The sleet and snow of the past few days are gone but my lavender is still going! The snow finished off the last of the zinnias, the cosmos, the geraniums, the begonias and impatiens of course, and about the only thing still blooming is the lavender and lantana, and one pot of scavelola which is still pushing out some fleurs also. I tell you, it's the purples, they are the strongest of all the flowers. Most of the trees still have their leaves, which seems amazing to me on November 1. Aren't we usually raking leaves by now?