It was a very pleasant week with moderate daytime temps and cool nights. Fall is the season when I linger over each flower knowing that with the first frost it will be lost. I didn't spend a lot of time lingering this week though since I had a lot of post Irene garden cleanup. The most damage was to dahlias and roses--both were top heavy with bud or bloom. The roses will recover but some of the dahlias were broken off at the tuber so they are lost for this year. The biggest impact in my garden this week is Sweet Autumn Clematis. This is an aggressive vine that I trim every couple of weeks to restrain it to the arbor. But it is a show stopper when it blooms.