I haven't rambled for a while, so thought I would do so again.
Janet mentioned her yucko day. Janet, don't mean to make you or anyone else feel bad, but it is gorgeous here. Our dreadfully hot, dry weather has finally broken. We had about 3" of rain during October, after only having about 1 1/2" for the prior two months. It was a very hot, dry summer. Temps are also now great, going into 40s and 50s at night and 70s to low 80s during the day, although we had a couple nights in the 20s with heavy frost. Overall, I think the weather gets no better than this at my place.
Laurel, glad to see you are getting your house planning resolved. I think you will really enjoy more outside room, since you like gardening.
Brooke, the orchid information was very interesting. I like to read about it and enjoy pictures, but dare not allow myself to get into growing orchids. I can't even afford my daylily hobby.
Jan, sorry about the deer problem. I have deer all over the place, but fortunately they don't yet bother the daylilies. They once ate some of the inexpensive ones and spit them out. If they ever find the expensive ones, I'm sure they will love the taste. When I first built the house, I planted lots of things, including small trees. I ran electric wires around the place for a few years. They crawled under the wire a couple of times and then avoided it. It was funny to see tracks leading up to the wire about two feet apart and those leaving, after being zapped, about 8 feet apart.
I am not yet mulching plants. I mowed the trail to the woods and need to trim back a few low hanging limbs. I will wait until we have colder weather before going to the woods to rake pine needles. We have rattlers and I stay out of the woods until we get enough cold to let them know winter is here.
Yellow jackets are awful here. I was working yesterday and had one actually land on the frame of my glasses. It appeared to be rather happy with its achievement, but I wasn't too thrilled to have yellow jacket company resting less than an inch away.
Speaking of critters, something (voles?) munched on about 9' of a garden hose. I turned on the water to the sprinkler and no water came out the sprinkler. Looking closer, I found they had actually eaten holes in the water hose. For your amusement, picture provide below.