Yes, I am alive and well (thanks to joycet for tracking me down). My husband has been on sabbatical for the past several months in CA, and as a single parent with a teenage son things got a little hectic -nothing went drastically wrong, just busy.
Gardening this summer was a bit of a mess. Rainy weekends and reduced sun was great for some plants - looks of weeds and new seedlings- and difficult for others - root rot and less blooms. The winter's ice storm resulted in the removal of several pine trees so I started a new garden of specimen trees and shrubs- a few japanes maple; magnolia 'Betty', purple-blooming witch hazel; daphne 'Carol Mackie'.
Even the deer seemed confused; pressured seemed later in the season but then was pretty intense.
I took over the city's children garden for the master gardeners. I finally learned something about planting vegetables. Typically I stick to perennials and shrubs. My favorites were Dill's Giant pumpkin, yard-long beans and birdhouse gourds.
I hope all of you are well.
The husband gets home next week, so I should be able to engage in my old activities, including keeping up with you all, soon.