Journal of Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr. - November
- Fall is with us. Only the willows, the Lombardy poplars, & to some extent the apples have retained their leaves.
- One hundred each Scilla Campanulata "Excelsior" & Maxima Alba planted in woods south of house and 10 each Cypripedium "Reginae", "Pogonia", "Ophioglossoides" and Orchis "Spectabilis" planted area south of stream.
- 82° this afternoon: all time record for this day.
- Oliver & Carolyn Pendar here for week and Party of 18 at Rabbit for them on 2nd.
- Move to smaller vegetable garden beyond nursery and converted old veg. garden graded with top soil by back hoe & seeded as a lawn.
- A.G.R Jr. on DS to C.B.S. as Asst 5-3.
- Jones finished painting outside of house & garage which he began Oct. 15th. All doors, trim, screens a light yellow/grey with second floor shutters green.
- Greenwood's figure installed & grading around the pool underway.
- "Mish" tree and viburnum planted today. In P.M. to Pickering Hunt for races.
- F.D. Roosevelt President of U.S.A soundly defeated Landon, Republican nominee.
- Hardy border in front of new wall "double trenches" and maneure dug in to depth of 18". Tile edgeing put in as far as it would go until C. Willing makes more.
- 3 English yew planted against new kitchen wall w/ dwarf ilix hedge. 4 leucothoe, & an Enkianthus under dining room window..
- Gaston Henri and Isabelle Arteuille entered our employ.
- Returned home on Q.E. 2 after rough voyage from Paris ten days motor to Bale, Alsace, Burgandy, & four days at Samur.
- A.G.R. Jr. Caterer at The Rabbit.
- 20°at 6:30am.
- Magargee Bros. Inc. finished outside painting Minder House.
- Warmest day on record. 70° at 4:00pm.
- Upper Bank Nurseries today, planted Hemlock on brook road, yew above stream west of drive, pendunculosa holly & black beach above hardy border & added some pinus to planting above stream east of drive.
- Begining 9:00pm, three days of rain, total 3"+, temporarily ending drought.
- Earle & Gaffey, Democrats elected Governer and Senator of Penna.
- Beginning at 10:00Am snow: total amounted to 7" Earlist heavy snow on record.
- Tulips in cutting garden planted. Bed had been double trenched a fortnight before.
- Tulips from Holland planted in cutting bed.
- P. Pepe completed reseeding of lawn around house, using spent mushroom soil & "rye grass".
- Surface of new drive at Minder House put on today & on 8th.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R.(Janet Newlin Rosengarten) to Chicago by TWA to stay with the Murphy's, returning Nov. 9th.
- Mandes completed raising wall of new rose garden one foot.
-Weldon Nurseries completed planting fore-court of Chanticleer.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R.(Janet Newlin Rosengarten) with the Wests to Easton, MD for Platt's wedding anniversary.
- Record rainfall of two inches.
-Bickers taking down tree at Chanticleer & around the pond.
- J.N.R. and A.G.R. planted ine hundred grape hyanciths by new Scotch pines.
- A.G.R. Jr. transfers from 111th Inf. to C.B.S. & assigned as Asst S-3
- Two cutting beds in "new walled" garden finished today. Old beds against wall to be grassed. Two more beds to be dug later.
- Weldon Nurseries(East Starr) completed planting of fore-court Chanticleer: spreading yew & wiltonii jumper.
- Second straight record setting heat: over 75° max
- Lilac "Ellen Willmott" planted against south wall of house. Two other lilacs planted by telegraph pole.
- A.G.R. Jr. Shot 23 out of 25 at Cassatts skeet shoot this P.M.
- Maj. Gen. John P. Douglas of London arived and stayed until 14th.
- Bickers finish planting inside new masonry entrance, including five ne glauca spruce on N. side of drive. Replanting from old stock.
-Completed by Mandes & Co. at Minder House extension of wall above rose garden with fill to breach of coping, and excavated area at junction box with finish of bolders: at Chanticleer 1" to pebble walksretaing west of green garden.
-New tulips House Beds A & B planted
- Lily-of-valley planted by stream. Wintry weather - leaves all gone but no frost in ground.
- Planted tulips in flower beds today.
- Carl & Priscilla Weining here for the weekend. To Princeton for the Harvard game and returned for dinner.
- Bickers planted 2 hemlocks (1st on Brooke Road, 2nd in wood), 1 white dogwood, above hardy border
- High winds & snow brought down old apple tree outside breakfast roon at Chanticleer.
- James and Amy Fear departed after their dismissal.
- John P. Hallahan Inc. finished roof today. Job included "snubbing" the gable ends. Cutting or trimming the dormer windows and putting on new rain gutters.
- Tulips planted in new hardy border: 460 plants
- Rush, Luther & Co. completed stone wall on N bank of stream, W of bridge with the grading. (2 loads) pending it is a big improvement
- 3 Shadblow & 3 carpinus (Hornbeam) in low ground N of 840 Church Road & 3 Alder (Winter berry) along stream: Tad Starr
- Fifteen clumps of tulips planted in hardy border. Limited double trenching.
- Both beds of hardy border double trenched (bastard): completed today
- Excess temp. since first of the month is 129deg. Warm spell really began about Oct. 26th. Ended this evening with cooler weather.
- Yale Game at Princeton
- Shingle roof on house & garage treated by Chem. Asphalt Roof Coating Co. today
- Yvonne and Raoul Fournier entered our employ
- New Walls along stream S. of bridge being built
- Samuel P Gibbon spent the night after he & A.G.R Jr as "old comrades" awarded Bi-Centennial winner of the F.T.P.C.C.
- Magargee Bros. finished painting 1st & 2nd floor hall & some Minder outside
- Tulip's planted in the cutting garden which now consists of six beds, each of which is now or soon will be edged with a brick edging.
- Tulip's planted in the "lower" cutting garden. freeing space in "upper" cutting garden for wall flowers, etc... "Lower" cutting garden is filled land w/ 3 beds
- Perhaps 1/10" rain: severe drought, -13" from normal. Pond full.
- First really hard frost: latest on record.
- "Double Trenching" with cow manure of flower beds completed.
- First snow storm - but it did not last long.
- 14 doz. tulips planted in the hardy border. After the perennials had been taken out of the "new garden". Very warm fall so far. Work on remaking the cutting garden not yet complete.
- 50 clausania tulips (bought in Holland) planted in bed below library.
- 15 doz. tulips planted in the hardy border. Three varieties.
- Bank of ajuga (bugle) planted below dining room.
- While A.G.R. Jr was at St. Paul's School, three white pines planted N. of drive to block out Brooke Road.
- M. Croll of St. Davids put up glass doors, in place of screen doors, from living room to porch. replaced wooden door to cellar, did misc. work in house.
- 200 Darwin tulips planted in Hardy Border.
- Peter & Catherine Hagan entered our employ today.
- A wet snow beginning about 6:00am to depth 3-4". Roads open.
- Beca(dog) died this afternoon: cause unknown: aged 8 + years.
- Hardy border, upon which much work had been done this fall, covered with ground-lime & hoed, much labor.
- A wet snow fell during the night.
- Very warn for the season. Tulips planted in flower beds A & B.
-Warmest November day on record, temp reaching 70°
- A.G.R. Jr home tonight on 2 days leave from C.B.S. Spent at Chanticleer.
- 15 clumps of tulips planted in hardy border this P.M.
- Roses removed from the Rose Garden, which hence forth will be a green garden.
- A.G.R Jr to Knoxville with Teen Hayworth for Thanksgiving. Visited Stone's River Battlefield.
- A.G.R. Jr & J.N.R. inspected Minder House. It has been drained & and will not be heated due to oil shortage.
- A.G.R. Jr & J.N.R at Thomasville & opened the Basin today. Very warm & exceptionally dry with no scent. Fair crop of birds he returned on 24th w/ 15 quail.
- Annual meeting of The Garden Club of Philadelphia held at Minder House.
- Digging of raked manure into hardy border completed today.
- Tulips in hardy border planted. Drought still severe, def. 11-1/2"
- Cutting tulips planted in bed below the old Rose garden: now green garden.
- A very warm week.
- Another snow storm. Great Uncle Harry Thompson's funeral in Wilmington.
- F.D.R.'s Thanksgiving. J.N.R., C.C.N. & A.G.R. Jr. rode from Fox's in A.M. Mild for the season of year.
- To Chicago to see the Murphys.
- Light, wet snow during the day it melted as it hit the ground.
- To Billy Denison at Fishkill, NY for Thanksgiving.
- Clear & warmer. Finished planting the tulips.
- Applied 3 tons of ground lime to the lawn. Last work this year.
- Thanksgiving: Rain in A.M. changed to sleat and then to snow. We got stuck coming back from Aunt Clara's. Tried to pull Packard up hill with Cheverolet but got that stuck too. Dug out Friday A.M.
- Approx one ton of Wayside Garden's Organic plant food applied to the lawn.
- New tulips planted in cutting bed.
- New tulips planted in hardy border & in cutting beds.
- A.G.R. Jr. & J.N.R. returned from 3 day Merck junket to Puerto Rico
- A.G.R. Jr. & V.S.R. to Knoxville for Thanksgiving. Returned Nov 30th.
- A.G.R. Jr. reported on housing at Annual Meeting of Neighborhood League.
- William H. Doyle Inc. after much difficulty due to attempting tocorrect one mistake by making another, completed doing over the drive with a layer of black top. A poor job.
- The hurricane: We lost only a few unimportant trees but power was off for thirty hours: However, contents of freezer unharmed. Meanwhile we were enjoying ourselves in Chicago.
- O.P. Jackson saw a doe on our "Three Acers" which ran off thru garden towar Harrisons.
- After double trenching of beds eight clumps of tulips planted.
- James O'Brien took down fly- screens & put away porch furniture.
- Quite cold for Thanksgiving. Cleaned up place and put in snow stakes on drive.
- A.G.R. JR & J.N.R. departed today for Chicago to spend the Thanksgiving vacation with Jack & Peggy Murphy.
- A.G.R. Jr. to Rahway, on to New York for the night and on to Kennebunkport & Maine for Thanksgiving with Orton & Ann Jackson. Returned December 1st.
- Working on the falls project: the stream, its bed & its banks.
- A.G.R. JR. & J.N.R. moved from Kinterra to Chanticleer as first stage, Harold & Marion temporairily at Elizabeth Campbell.
- E.P. Jackson's "Thirty-Ninth" Birthday Dinner of 23 at Chanticleer.
- Campbell, plumber, working on alternate shower system
- Today & tomorrow 6 white pines & 5 rhododendron planted along vista & 2 White pines Brooke Road cor. w/ Harrison Accross stream many small viburnum (various species).
- C.P.R.'s 89th birthday attended by the Jacksons, the Pattersons, Chas Penrose, & us.
- C.P.R.'s 90th Birthday: Jacksons, the R's
- We moved in
- J.N.R. meet A.G.R. Jr. in A.M. at Southern Pines, N.C. We then moved to Ft. Benning, Georgia where A.G.R. Jr. registered & enrolled in the BN. Commanders & Staff Officers Course on Nov. 30th 1941, presumably for 3 months.
- To Thomasville for three days with the Cookes and the Keiths.
- After 1+" of rain yesterday, deficancey for year is 3.66"
- Grading w/ bought top soil of Meadow N. of Water Wheel, S. bank of stream.
- A.G.R. returned from 5 days Oakland w/ 44 quail.
- End of a very warm month: Excess temp. 146 degrees - rainfall 2.64in.
- Excess temp. for month 126°; rainfall 4.07 in; Excess rainfall since Jan. 1st 7.83 in.
- Defeciency for month 58°; rainfall 0.69 in : defeciency sin Jan 1st 3.22 deg.
- Excess temp. for month 16° : rain fall 3.44 in.
- Excess temp. for month 91° : rain fall 3.11 in.
- Excess temp. for month 40° : rainfall 4.24 in.
- A.G.R. Jr. departed for three days shooting at Thomasville, N.C.
- J.N.R. & A.G.R. JR. to Thomasville N.C. for three days shooting with the Cookes.
- Upper Bank Nurseries put in this week: one big & two small hemlocks on line in between door & hole on Brooke Rd. misc. planting in swamp incl. hemlocks & holly as well as two hemlocks on Brooke Rd.
- Although rainfall for Nov. was 3" & for year 28.40", defeciency since Jan. 1st is 10.82"
- Rainfall for the month was 6.5": normal 3.3.
- Despite 5" of snow, 19 out of 25 attended "Snilt & Bridge Party" at the Phila. Club
- A.G.R. Jr. & H.R. Neilson returned from 4 days at Oakland w/ 70 quail.
- Record rainfall of 9.06": wettest month in 101 years of bureau records.
- Coldest Nov. on record and the driest in 106 years.
- Rain on 20 out of 30 days, with total for month 7.76" & excess for year 7.62"
- Excess of rain for year 9": ground very wet.
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