Margaret Moseley has dug in for the duration, and nothing can pry her away from home for the near future.
"Everybody who knows me knows I will not leave home this time of year until the ginkgo leaves have fallen," says the 95-year-old, whose garden has been the subject of television shows and has appeared in magazines, newspapers and books. "I'm not going anywhere, even to get my hair fixed."
What is this about? Margaret planted a ginkgo tree right outside her large sun porch around 30 years ago. "It was about the size of a broom handle, about three feet tall," she recalls. "It's now over 40 feet high. My friend Cy says they are slow growing, but mine just took off." Every November, the leaves turn a bright gold and then all at once, within an hour's time, they fall to the ground.