Essay — Seeing red

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We’re seeing red in Carpenter Country this week, thanks to a brief cold snap that convinced the plants fall had finally arrived.

The Loropetalum, also known as Chinese fringe-flower, must have been anxious for summer to end, because she shifted to red very quickly.


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Even though the cold spell lasted several days, some blossoms didn’t get the status update.

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How quickly do you adapt when seasons change?



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HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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