As we reach mid-november, we have now had over 114 mm of rain, much of it accompanied with gusty winds up in the 50s (kph). Yesterday we experienced the 1st 24 hour period without rain since the 2nd, but more in the night. Those areas whithout much soil are filled with lost of standing puddles., so far the mound-planted maples are above the water or well enough established. But I see trouble ahead for some more mature maples, like pseudosiboldianum or A. x conspicuum 'Silver Vein', located in areas where the wet 2021 and droughty 2022 weakened them. As usual time will tell, already there are 4-5 more dead ones to pull from this spring. Maples are Sysiphean in scope. A couple hours of sun brings out some red or orange, but wow is it fleeting. So I did get a few shots that aren't plain yellow. The brightest plant this year is the Sweetgum rootstock, the graft broke years ago, but I let it go. It has better colors than the cultivars; we have several, but they didn't do much this year. Now in the process of weeding pots, spraying with copper/sulfur, getting out of rain, organizing groups to be planted by planting season, etc. It's a large job, some of the other small collections (Viburnum, Sorbus) grew really well this year and are already up to 3l pots. There will be a reduction in lawn coming, to make space for these in the main garden.