THE NORTH wind doth blow and we shall have snow. EEEEEeee-e-e!

We may be wrong, you know, ever to have fooled with a garden. Though of course we have pleasant little tasks, that keep us amused:

This is the ideal time to clean the leaves from the lily pool. You rake neatly from the sides, bringing up the corruption from the bottom -- deposited by Norway maples, needless to say. After an hour and a half of this, you notice you are not getting many leaves on the rake. You must therefore lower the water level. After some hours you go out again and get a lot more leaves. There is no known way to perform this operation without getting soaked.But you cannot do it sooner, because the leaves have not all fallen. And you must do it or the leaves will decompose and noxious gas will kill the fish. y

Now then, having enjoyed this wholesome task, you examine the oak. Also the red maple, both great forest trees that some thoughtful predecessor planted on the small lot. There is considerable dead wood in the oak. It should be cut out. It is 5,396 feet aboce the ground and you, as it happens, get dizzy at 7.2 feet. Well, you work it out.

The wild clematis that got into the climbing roses, into the flowering plum, must be pulled and cut out now. It will not do to leave it till spring. Yank, yank, yank (as they say in dreams). In the real world, three hours in the wind, cutting more than pulling and filling a number of bean baskets that are trundled out to the alley, all the dogs excited and making egress and ingress great fun for the man with the bean basket.

The post supporting the akebia (or rose or clematis or honeysuckle, or even the post just sitting there) has veered from plumb. When better to straighten it? Do you really think you'll do it in the spring, as delicate new growth emerges like an emerald veil? Or do you, perhaps, thin Jan. 13 will be a better day than today? It is great fun to straighten posts, especially when they are set in concrete.

Certain wild elms, wild mimosas, have sprung up outside the fence. Many new mulberries have been born. Why, anybody can whisk through these in 10 minutes, surely? A full Saturday morning will as a rule suffice to clear them out.

Certain plants -- the thorniest of climbing roses, for example -- should be tied in. Awfully merry times ar spent doing this. The fastigate (cloumnar) yews should be pulled together (the various upright stems) with chains encased in heavy canvas or rubber hose. Just try it. Just try it.

There is something to be said -- as we ar all increasingly aware -- of moving to the Acme Arms Apartment. Or else paving all with concrete sprayed green.