We’ve been just missing predicted frost the last few nights but I think this may well have been the last of the frost-free nights. It’s hard to complain because the average date for first frost in our area is October 25th but I thought that nature was trying to make amends for the disastrous summer growing season with high temps and no rainfall. We’ve had a lovely October and the vegetables that I, with only the faintest of hope of success, planted in the dregs of early August has been yielding in abundance.
Everything is growing as though the parched summer was only a distant memory and it does help rekindle my enthusiasm.
It’s quite unusual for us to have squash this time of year because it’s usually long gone to the squash borers by now.
In addition to the green beans which are doing nicely, the original planting of Swiss Chard went right through the drought as though it were no problem at all and the small patch has been flourishing this fall.
This wonderful fall weather has brought out the color for some of the trees and shrubs. It’s always amazing to see the variety of colors and forms that jump to the camera at this time of year. Let’s start with the Amur Maple that provides the backdrop for the MacGardens header.
This is a reliable treasure with consistent strong reds and golds on small leaves that flutter in the wind.
Another really strong red is the Sour Gum that grows wild in the second pasture.
It always colors up pretty early compared to a lot of the trees.
We also have a lot of wild sassafras that has pretty nice oranges and yellows in trees that line the pasture.
In the same area we have a lot of Bigtooth Aspen that not only color up nicely but flutter their leaves in the wind in a gentle whispering characteristic of the Aspens.
Of course you can’t go anywhere on our property without noticing the dogwoods, both wild and planted, that have to be one of the all time best four-season plants.
A couple of standout favorites for fall leaves are the Sweet Gum and the Sugar Maple.
The Sweet Gum is one of the first trees that we planted when we moved here 35 years ago. Followed only shortly afterwards by the Sugar Maple.
Finally a treasure at the bottom of the pasture is a pair of Pecans that color up very nicely in a good year. They always look very nice against the backdrop of White Pines that form that part of our boundary.
Of course they look pretty nice with just the sky as a backdrop as well…