Thursday, October 29, 2009
I mentioned earlier how quickly the trees have been loosing their leaves this year. It seems like one day they are in their full glory and then the next day they are bare. Below are two pictures taken of one of our Japanese Maples. The pictures were taken exactly one week apart.
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Sunday, October 25, 2009
No walk is complete without a buddy to go along with you. Cleo enjoys tromping around the property as much as I do. She particularly likes all the paths that I have mown the last 3 weeks.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I spent a few hours this morning finishing cleaning up the vegetable garden. The tomato plants, beans, squash vines, sunflowers, and cosmos have all been stacked on the compost pile. I raked the soil smooth again and cleaned up any debris that was stuck in the netting. It's now all ready for a long winter's rest.
It's also hard to remember how stuffed it was this summer with healthy, productive plants.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
This morning I planted some bulbs in the front walkway area. I purchased them a week ago at the Saturday Farmer's Market. Buggy Crazy had a really nice selection of different bulbs, tubers and corms for sale. Beth and I each picked up a few new ones. I planted one group of narcissus " Tete-a-Tete" and another group of a fragrant narcissus. Hopefully today's work will pay off with beauty and enjoyment in the Spring.
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Monday, October 12, 2009
Last week, the night of October 5th/morning of October 6th, we had our first light frost. Last night, we had a heavy killing frost. The temperature read 28 degrees as I drove into town this morning. The dahlias that were lightly damaged a week ago were burned black this morning. Luckily, the weather was predicted. So late yesterday afternoon I snuck back down to the garden and picked the last bouquet of the year. Here's to Summer 2009! A banner year for Winter Squash, Tomatos, and Acorns. What will next year's challenges and triumphs be?
Beth and I made it down to the Farmer's Market this morning. It was such a perfect Fall day. The market could be summed up in two words - Squash and dahlias. How handy that they are two of my favorite things!
One new face at the market this week was sweet potatoes. I don't know what variety these were but they were covered in a beautiful purple skin.
The flower vendors were flooded with dahlias. They were the main star in every bouquet found.
But for me the day was all about Squash. Every booth had lovely piles. The most common were "Delicata", "Acorn", "Butternut" and "Buttercup". But I also found "Kabocha", "Spaghetti" and "Sweet Dumpling".
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Besides being a stellar year for Winter Squash and Tomatos, it also is an amazing year for Acorns. I started finding them littered on the ground weeks ago and their numbers have only increased since then. There are literally dozens and dozens under each Oak tree and many more still in the trees, waiting their turn to fall. I don't have any way to explain this year's abundance. All I know - it's a great year to be a squirrel!