Fall is here . . . .almost. Still no leaves changing color, but the nights are too cool for tomatoes to ripen and I have already dug out the tender bulbs to store for next year. Just those darned leaves, which will still be coming down in December. Beware of beeches and oaks if you like to be leafless for the water. They are the last to come down and often don’t finish until the new leaves are starting in the spring. Time to get the leaf blowers out and ready!
The cooler weather has been great for finishing up projects and getting real work done – like adding more soil and manure on beds that have settled. And clipping back any plants that are done for the season. Or washing out all the bird baths and feeders for the months to come.
I also managed to get the mosaic steps behind the barn done – finally – and some Dutzia Niko planted along one side and more ferns along the other. I have had excellent luck moving Christmas ferns from the nearby woods into various beds. They are so grateful for any attention – or fertilizer – and thrive in captivity!
So -without further delay – here are the steps that lead from the back of the barn to the trail around the ledge!