Fall is Here – Almost

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!

Deutzia and ferns line the walkway

Steps to barn

Looking up towards the barn and the rest of the gardens.

The mosaic steps end and the red rock continues around the entire ledge.

About Susan Guagliumi

I am an author, craftsperson and a gardener. My proposal for a book tentatively titled "The Artful Gardener" was just accepted by Stewart, Tibori and Chang Publishers. Although this will be my fifth book, it is the first outside the area of hand/machine knitting. The manuscript is due early in 2013 and the book is scheduled for Spring of 2014. A somewhat longer process than giving birth to a child, embarking on an author's journey can be just as daunting, exciting and almost as fulfilling.
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