Saturday, October 30, 2010

End of October

Today was cold, in the low 50s and breezy.  Cloudy.  But earlier this week, before a front came through, we had balmy days.

At one point during the week, I was sitting in the Adirondack chair at the far end of the yard next to the Birch Garden.  There was a blue sky, it was very warm, windy, and all the colors of fall were dancing around in the gusts of wind.  Yellow leaves began raining down in swirls and eddies, and they sparkled as they were blown around.  It was a bright shower of leaves glittering in the blue sky.  A magical moment.

Today I spread more of the Espoma gravel vole bloc in the front garden.  That's two big bags, covered up with some compost.  I took out some of the sedums that the voles had really eaten off at the roots.  I had put out traps, and they apparently ate all the peanut butter bait, nothing left of that at all.  But the traps were unsprung.

I didn't know the gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) turned yellow in fall.  It looks really nice in the container with the still green foliage of the soapwort, with its dried arching gooseneck flower spikes still on.

The sourwood has lost all its leaves and looks so small and sparse.  Is it thriving?  It looked ok this summer, but does not seem to have grown even an inch.

Does it even seem much bigger than it was in 2007?  I guess.

The black gum behind the dry creek bed also seems to be ok, but hasn't grown an inch.  And its naturally tiered structure is getting flatter and flatter and weirder.  The top seems to be missing.

Sourwood and Black Gum are both slow growers... but are these ok??

A shot to end with:
I love this view, but the dry creek bed looks a little too structured and neat, like a symmetrical trench.  It needs more variation and some rougher-shaped edges.  And some plant stuff spilling around it.  Hmmmmm.

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