|It took all summer for the bluestone steps to look like they were settled in.|
Now, with grass grown up between them and after adding some dirt at the edges,
they seem integrated into the lawn a little better.
Winterberry hollies do their best to stave off the dark and cold that is coming, but their bright red berries will be gone by the time snow comes. Usually the birds strip the berries, but I have seen deer eat them too.
|Winterberry holly -- Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' -- never looks like much all spring and summer.|
It's just a green shapeless leafy thing. But when the berries form, these rangy shrubs redeem themselves in the garden.
The last trees in the woods to lose their leaves are the sweetgums, but even they know winter is coming. Oaks and some of the witch hazels hold onto their leaves well into winter, but those are brown and dry. The sweetgums will lose all theirs, but they stay colorful and hang on until the very end. But the end comes.
The paper birches now hold court over the yard. Stripped of leaves, they take on a ghostly dignity.
Yep, around the bend and down the path and a few more days into the calendar, and it will be here.