Almost all the leaves are down from the trees, with the exception of one large maple. I’ll wait a little while and then call my garden guy who will climb on the roof and blow out the gutters. Then he’ll blow the worst of the downed leaves out from the garden beds. I don’t mind some as a winter blanket of insulation.
- The leaves have fallen from the ninebark by the lattice, from the crepe myrtles and all the red twig dogwoods. The solidago provides some color as does the yucca in the foreground. I almost took it out in the summer but now am glad I didn’t. The Asian honeysuckle in the background has berries but they are not good food for birds.
2. After cutting back some of the New England asters we can now see the garden sculpture I made from wine barrel hoops. I need to learn how to weld!
3. A New England aster that hasn’t gotten the “winter is here” memo.
4. Tall grasses add texture to the garden at this time of year.
5. A maple near the deck can be seen from inside the house. It suddenly lit up last week.
6. Inside a boxwood topiary made with my friend Carol Meholic’s help, graces my kitchen. I run water over it daily to keep the Oasis moist.