"A solitary maple on a woodside flames in single scarlet,
recalls nothing so much as the daughter of a noble house
dressed for a fancy ball, with the whole family gathered
around to admire her before she goes."
- Henry James -
This Maple tree beside the house was beautiful with red
leaves as it is every Fall but now they are upon the ground
and have been mowed up to enhance the soil.
The leaves just went too fast this Fall because of
the dry conditions here in Ohio but they looked radiant
against the wonderful clear blue skies while they lasted.
Even the small leaves seemed to find my flowers
a pleasant place to rest and they to had to go to as
more flowers were brought in because of the forecast
of a freeze last night.I was glad they were wrong this
time and the remaining potted plants looked alright
As did some of the plants that are still trying to put
on some blooms. Iceberg roses have a pink tinge to
them now and I am simply loving this rose after its
first year in the rose bed. It is still putting on buds.
For those of you who grow it in the colder climates
is this pink tinge a normal occurrence when the days
grow shorter and the nights cooler?
Have I ever mentioned that I hate oak leaves. LOL!
I know a few times at least. But the tough things take
forever to break down and they find their way upon
my front porch and walkway all winter long from winter
winds blowing them in from the woods around here.
Some of the leaves will hang on through the winter.
It is as though they refuse to give up and leave
the trees or give up the Summer. I think I am like
those oak leaves because I hate to give up the
Summer to what lays ahead too.
Gone also are the bright red leaves from the Maple
tree across the road along the field.
The traffic was non stop last weekend by the house
so my daughter and I left the county and went south
to hike around Lake Hope and enjoy their scenery.
We thought it was only fair since they must have
all been up here for the day. LOL! We saw a few
lovely trees but their prettier leaves were gone like ours.
We did manage to run into swarms and swarms of
Asian Ladybugs or beetles. What a mess they are
here in Ohio. They are not like our Ladybugs and I
loath them and wish I could wring the neck of the
brilliant people who decided they would be wonderful
to kill other pests. When will we ever learn to leave
bugs and animals to their own habitat. I put them
right up there with the African bees only they won’t kill
you but your house and you will smell like your dead.
Just a few stragglers are trying to hang onto the maple
along the woodland bed.
The Bees are taking what flowers and blooms they
can find here in the garden now.
All the Impatiens and most of tender plants were pulled
up and thrown away Wednesday. Pots were cleaned
and lugged to the basement to wait until Spring.
There are still daffodil bulbs and a few lilies to plant
yet. I also have been waiting for a few months for an
order from a nursery that have to be planted yet if they
ever decided to show up before winter.
This may be a lesson learned about this nursery
and put on the do not buy from list.
Do any of you have a list of these nurseries besides
In the woods along the yard there are some beautiful
deep burgundy leaves and also some berries from
the Green Briar vines.
Join us with Tootsie at “ Tootsie Time “ for Fertilizer
Friday and ‘Flaunt Your Blooms’ !
I am off today to the Circleville Pumpkin Show with
my daughter. It has been a few years since we attended
so it should be fun to look at the changes and the
monster pumpkin. Of course I may have to force
myself to eat some pumpkin fudge or a waffle. LOL!
Everyone have a great weekend!
Happy Gardening Everyone !!