This photo, taken from the same vantage point as the one in the previous post, shows what 20" of snow can do to a lovely autumn garden. All the pretty fall foliage is now buried or scattered on the snow...
Luckily, I didn't have any damage to any of my trees or shrubs even the apricot, below, which was still holding a lot of its leaves.
Today is bright and sunny and a breezy 45 degrees (F) --- major meltage happening! Seriously, I don't want to see any more snow until December 21st. Let's keep snow a winter happening, eh?!
Who doesn't look great in red? This plant combo outside my office window is still going strong. Autumn Brilliance serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora), compact burning bush (Euonymus alatus compacta) and bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguinem) all strut their stuff for several weeks during the fall.
My Northern red oak (Quercus rubra), on the other hand, never turns red, just a milk chocolate brown. It's losing its leaves today. All of them. This is one smart tree, as we are expecting heavy snows midweek.
What color(s) is your garden wearing now?
We have managed to put most of our garden to bed for the winter! here are a few photo updates with some of the joys and lessons of this season
In September we planted lettuce, spinach, beets, and radishes. Although they've sprouted, there hasn't been very much growth....
Looking across the salt flats of Death Valley
In response to an invitation by fellow garden blogger Pam, at Digging, I’m going to write a bit about some of the National Parks I’ve visited over the years. As Pam noted in her introductory post (here), most gardeners share a love of the greater outdoors, not just their own little patch of dirt. There’s so much to learn from, and be inspired by, the vast expanses of natural landscapes featured in our parks. Each and every one of them has at least one OMG! vista that will live in your mind’s eye forever. They are truly a gift of our American heritage.
One of my earliest childhood memories is of a rare family vacation that was not just a visit to “the relatives.” Our destination was
My Most Recent
Last December my husband and I took a long road trip over the Christmas holidays. Part of the plan was to spend a day in
My All Time Favorite
Gotta be Mesa Verde. I first visited this park when I was about ten years old. I loved reading historical fiction as a child. Stories of pioneers, cowboys and, particularly, Native Americans were my favorites. The idea that this remnant of an ancient civilization had been discovered just recently by working cowboys really captured my imagination. As I grew older, my interests in architecture, fine crafts, and plants! would also be enriched and expanded by visits to Mesa Verde. My roots are deep in the southwest;
Been Here, Too
Rocky Mountain - kind of a snooze for me, I see vistas like this all the time!
Great Sand Dunes - a fun, fun family spot.
Don’t Forget our National Monuments!
They are certainly smaller, but typically quirky and fun. Check out
We have been very busy during the last week with our rooftop crops, harvesting, weighing and recording data. Thanks to the volunteers who have helped us out (Erin, Daryl, Laura, Megan, Frank, Ana, Tim and Jon) we have successfully harvested all of our radishes and obtained a lot of data.
The methods we used were as follows: (Each pot had 3 radishes in it)
- Remove the soil from the pot and using a bucket of water, separated each radish (attempting to keep the roots intact).
- Photograph the radishes with I.D tag
- Number radishes/leaves from each pot 1, 2, or 3
- Measure root length, bulb (height and width), and leaf (height and width)
- Weigh radish bulb
- Weigh radish leaves
- Dry the radish/leaves and weigh again
After labeling each radish and it's leaves with a number 1-3 we put them into a paper bag labeled with their I.D (an I.D. for example might read R-GG-1 meaning 'radish-Gaia Green- replicate 1'). We weighed them immediately after harvest as well as 5 or 6 days later after they had dried out. This is to account for any variation in mass due to water retention.
Now the fun part... analyzing all the numbers!
While we are doing that we will soon be starting to harvest the next crop... kale.
We noticed visually that there were increases in size of radish between the control (no amendment) and the ones grown with amendments. Not surprisingly the Miracle Grow radishes were quite a bit larger but we noticed that radishes grown in Gaia Green also did very well and seemed to have healthier, larger foliage.
We will look at the trends that the data tells us to get a better idea and know for sure what the differences are.. stay tuned!
We awoke this morning to our first snow of the season. Snow in October isn’t that unusual, but sunny skies and mild temperatures are the norm. As you can see, my Autumn Brilliance serviceberry has barely had a chance to show off its brilliance!
I’m feeling a bit smug that I got my artichokes harvested before this weather hit. Unfortunately, they just weren’t very tasty. Even the smallest buds were very tough, and the leaves of the larger buds were pretty much “meatless.” My plant’s label did not include a variety name, but next year I’m going to search out one called ‘Emerald’ that is supposedly is frost and heat tolerant with few spines.
We had a nice visit from Jack Frost last night. A late afternoon rain and temperatures down into the 30s made for a perfect collaboration.
Plants closest to the house or paving were spared Jack's icy paintbrush, but those a bit further out in the garden got a nice, light whitewashing.
Snow will be here before we know it!