Time to Sit and Watch the Leaves

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”
— Elizabeth Lawrence

Thanks to Shirley of Pender Nursery in NC for posting this in a recent e-mail. I love the NC writer, Elizabeth Lawrence, whose books are wonderful recipes of seasonal gardening chores and observations, mixed in with garden philosophy. Great reads, especially in the winter when there is time to settle in with a good garden book.

The leaves are really crankin’ here at Woodland Cottage. It’s maybe the fastest change I can remember. On Monday, there was little color; two days later, we’re almost at peak. One glance out any window here generates a “Wow!” in my brain. Here are some photos showing my views–I think they speak for themselves.

From the living room window...

From the living room window...

...and from the dining room...

...and from the dining room...

...and from my bedroom.

...and from my bedroom.

Color, color, color, all around…love it.

Posted under The Fall Garden, Writers

This post was written by Jeff Minnich on October 27, 2010

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Get Those Bulbs In!

It’s now time to plant your spring-flowering bulbs. Here in the Mid-Atlantic/Upper South, we are already into planting Daffodils, Narcissus, Crocus, Snowdrops…but the ground is still a little too warm to plant Tulips and Hyacinths. Best to wait until November and December to plant those, when the soil has cooled a bit more. Of course, in the North, all should go in ASAP; in the South, where bulbs can be planted, things are just revving up.

And you can plant bulbs anytime you can get a trowel in the ground and dig a deep enough hole…I’ve planted bulbs in January, or even February, and had them come up and bloom. Sure, they might be out of sync that first year (coming up and blooming later), but they roll into the cycle of all the others come year two.

Posted under Spring Flowers

This post was written by Jeff Minnich on October 19, 2010

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