Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Is In The Air

The first tinges of red, yellow, and gold are touching the trees, bushes and undergrowth at Shady Hollow. The tulip poplars have been dropping leaves for awhile now. I’ve already removed them from the deck once and its ready for another cleaning.

Acorns and hickory nuts are falling. The sound of a big hickory nut landing on the metal roof of the garden shed is common at this time of year. Unfortunately those same nuts fall on our cars, mimicking hail damage.

Its time for fall chores. Bushes need to be pruned, gardens cleared of vegetable plants no longer producing, leaves to be turned into compose piles for next spring. These days, the mere thought makes my back hurt in anticipation.

My back will have to get used to it, however. The fall season lets me have one last period of garden activity before settling in to wait out the winter indoors (as much as possible) for I don’t do “cold” very well.

I have several hydrangea to replant, along the front of the cottage, I think. Other newly rooted shrubs will be placed in a south facing area to winter in their pots. There are bulbs to dig and place in the basement to overwinter.

If I get time, I plan to move some of the daylilies to a better location.

If I get time.

That statement seems to encompass my entire existence this year. Time seems to be traveling at warp speed. Days are flying by much too quickly. Maybe the slower pace of winter will be a good thing for me this year.

We’ll see.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Emerging Butterfly

A few weeks ago we noticed a tiger swallowtail butterfly that had just emerged from its cocoon and was drying its wings.

The years I’ve spent planting flowers and shrubs that are attractive to butterflies have paid off. Many various butterflies have stopped by to sample the nectar this summer. This one, however, in his or her stage of hatching and drying, was still long enough to have its picture taken.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Where Did the Time Go?

I haven’t posted to this blog in ages it seems. I wanted too. Really I did. Time just kept on slipping by and “I’ll do it tomorrow” turned from days into weeks.

Now, suddenly, it’s Labor Day Weekend. I have a few days off work and a list that’s as long as I am tall that I want to get accomplished. Can I do it? Not totally, I’m sure. I think I can make a dint in it though.

First this morning I have a vet visit with our cat, Tigger. After that I’ll be rolling up my sleeves and tackling some of my list items.

How are you spending the Labor Day Weekend? A trip to the beach or mountains may be in your plans,or just getting caught up on rest since we are all working harder these days.

Maybe, like me, you have a list of chores to get done around the house. I’d love to hear what you’re doing. It would make for great reading when I take a break.

Right now, however, I have to gather up a 16 pound cat and haul him off to the vet. Wish me luck!