“Fall”, the name is so appropriate. Living in the Northeast United States, we are blessed with a change in seasons. The temperatures fall and the leaves begin their annual color change. The chlorophyll which gives the plants their green color through out the growing season is now lacking because of the shortened daylight so the reds, oranges and golds take over. We call it “leaf peeping season”.
Working in the garden during this time of year is magical amidst the bright hues of the warm colored foliage and random shower of dying leaves that seem to float to the ground. The blue sky that surrounded us in summer appears to have deepened to a bit more gray.
We welcome the fallen leaves that are starting to pile up in the corners of our buildings as they will be collected for use on sheet-mulched areas as an additional organic layer.
The Japanese maples are still holding their leaves and colors. I came upon this interesting culinary use for Japanese maple leaves ( http://www.boredpanda.com/japanese-fried-maple-leaf-tempura) but I don’t know if I am adventurous enough to try it.
This year the gardens have been busy with a stream of families and their photographers taking advantage of this colorful natural background. This witty quote (http://melissaandbeth.com/kansas-city-wedding-photographers/) I found “October is to photographers what April is to accountants” has really proven it this year.
A few more weeks remain before the trees will be bare again and the bones of the garden will be showing. It is the perfect time for planting since the weather is cooler. Roots have a better chance to take hold, since the plant doesn’t need to put energy into leaves and flowers now before the ground freezes. Usually there is adequate rainfall at this time of year which reduces the need for watering newly planted areas.
The trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs that are waiting for permanent homes in the garden aren’t going to plant themselves so I guess I need to get moving. Enjoy the season wherever you are! Fall is for planting.