Tuesday, November 1, 2016
A Perfect November Day
The weather forecast for today predicted a fantastic day. A hard overnight frost was followed by clear skies and temperatures that reached well into the 50's. This glorious afternoon was spent running fallen maple leaves through the lawn mower creating perfect garden mulch. The bags of shredded leaves will be piled and covered with a tarp. If all goes as planned, we will find fine, dry, aged, ph proper mulch for our basil planting next June. How much better than that does it ever get?
Our original Gloriosa daisies were given to us many years ago by Elle, an elderly gardener that took us under her wing. Many of her plants still grow in our gardens so we remember her fondly and often. This last of the season flower looks rather stunning dressed with frost.
Foxglove has found many locations around the garden to send down roots. We prefer to have it grow at the base of stone walls. That type of location seems satisfactory to the plant as it reseeds wildly there. A generous coating of frost highlights the texture of these leaves.
Cone flower has been a favorite of the lady of the garden forever. It now grows here in unmanageable numbers. We hate to discard living plants but a run through the compost pile happens to this plant rarely. An end of the season flower still holding petals and a perfect seed head looks lovely with its frost overcoat beginning to melt in the morning sun.
If our overnight freeze was harsh enough to end nearly all of the tiny biting black bugs, this will have been a truly perfect day.