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Autumn in New England

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Fall in New England is pure pleasure. The  colors, textures, sounds and even smells evoke a sense of tradition, comfort and home. For those who can’t make it here to Connecticut and other northeastern states to witness the changing of the leaves, there are people like me who are happy to capture the beauty and share. Enjoy!

Updated photos (forgot to export with watermark)

Dew on the grass: early morning photowalk in a Connecticut garden

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Coffee mug in hand, my toes are already cold from the dew on the grass as I walk my garden before the sun is even fully up. Three cats and one dog follow me around, running here and there, chasing one another, happy to be outside on a gorgeous Connecticut morning. The bird song is almost raucous as so many fight for air time. I bend down to check for chamomile germination in my front garden. Nothing yet. I note that slugs are definitely enjoying the bok choy planted around the broccoli plants.

Broccoli, bok choy and red cabbage in my front garden.  In front, oregano, onions and tiny Swiss chard.

Broccoli, bok choy and red cabbage in my front garden. In front, oregano, onions and tiny Swiss chard.

Continuing to the back garden, I am thrilled to find the milkweed has come up, and that wild grapes are sending leaves from their vines in the same area; grape leaves will go in my homemade pickles, so they are welcome in my yard.

Common milkweed attracts Monarch butterflies, and is a source of food for young caterpillars

Common milkweed attracts Monarch butterflies, and is a source of food for young caterpillars

I stop to check on the wild highbush blueberries. Lovely, and full of promise for an abundant harvest next month. And I have plenty of netting to cover my bushes, though I will leave a couple of bushes for the birds.

Blueberry blossoms promising delicious berries in a few weeks

Blueberry blossoms promising delicious berries in a few weeks

I glance up and decide to capture my back garden from a different perspective.

Back garden at 6:30 am

Back garden early morning

Early wonder beets

Early wonder beets

I harvested 4-5 cups of spinach leaves yesterday by cutting the outer leaves leaving at least 2 inner leaves.

I harvested 4-5 cups of spinach leaves yesterday by cutting the outer leaves leaving at least 2 inner leaves on each plant.

Potato plants coming up in grow bags

Potato plants coming up in grow bags

Snow peas

Snow peas

Romano green bean

Romano green bean

After checking on my back garden and pulling a few weeds, I head to the pear tree and driveway area.

The bees did their job and we have hundreds of tiny pears

The bees did their job and we have hundreds of tiny pears

Dwarf bok choy almost ready to harvest.  I will cut the outer leaves on these plants so they can continue to provide throughout the summer until they go to seed

Dwarf bok choy almost ready to harvest. I will cut the outer leaves on these plants so they can continue to provide throughout the summer until they go to seed

Lettuce bed.  To harvest lettuce, I merely cut the plant back to about 1.5 inches.  They grow back providing multiple harvests.

Lettuce bed. To harvest lettuce, I merely cut the plant back to about 1.5 inches. They grow back providing multiple harvests.

Aichi Chinese cabbage, onions and broccoli

Aichi Chinese cabbage, onions and broccoli

Finally, I leave you with the driveway container garden. Oregano survived the winter and is ready for harvest and dehydrating (more to do). Just lovely!

Abundant oregano

Abundant oregano

On the Verge

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Back yard garden and woods

Back yard garden and woods


I had to go shopping yesterday which means a fairly long drive through Connecticut back roads to Waterford and New London. It is a beautiful drive, usually. Yesterday it was not. The snow has mostly melted. Everything is brown and grey, but very messy. How can woods be messy? We have had a lot of extreme weather the past two years. Trees knocked over, uprooted, split and broken in half, huge branches down, and debris everywhere. On top of that Connecticut Light & Power finally decided to get very serious about trimming trees along the miles and miles and miles of power lines in this state, including in small towns such as ours. They, at least, clean up most of their tree-trimming debris. But they left raw places on the trees they trimmed, empty places. But then on top of the broken and split, ugly trees are invasive vines everywhere with no foliage on them. Connecticut is not very pretty at all right now.

Pear buds just waiting

Pear buds just waiting

As I was driving I sensed potential just beneath the surface of every living thing. It felt as though there was a huge plug on spring and it was about to pop. Yesterday it was brown and grey but tomorrow I might wake up to daffodils, forsythia, azaleas, pear blossoms, and green grass. It will happen that quickly. Overnight. And I will rejoice in the beauty that hid just beneath the surface for months.

Daffodils waiting for warmer days

Daffodils waiting for warmer days

You see, we have had warm days where the daffodils creep up from beneath the soil, tentatively peeking their green blades above the surface to see if it is safe. It seemed safe. Then it would get very cold again for a few days and they would stop. Right in their tracks, they would just stop. Another few warm days and they would venture forth a little further. Boom, another cold spell with temps in the 20’s or low 30’s at night. I can see the flower buds now. They aren’t sure it is safe yet so they just wait. They sit and wait enjoying the sun that they get on the occasional sunny day. One day they will know it is safe to explode, and explode they will.

Yes, I have little green things growing in my kitchen. Yes, I have another jar of forced pear blossoms on my kitchen table. They are mere promises, premonitions of things to come: spring! It is nearly here. Waiting expectantly. Waiting for spring.

I don't wait for spring alone. Boots is waiting with me.

I don’t wait for spring alone. Boots is waiting with me.