1 The apples are so abundant this year - we took two bushel baskets into the TV studio to use on set.
2 Juicy, sweet, delicious, and great for baking!
3 What do I spy up in that tree?
4 The maple leaves are beginning to turn their brilliant autumn colors.
5 My arborists, SavATree, http://www.savatree.com/ are busy at the property still pruning and cleaning up from all the storm damage that occured over the summer.
6 It's amazing how much pruning needs to be done.
7 Leo wears a 'fierce' protective helmet.
8 This team is pruning a tall maple tree.
9 This job requires great skill and plenty of nerve.
10 Feeding the chipper
11 Can you guess what these are?
12 They are Colchicum autumnale, commonly called 'autumn crocus' or 'naked ladies.'
13 These are lovely blooms.
14 They are unexpected at this time of year.
15 A double variety
16 These little ants love the nectar.
17 Outside the greenhouse is the shade pergola and my citrus plants.
18 Citrofortunella Microcarpa is a cross between a sour Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) and a kumquat (Fortunella marginata).
19 Citrus Ponderosa lemon still green
20 My Christmas tree field is growing, but slowly.
21 Old-fashioned apple trees - We're looking into pressing them for cider.
22 We have more than enough!
23 The wetlands are filled with interesting flora and fauna.
24 If you find cattails growing, it is a sure sign of the presence of water.
25 Goldenrod is easily recognized by its golden inflorescence and hundreds of small capitula, or dense clusters of flowers.
26 This monarch butterfly is enjoying the nectar of a clover blossom before migrating to warmer climates.
27 Many insects feed on clover blossoms.
28 Including my honeybees!
29 Next to the donkey paddock is my grove of horse chestnuts.
30 The fruit of the horse chestnut is a green, spiky capsule containing one (rarely two or three) shiny brown nut-like seeds, referred to as conkers.
31 This macro shows just how spiky the exterior is.
32 A view of the donkey paddock from my terrace
33 These lovely succulents are blooming nicely and look great perched on the wall.
34 A view of the white garden outside my back door
35 The white anemone flowers are blooming beautifully.
36 A better look at this pure white-petaled flower
37 The white phlox are beginning to wane.
38 An antique urn filled with tiny succulents sits upon the wall surrounding the white garden.
39 Remember last week when I showed you these giant puffballs?
40 Well, this is what they look like now - they are decaying and getting ready to 'puff' with trillions of spores.
41 A closeup of the rotting skin
42 The underside of a fern frond rich with spores.
43 These are actually sporangia, which contain spores. When mature the sporangia will burst and release their spores into the wind.
44 Blooming in September into October is tricyrtis, commonly called 'toad lily,' supposedly because many varieties have purple spotted flowers.
45 Shaun is clipping away shaping the boxwood.
46 He's working down one side of the boxwood allee and up the other.
47 A spider made an intricate sheet web in the boxwood.
48 Look how finely woven the web is!