November 12, 2010
More Autumn Changes in Bedford
As we approach mid-November, I can’t help but feel a little sad about another growing season gone by. But, the cycle of life when winter approaches is for perennial plants to enter a dormant period, so that they can flourish once again, with the arrival of spring. And, I must admit, that I rather enjoy the changing of seasons. As you may have seen from this blog, the autumn foliage was quite spectacular. Now that many trees are without leaves, I find it very interesting to study their naked structures. And, I also really love how the landscape looks iced with glistening snow. Please enjoy another set of photos of preparing for winter.
1 A view of the corn crib - not too many leaves left on the landscape.
2 The allee of pin oaks - these trees hold onto their brown leaves for quite some time.
3 One of three hayfields on the farm
4 The compost area at a far corner - The tarps covering the piles help to 'cook' the compost. The logs will eventually be ground up in a tub grinder.
5 There is still some colorful foliage deep in the woods.
6 The carriage road leading to another hayfield.
7 A ray of sunlight came through the cloud cover, illuminating the iconic sycamore tree, the symbol of my farm - Cantitoe Corners.
8 A great color contrast of the green meadow and the bright red leaves of young sugar maples.
9 A row of larch trees - Although a conifer, the larch is also a deciduous tree and loses its needles in the fall.
10 So does the metasequoia.
11 The metasequoia is also call dawn redwood for its red color.
12 The brooks are flowing which means we've been getting plenty of rain.
13 This is the second season for my Japanese maple grove and it looks stunning in the autumn.
14 Another view
15 Red Japanese maples with the pair of Black Welsh Mountain Sheep beyond
16 Granite posts have been 'planted' on either end of the Gravenstein apple espalier for wire supports.
17 Holes have been drilled through the granite posts for the wires, which will be fastened using wooden toggles. The branches of the Gravenstein trees will be tied onto the wires to keep their lovely shape.
18 Across the way is a stand of bald cypress, another kind of deciduous conifer. Those long beds are planted with lilies and ferns.
19 Some clematis are still blooming in November!
20 Chhewang planting more boxwood next to the vegetable garden
21 Inside the vegetable garden, the cardoon still looks good.
22 As do these beets - Detroit Dark Red
23 The carrot crop was excellent this year.
24 And the celery is still amazing.
25 Big beautiful celeriac bulbs - celeriac makes an amazing pureed soup.
26 This plot of sage has grown quite thick.
27 I'll be sure to use plenty of this fragrant sage in my Thanksgiving stuffing.
28 And also plenty of aromatic leeks
29 I will chiffonade some of this Winterbor kale for a minestrone this weekend.
30 Beneath the cover of the cold frame.....
31 tender, leafy lettuces and spicy arugula are growing abundantly.
32 The honeybees are preparing for a long winter ahead.
33 There's very little bee activity outside the hive. To protect from the cold, the hive entrance reducers have been put in place.
34 On the backside of the blog studio/car port, all the bird feeders have been filled and hung. As the bird population communicates with one another, this will soon be a very popular place.
35 Fernando is moving all of the outdoor furniture indoors for winter storage.