1 The sky was very surreal on this day. Puffy, dramatic clouds kept rolling through all day long.
2 One minute it was cloudy, and then suddenly there was blue sky.
3 The shadows and light were constantly changing.
4 A view towards my house - You can see the tall trees along Girdle Ridge Road and how so many have suffered broken limbs from the terrible recent storms.
5 The corn crib with a neighbor's house off in the distance. We don't see this building when there are leaves on the trees.
6 Notice how long the shadows are as the sun sinks lower and lower on the horizon with the approaching winter solstice, which falls on December 22nd this year. The good news is that the days begin to grow longer after that date.
7 A view from the stable looking up a carriage road. The sun was very bright, causing a lens flare.
8 The in-ground birdbath reflected beautifully.
9 Wonderful light walking through the maple grove
10 Delicate winged tree seeds
11 Desiccated tree leaves
12 These late-clinging apples look so lonely.
13 A newly planted weeping ginkgo tree. The bamboo framework over the boxwood is for the winter burlap protection.
14 My pair of giant Kenneth Lynch urns has been neatly covered in burlap for the winter.
15 All of the large garden ornaments that remain outdoors, are capped with plywood, covered with plastic sheeting, and then encased in a burlap covering.
16 The crew is quite skilled at hand-stitching. This may seem like a lot of work, but it takes just one cracked urn from the elements of winter to learn this lesson. For me, it's all about precaution.
17 My antique cement birdbath has its plywood cover before being shrouded in plastic and burlap.
18 Similarly, the air conditioner compressor vents are all covered with plywood, plastic, and burlap to protect the equipment from the harsh elements.
19 Another burlap covered vent at the stable
20 On a recent blog, I commented about buying several new trees. This is another weeping ginkgo which was to be planted inside the herbaceous peony bed. I wanted one gingko in each corner.
21 Both the tractor and the Hi-Lo were needed for this job. Wilmer hooked chains onto the root ball.
22 Very carefully, the Hi-Lo lifted the tree up and over the boxwood hedge, where...
23 It was positioned in the hole and planted.
24 Three liquidambar styraciflua, or American sweetgum, were planted in the corner of this paddock.
25 More bamboo framing for burlap
26 And even more
27 Here, Chhewang is forming a domed structure over the standard lilacs. He starts by pounding four bamboo stakes around each tree.
28 He then uses lengths of plastic tubing to create the dome.
29 The tubing is attached diagonally to the bamboo.
30 It is cinched in place with plastic cable ties.
31 This forms a very neat frame onto which burlap will be stitched, protecting these fragile standards.
32 Meanwhile, Gyurme worked low to the ground applying a protective tape around the apple espalier trees. During winter, rodents often chew on fruit trees.
33 This tree tape has a layer of an undesirable substance which fends off the rodents.
34 Each small tree is neatly wrapped in this fashion.
35 You may recall when I mentioned how some of the granite berry supports snapped during the October snowstorm. Four needed to be replaced.
36 The old bases were dug out and new supports cemented in.
37 Backyard birds have a difficult time finding shelter after the leaves drop. They are also so much more vulnerable to hungry hawks.
38 Several of the London plane trees planted along the road were badly damaged by the heavy snow and were replaced. Wilmer is carrying the wooden stakes that Dominick made with his sawmill to reinforce the new plantings.
39 Each tree gets two stakes.
40 Standing on a small ladder, Wilmer firmly pounds in the stakes.
41 He then cuts lengths of rubber hose.
42 And then passes a long length of 12-guage galvanized wire through the hose.
43 The rubber hose goes around the tree and the wire is wrapped around the stake.
44 He repeats this process on the second stake.
45 The tree is now supported nicely. The rubber hoses protect the tree by not allowing the wire to cut into the bark.