1 As predicted, the skies cleared the morning after the storm and I was so relieved that damage to the farm wasn't too bad.
2 However, directly across the street, a large tree fell down at 4:30 PM on the day of the storm, bringing down power lines and blocking the road.
3 By morning, the road had been cleared, but the lines had not yet been repaired.
4 Fortunately, after buying the farm, I had a large generator installed in the carport building behind these vents for just this sort of circumstance. When the power is interrupted, the generator automatically kicks in and keeps things running.
5 Tall white pine trees break easily in high winds, but very few branches fell to the ground.
6 Many leaves were ripped from their branches and the leaf blower was used to clear them.
7 Leaves fell into the antique bird bath in the courtyard where many tropical plants spend the warm months.
8 Now there's an interesting leaf upon one of the bluestone drainage covers.
9 A beautiful orange sugar maple leaf is a sure sign that autumn is on its way.
10 Phurba was hauling branches out of the woods.
11 Pete was right behind him.
12 Downed branches were piled along the roadsides.
13 The chipper was moved from pile to pile chipping and sending those chips back into the woods as mulch.
14 This was the worst damage that occured. This ash tree's core was rotten and couldn't stand up to the strong gales.
15 Unfortunately, when it fell, it took another a maple tree down with it. The guys will have to get their chainsaws out to clean up the mess.
16 Some stalks in the pop corn patch were toppled by the wind. They are still rooted so we'll see how they fare.
17 My iconic sycamore tree had a few branches blown off, but nothing too severe.
18 There were more branches covering the carriage road deep in the woods.
19 A rather large limb
20 You may recall my blog about aerating and seeding the hay fields. This field looks quite green and thick.
21 Aside from some branches and leaves, nothing too major occurred here at a far edge of my property.
22 I was quite relieved that the apple trees suffered very little windfall and there are still plenty for picking.
23 I recently had all of the trees surrounding this little pond pruned, and there was no damage here. I have big plans for landscaping this area and I can't wait to begin.
24 Because it rained all throughout the day of the storm, Ryan and the crew worked inside this greenhouse, cleaning the beds and edging them with granite posts. It will soon be time to get vegetables growing in here again.
25 The granite posts are 18th-century antique and were part of a large lot that I had shipped over from China. This one has Chinese figures carved into it.
26 These posts have found many uses at the farm. Here they are used to support raspberry canes.
27 And those same granite posts were used as uprights for all of the pergolas.
28 I was happy to see that the colchicum, or 'autumn crocus', are blooming and have spread so nicely. They add an element of bright surprise to a fading perennial border.
29 Colchicum are also called 'naked ladies' because they form a rosette of dark green leaves, but only after the flowers have faded. Although the plant contains a substance used pharmaceutically to treat gout, the leaves, corm, and seeds are quite poisonous.
30 Another plant blooming profusely are the passionflower vines growing along the pergola. There are about 500 species of passionflowers and if I lived in a warm climate, I would grow the variety that bears edible fruit because I love passion fruit!
31 These small variety of agave plants have been very happy on the terrace all summer long. Soon, with all the other tropical plants, they'll be moved into the tropical greenhouse for the cold months approaching.
32 This garden is outside my back door next to the driveway. It's called the white garden because everything that flowers is white! So what's blooming now?
33 Fall-blooming anemones! These cheerful flowers bring a nice touch of beauty to the fading autumn landscape and the blossoms last well into October.
34 Also by the back door is this giant potted fern, which has gotten so tall over the summer. It, too is soon headed for the tropical greenhouse.