1 A spectacular sunrise on a late September morning - The light on the stone stable is amazing.
2 Another angle with the little corn crib in view
3 Turning towards the house, all the terrace plantings were aglow.
4 The light became even more vivid with each passing minute.
5 This old millstone marks the center of the upper terrace. There are three such millstones in decorative use at the farm.
6 The light changed dramatically within minutes. Front center is one of my mounting blocks for horseback riding.
7 The fuzzy leaves of this beautiful scented geranium really capture the morning dew.
8 A closeup
9 I found this very unusual hairy moth resting on the clapboard siding of the house. I'm told that it's a Tolype velleda, or large Tolype moth and that the caterpillar stage eats a variety of tree leaves, like apple, ash, beech, birch, and oak.
10 Behind the vegetable greenhouse is an area planted with a variety of table grapes and elderberry shrubs.
11 Somewhat fragrant elderberry flowers, called inflorescences, are relatively large being 6" to 12" wide.
12 When pollinated, the flowers turn into green berries that ripen to purple-black. The sweet and juicy fruit can be used for jellies, pies, and wine. Song birds also love these berries.
13 Many of those berries fall and germinate beneath the parent shrub.
14 Rather than weed them out, I asked Ryan and Wilmer to pot those plants up since I had a good idea where they could be relocated.
15 Moving day came and the thriving elderberry transplants were loaded onto the Kawasaki.
16 You may remember the new storage building that was constructed at the farm. That area needs some major plantings and this is where a new elderberry grove has been established using all of those seedlings.
17 Another big autumn chore is planting the vegetable house where we will hopefully have a steady crop of wonderful produce all winter long. Wilmer is forming new raised beds after applying a generous amount of compost from the compost yard.
18 Wilmer worked the compost into the beds with a large turning fork.
19 After turning, he used a garden spade to form the paths between the beds.
20 He then smoothed the beds out with a rake.
21 All neat and ready for planting - There are 15 raised beds, each one being 15-feet long.
22 Ryan divided each row into 3-foot square beds with each bed containing 3 rows, planted with lettuce varieties, spinach, carrots, beets, Swiss chard, etc.
23 There are also several large pots awaiting tomato plants, which will be supported by the upright strings.
24 Autumn is also the time to prune the summer growth of the boxwood hedges before we cover them with burlap for the winter.
25 All the pruning is done by hand using these excellent, sharp Japanese clippers that I found in Japan.
26 Wilmer shaped each shrub very neatly.
27 I instructed the pruning crew to also snip down into the boxwood so that it doesn't appear too well-groomed. I also think it helps to get air circulation into the shrub.
28 See how the surface is slightly irregular?
29 Nicely done!
30 Time lapse - Less than a week later and the landscape had really changed.
31 Did I mention that it's autumn? That tall sugar maple is announcing the season.
32 And the leaves are falling! This is the large sunken cement bird bath.
33 Leaves on the water
34 Near the birdbath, beneath a lovely red maple planted for my mother, is this very thoughtful plaque.
35 The donkeys were out enjoying the morning.
36 Another view of the stable
37 More colorful evidence of autumn
38 Many trees have already dropped their leaves.
39 The edge of a hayfield
40 Deep in the woods traveling along a carriage road, a carpet of leaves is forming.
41 The emerald moss is so vibrant upon this rock - a good indication of generous rainfall.
42 The carriage road makes a turn at this drop off.
43 Emerging from the woods, approaching one of the hay fields
44 With so much damp weather, woodland mushrooms are popping up all over. This russet colored mushroom cluster looks to be in the Russula family.
45 Another look at that changing maple - It rather glows in the landscape.
46 Back at the house
47 And onto the terrace to see more signs of autumn - This stewartia tree growing in a hypertufa pot, which we made on my television show, is changing with the season.