November 5, 2013
The first of November was the quintessential autumn day at my farm in Bedford. It was raining in the morning, which was a big concern because we had an outdoor shoot for the Christmas holidays. However, the skies suddenly cleared, yielding to a glorious sunny afternoon. Standing in the sun, it was 55 degrees! The farm looked especially beautiful, so I grabbed my camera and had some fun!
1 The colors were spectacular!
2 So many of my trees still retain their autumn-hued leaves - the hornbeams, the lindens, the pin oaks, the beeches. The apples are all still laden with fruit and the leaves are still green.
3 The apple espaliers are almost empty of apples. They were used to make delicious applesauce and their leaves have yet to fall.
4 My two favorite old apple trees in the central paddock fruited very well this year. They were very happy with the weather and the conditions in spring and summer.
5 All the boxwood and all the flowering shrubs throughout the property have been pruned nicely.
6 Last year, I planted a double allee of lindens interspersed with sycamores down one of the alleys to the stable road. They have all grown very well.
7 A panorama
8 In the distance on the left are reddish brown trees. Those are the pin oaks.
9 The golden tree on the right is a topiary Ginkgo biloba, one of the world's oldest tree species. It turns an amazing yellow and the leaves fall all at once.
10 The reddish tree on the left is a stewartia. I have tried to find many types of this favorite tree and have planted quite a few. All of the boxwood on the farm has thrived.
11 This is a special cultivar of the gum tree - a columnar fastigiate Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette'.
12 The herbaceous peonies have all turned brown. They will soon be cut down and fed with azomite and triple super phosphate.
13 The tree peony beds are weeded and cleared of leaves. The beds are ready to be wrapped for the cold months ahead.
14 My giant ginkgo is still green. We have a time lapse camera on this tree, waiting for the leaves to turn yellow and drop - will share that video with you soon!
15 The ginkgo fruit is so plump and fleshy this year.
16 Unfortunately, that fruit is also quite stinky!
17 I cannot wait for this mighty tree to drop its leaves. The empty beds will be planted with hundreds of white lily bulbs this fall for next spring's enjoyment.
18 A view outside the boxwood bordered summer house garden - The very tall bare tree is a deciduous larch.
19 Every chimney has been planted with climbing hydrangeas, which are wonderful concealers of tree trunks, chimneys, and walls.
20 Gum trees produce these interesting spiny seed pods, which are very nice for Christmas decorations.
21 The leaves are dropping from the yellow flowering magnolia grove.
22 This is a seed pod growing on one of the yellow magnolia trees.
23 The hornbeam hedge is a very effective barrier for the property from the noisy Girdle Ridge Road. It grew in very nicely from just small whips.
24 The winter house is surrounded by boxwood, hornbeams, maples, and even some lindens!
25 The late afternoon skies have been utterly amazing - pink clouds on this day!
26 Here and there were some bright pink clouds - so beautiful!