Monday, October 24, 2016

A curious mushroom

Watering seems to have become a normal activity this year, even as temperatures drop.  But I was surprised, even though I WAS watering, to see these mushrooms pop up from the mulch, adjacent to my bean trellises.

Quite curious, although I'm sure mushroom folks will recognize them immediately!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fall color

Fall color in the Eastern U.S. is a touchstone of seasonal change. We wait, we watch, and we wonder if it will be a good fall color year.

About a month ago, I posted about some of the factors determining fall color.

Since then, it's continued to be very dry, in the mountains of Western North Carolina --we're actually in severe drought status after only an inch of rain since Sept. 1.

But nevertheless, at higher elevations today, on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, the fall color was spectacular.  We'd had an email suggesting that this was an outstanding year, and it didn't disappoint.

Here were my buddies admiring the amazing view!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A luminous Japanese maple

Heading off on an after-dinner walk, I noticed our neighbors' Japanese maple has turned a wonderfully brilliant red.

I guess the 40° F-ish lows over the last few nights triggered anthocyanin production, as it certainly wasn't so brilliant in the last few days.

A vibrant Japanese maple

Friday, October 14, 2016

An amazing harvest, so for!

I've been a volunteer at the Southside Community Garden since last spring.  It's been a great experience, although definitely not my sort of small-scale intensive veggie gardening.

Tabulating the harvest so far, we had almost 800 lbs of vegetables, from spring to fall.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Aromatic aster

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (Aromatic aster) is a great late-fall flowering plant. It's been a great addition to the pocket meadow, and is looking particularly good this year.

Aromatic aster with Rudbeckia

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Southside Community Garden workday

Saturday, Oct. 8, was a special workday at Southside Community Garden, with a focus on putting in drip irrigation and adding a hoophouse for season extension.  We also planted garlic, spread wood chips (courtesy of the local tree trimmers), and enjoyed a cool overcast day in the garden.

Here's a link to an album with some of my favorite images.

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