We who choose to live in cold climates sometimes despair and wonder if its worth the trouble – keeping our houses, loved ones and selves warm as the temperatures drop, protecting the plants that we *needed* to buy but don’t really appreciate the chill, trying to get out of bed on a morning where your breath solidifies in the air, etc. Then there are times where it all becomes clear and we wouldn’t change it for the world.
My favourite Autumn show generally comes from the Chinese Tallow Tree (Sapium sebiferum) which turns every warm colour of the rainbow before the leaves fall.
My neighbours have the most glorious Claret Ash that is just starting to colour up and over the next few weeks will shed their entire load all over my driveway. I’m not unhappy about this as I have a mostly-empty leaf bin in the back garden ready and waiting for them – add a little fertiliser and this will be a wonderful addition to my garden beds in Spring!
The last of my Autumn roses now rain down on my daisy, who also revel in the last of the warmth before winter sets in.
Most of my cuttings are coming along nicely – the Climbing Gold Bunny Rose has taken off particularly well – but they would have benefited from my using real propagation mix as opposed to the potting mix I used in some in my laziness. My semi-hardwood cuttings from class had developed so many roots that I need to trim them in order to pot them on and I think this is largely to do with the air-rich propagating mix we used (plus the cosy and humid location in the greenhouse). I hope I may say the same for my roses come spring. Oh well, I’ll just try again next year, perhaps a few weeks earlier. I am quite determined to master this!
My project from last weekend is a coldframe to protect my little ones from the frost and allow me to get off to a flying start come Spring. After the marvellous find of an unwanted kids sandpit, I got to work attaching part of it to the front of my vegie patches and recycled an old window for the lid. Ok, it may not the finest piece of workmanship the world has ever seen but it should do the job nicely. The rest of the sandpit has been moved into an unused back corner to become my potato patch come spring. I have had so many recommendations to grow potatoes that I feel I must try it out this year and the sandpit frame will be lift enough to lift off when it comes to harvest time for easy digging.
Now its time to have a cup of tea and enjoy the show from indoors!