October Garden and more visitors

The leaves are still lagging behind in color, but a few places are starting to show the promise of a glorious autumn. This single tree, a maple, behind our house has turned completely red, while the others around it are just biding their time still green.

Autumn 2015 maple

Out front, the redbud tree is starting a golden changeover.

Redbud Autumn 2015

I learned that woodchucks and ground hogs are the same thing, when this little guy paid us a visit.

Woodchuck 1

He stayed quite a while, picking up acorns, then sitting up on his haunches to eat them.  I wonder if he will see his shadow in February?

Woodchuck 3

Wild turkeys came to the meadow to forage for more of the acorns and other delicacies in the grass.  The deer have been here again too, and the foxes are still nearby.  In the forest behind the meadow, the dogwood has changed to a muted burgundy.

Turkeys Oct 2015 - 2

I saw these leaves in the grass, thought they would make an interesting photograph.

Leaves 2

On the veranda, the mum is getting bigger and the flowers more full. Those begonias continue to ignore the cool nights, or maybe that is the way they like it. I have more of those yellow flowers now than I did all summer.

Pumpkin Flowers3

I received my soil report this morning, and it is very interesting. While last year the pH of the soil was perfect at 6.6, this year it recommends that I add some lime as the pH has fallen to 6.1. It also says that my phosphorus and potassium are low. This could explain why I got flowers but no fruit. So, before it gets too cold, I’ll add some lime and a slow release fertilizer to work on assimilating into the soil over the winter. We’ll see what happens!

Inside I have another project, getting my amaryllis to bloom for the third year in a row.

Amaryllis Autumn 2015 1

I brought it inside, and cut off the stems.

Amaryllis Autumn 2015 3

Since I don’t have the required 50 degree spot to keep it, I wrapped it up and put it in the refrigerator.  Later when it gets a bit cooler, I can move it to the garage for the required amount of time.

Amaryllis Autumn 2015 4

The websites mostly say that amaryllis needs six weeks of rest before bringing it out again to bloom, which will put that to mid-November, then 10-12 weeks for the blooms to appear.  I was hoping I could have it for Christmas, but it looks like it will be Valentine’s day instead.  I should have started sooner. We’ll see what happens!

What is your garden doing now?

5 thoughts on “October Garden and more visitors

  1. Carole, I adore the animals that you share photos of and being a flower person I always light up. Late last night, out in our back drop off area that leads down to the Applegate River we heard the most horrendous screeching sound. Kevin grabbed the flashlight and quickly would flash it upwards, then quickly downwards (we wanted to see the bird, but did not want to scare it away either) but because the trees are so thickly covered with leaves still we could not see anything. Then we could hear leaves rustling on the ground not to far away. Well we have some dogs from next door that come over quite often or sheep (the man that owns them is an awful sort of human being and should not be allowed to own animals at all…no detail) so as the bird continues to screech we are pretty sure by this time it is an owl (but wow what an odd sound) and the movement is still happening. So Kevin goes ahead and shines the light and moves it back and forth, up pops a grey and white adult possum. He was actually very pretty, but after several minutes, he decided he was not so interested in going any further and turns and goes back down. Silly creature though was not daunted at all by the screeching bird, so maybe it was not hunting. The only thing left in our garden is Rhubarb, it is humungus this year, but the stalks are just now starting to turn red. I sure hope that they finish turning before we get a freeze. The trees here are all turning wonderful shades of colors and dropping of leaves has began. Plus, the nights are getting very cold and the early mornings also. Yet, it is wonderful during the day. Thanks for sharing all of your information and have a wonderful creative day!

  2. sgrancio

    Lots of good things about living in the east Bay Area of CA, but fall color is not among them. Right now, in areas not irrigated with recycled water, the deciduous trees are mostly just browning off and dropping their leaves. I do miss the great color in MA, where we lived for many years. We have turkeys, mule deer, the occasional bobcat along the trail where I walk every day, but are too suburban for much other wildlife. Susan in Dublin

  3. My garden is done.. I have a few herbs that I have to harvest today or tomorrow because we are expecting frost Friday night. I have cove crops planted in most of the rows and the garlic bed is ready to be planted today to . Our monthly newsletter from the Farmers Market Association advised that we fertilize heavier than normal this fall due to all of the rain this summer leeching out the soils. I had already decided to do that. I have a couple of bulbs that need dug up but I usually don’t do that until after the first frost. Then I guess I will be planning next years garden ☺

  4. Mary Sloan

    I am in Hot Springs, AR so a different planting zone. Parsley and chives are still alive. My Hummingbird Vine is beautiful. It looks like a climbing fern vine with tiny trumpet flowers. Cherry tomatoes are still blooming and no frost is predicted. Carole, thanks so much for your blog. Your pics are wonderful. FYI. A ground hog lived behind my Grandmother’s house, when I was a young girl.. My Sister & I would sit for hours waiting for it to appear. Rarely, we saw it. However, we found the home. It was under a foundation of a stable. Keep looking Carole. You may find the home.

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