Looking back and comparing my yard to when we bought this house 3 years ago. I can’t believe the differences.
This was the fencing of the yard that first summer. We also had one of the huge black walnut trees cut down that was old and unhealthy.
This was the far back corner of our yard as the fence went up. The corner was filled with weeds and overgrown forsythia bushes that hadn’t been taken care of forever. There was an old fence and lattice between the yards.
The following year we put in a stone patio so we could enjoy the garden in the back corner of the yard which of course I add to every chance I get.
It is now getting very full with perrenials as well as lilac bushes I planted along the back near the fence.
Just about every afternoon after work, my husband and I sit out there and take in the flowers and watch the birds.
~”Gardens are a form of autobiography. ” ~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993
Gardening by the moon is an age old practice. Since the moon controls ocean tides, it is believed that it influences the groundwater tables beneath our feet and the movement of fluids in plants. This is why planting at a certain phase and harvesting at a certain phase is supposedly beneficial. These photos I took of the moon by no means do it justice but they remind me just how amazing the moon is.
The size of the moon when it first appears on the horizon is enormous. It appears like that because our brains perceive a low moon to be larger than one that’s high in the sky. They actually have a name for this ~Moon Illusion. The moon also can appear warmer or reddish on the horizon. This is caused by moonlight passing through a larger amount of atmospheric particles than when the moon is overhead, this scatters the bluish part of moonlight (which is really white light reflecting from the sun), but it lets in the red parts of the light which travel a straighter path to our eyes.
The Harvest moon is actually the full moon closest to the fall equinox. It usually occurs in late September or early October. It was called that because it’s brightness made it possible for farmers to harvest after dark.
After doing a little reading I found out the November full moon which is also referred to as the Beaver moon which lets you know it is time to set your beaver traps before the swamps freeze. This info ensures a supply of warm winter furs for a trapper. So if you are a trapper, get to work soon. If you’re not you can do other things when the full moon is out like dance by the light of the moon, or howl at the moon, or turn into a werewolf…
It all sounds like lunacy to me. ;)
Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your back and knees will thank you.
Flowers are blooming from plants I thought long gone so I am hesitant to clean up my garden just yet.
I like to get every bit of life out of those plants before succumbing to the reality that summer is quite over this year.
There hasn’t been a hard frost yet to do them all in so I will absorb every bit of enjoyment from all of them that I still can.
It is a welcome sight to still see some lush color after such drought conditions where everything was parched and dry.
To me, red never gets old!
I am starting to clean up my gardens for winter, moving a few things around in anticipation of next spring.
There are some dahlias and zinnias left along with my mantauck daisies which are only just beginning to bloom now.
The dry weather has caused some of my plants that might have still had a bit of life left to succumb to the drought conditions.
The trees are changing quickly with a lot of color so it makes up for all the other plants closing down for winter time.
Fall is such a wonderful time of year!