It is now late in the gardening season and yet, I still have peas, peppers, basil, herbs, carrots, scallions, leeks, spuds, and two types of lettuce. If I am lucky I may actually get a head of broccoli that survived the attack of the rabbits. The season colors are looking bright. It is my favorite time of year! Sunshine days with cooler crisp nights.
This year, the Autumnal display of colors has been slow to arrive and now, there is a big storm coming. Apparently, we are to expect heavy rains and high winds. At this time of the season a storm of this magnitude could cause all or most of the remaining leaves to tumble down without a chance to develop the colors more intensely.
My apple tree is looking healthier than ever. I believe the past several years of pruning helped to save this tree. I will follow up in late winter again by pruning and again, attempt the grafting process. This series of articles can explain a lot about pruning and grafting. Go read about this past year’s adventures in grafting here.
A close up of some of the fruit shows it is not perfect like you might find at the supermarket and I have said before that prefer red apples, but this fruit can be used for sauce, or cider.
An Eastern Black Swallowtail looking a bit tattered this late in the season.
Here is an interesting site to learn about raising butterflies. Like bees, butterflies help to ensure pollination of a wide variety of plants and flowers.