Early Fall

It’s been dry here. Really, really dry. Today was 35 days without rain – but it’s been raining some today! We should get a good soak tonight and tomorrow, just in time for the state fair. Because it’s been so dry, things have been on hold. My chrysanthemums have been budded out, but not blooming much. Maybe the rain will give them a push. Pineapple sage is blooming a little, but not like the display last fall. The main gardening event for me will be cutting down the Bradford pear in the front. I’ve decided it has to go – it’s been spreading too far, it has a double trunk that’s going to split eventually, and I’d rather go ahead and finish it so I can plan for next year’s sun garden, where it once was shady. Some azaleas will need to be moved, I think full sun will be too much for them. I hate losing the Bradford, it’s been a nice tree for us, but it’s gotten too big, and the trunk has probably already survived a couple of storms it shouldn’t have made it through. So, some time in the next couple of weeks, it will probably come down. I may wait to get one more season of crimson leaves out of it, but I’m really ready to move on. The tulip poplars in the back are already dropping their leaves, much earlier than last year. August was unusually cool this year, I guess that combined with the dry September flipped the switch. They start the sequence every year – tulip poplars, then the sycamores next door, then the Bradford pear, and last the enormous red oak in the neighbor’s yard. The last couple of years, the oak didn’t drop leaves until early December. I’m betting this year it won’t take that long.

October 8, 2004 В· Harry В· One Comment
Posted in: Gardening

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  1. scott - October 9, 2004

    I’m hoping my Mom’s pecan trees will drop leaves soon. Mulched up with my yard vac, they make the best fertilizer/mulch on the planet. Something about pecan leaves; I guess they pulverize better, so they get a head start on decomposition.