Today, because the sun is shining, and because the Northeastern leaves are at their colorful peak, I think we should steal a few moments in the great outdoors. Would you like to see what’s whirling and twirling here at Clover Hill? Join me on this virtual Autumn Garden Tour:
Naturally, we can’t enjoy about walk-about without having something to eat. Can I offer you a slice of this Apple Fold-Over Pie? It’s the kind of pie that we can eat out of hand. Here’s the recipe.
Autumn Garden Tour
Now click your heels three times, and…
SWOOSH! We are in the boxwood garden.
I grew most of the boxwood from cuttings, as described in this post. The shrubs, I’ll admit, are in dire need of a trim.
The dwarf, weeping crabapple trees that flank the brick steps are in fruit now. Birds and squirrels have already gobbled up most of the fruit. Good for them.
At the garden’s north end, we find a giant — and ancient — silver-leaved maple tree. Its leaves are not quite at the color-peak. In another week or two the leaves will turn a stunning shade of gold.
Heading north now, we encounter a leaf- and acorn-littered blue stone path. The path ascends to a trio of white pines.
Here’s our view at the top of the hill, looking through the aforementioned pines.
Beyond the pines (we’re heading west now) is a long row of arborvitae. Behind the tall shrubs is an in-ground swimming pool. We’ll visit that “room” in just a moment.
At the end of Arborvitae Row is the Kitchen Garden. The posts leaning against the arbor are from my now-dismantled tomato trellis. Although most of the veggies have been harvested (check out my potato crop!), several flowers still remain.
Here are the purple zinnias…
And the pink Nemesia fruticans…
And some stunning Helianthus (sunflowers).
Do you see what I see? A bumble bee is sleeping on one of the sunflowers. The poor thing certainly deserves a rest. It worked hard all summer.
I recently planted a bed of garlic, and mulched the bed with straw. After 11 years, the hemlock-framed beds are due for a makeover. They are on their last legs now.
And here are the leeks! I’ve harvested quite a few already, and have many more to go.
Opposite the veggie plot is the pool garden. The pool is closed now, but we can certainly visit the cement sentries there. They are eager to meet you:
Here’s Ms. Summer…
And Ms. Autumn…
And Mr. Satyr. He’s a lecherous old man.
Directly behind the pool and kitchen gardens is the Woodland Garden. Shall we have a look?
The ferns here are practically buried beneath maple, oak, and butternut leaves. At least the slatted swing is on view…
As is the picnic table.
At the edge of the Woodland is a Hudson River tributary. This is my favorite view on the property.
Let’s descend the hill to the Herb Garden. There, we can finish our pie while rocking on a swinging bench.
Here’s the entrance to the Herb Garden…
Where a patch of parsley is begging to be harvested.
And here is the swinging bench. As we sit and sway, please tell me what’s shaking in your own autumn garden. Have you finished harvesting your summer crops? Are your deciduous trees dropping their burdens of crimson and gold? Or is your garden in the South, where planting is currently underway? Talk to me in the comments section below.
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