Although we have had some frosty mornings, our temps still hover around 40ºf at night and our trees are still covered in green leaves. We do have one tree, our ash tree, that has lost all of it's leaves only because they dried up and fell off. Below is our Sycamore tree and look at how green it still is and here it is November 7th. The leaves should have already been gone by now in that windstorm we had a few days ago. I think the last rain rejuvenated the trees. I meant to take a picture of some newly sprouted plants in my flower bed that are a bit mixed up and are emerging out of the ground as if it were springtime. Jimmy found them while he was raking up some dead leaves. Looking up into the Sycamore tree (picture below) I did spot a couple of yellow leaves along with some brown crispy dead ones.
Below is our Maple tree and this is all it did this year. It wasn't as pretty as it usually is and this branch of yellow leaves was all the tree had on it. The rest of the leaves are still green.
This is the only indication we have that it's fall around here....leaves on the ground and if you'll notice the windstorm also blew down some green leaves. We're going from green straight to brown crispy fallen leaves. None of those pretty multicolored leaves to walk through and to rake into high mounds to jump into this year. Well...anyone that knows me, knows that I can't jump anyway. hehehe
And of course, as the leaves pile up, Jimmy is right there to make mulch of them with his shredder. First he blows them into a pile, then reverses his machine to suck them up into the spinning shredder blades and into the bag. It's a pretty nifty little machine and when the bag is full he dumps them into the empty garden or out back for the animals to hide in for the winter.
Click on this picture to enlarge and you'll see in the upper right side that a waterlily is still blooming. By this time of year the water plants should have all died down and should be resting in the bottom of the pool waiting for springtime of 2008 to arrive.
Now here we are south of us and the mountain behind that building is full of color and I'm sure if we went back there today it would be even more beautiful.
Our yellow mum, which was a gift from Rachel is doing great...so we do have some fall color in our yard besides the one branch on the Maple tree and the 3 leaves on the Sycamore. I'm not complaining though because I do love having the leaves on the trees for a longer length of time. This just means that our fall will come at a later time and it's looking like it will arrive a month later than usual this year...for some trees.
Yesterday was a day of running around, so today I will cozy up to the warm fire, drink some hot chocolate, maybe some hot tea flavored with orange rind and sweet spices, Mmmm that sounds really good and hunt for a good movie to watch.