Sunday, October 29, 2006

End of October

It's the end of the season and this marks my first summer that I have kept this gardening blog. I'm really glad I started this because it made me look at my garden more, take notes, record events, and especially meet new people in the gardening community. I've so appreciated all the comments and helpful notes I've received -- they are invaluable!

Do gardeners keep blogs in the wintertime? There's less to write about but it'll give me the chance to do some garden planning, read books, and take notes... we'll see what happens.

In the last few days, almost all of our leaves have fallen. Our front yard is a potpourri of purple and yellow! Last year we raked all of the leaves right into the gardening beds and we had nothing to bag up. We didn't mulch this summer and it's getting sparse in places so this I think will be a good cover over the winter. There's still more leaves to fall... this is just the beginning! (we have about 7 trees on our 50x135 lot!)

And it feels like over night that my garden beds have winterized, it's hard looking out the window at all the dead and dying plants. The saddest part are my roses, which by some weird fluke, have about 5 buds on them and 1 of them just wants to open... but it's not gonna happen. Could this not have happened a month ago?

Yesterday we also had a coyote sighting. We've seen a larger coyote around the neighborhood at night, but never by our house. This time we saw this young'in both at night and in the morning. Matt thinks maybe his mom is hurt because he shouldn't be out in the morning. We live in the suburbs of Chicago, but we still have enough forest, prairies, and open land that wild animal sightings aren't rare, but I hadnn't seen a coyote although there's been some articles that the coyotes are taking over and the foxes are in decline.

Happy Halloween!


Annie in Austin said...

When I was visiting the gardens at Millennium Park, we were told there were occasionally rabbits in the park, and coyotes along the railroad track downtown.
In TX we've seen them near a large shopping center [a lot like Oak Brook in IL], but never out our own windows!
Winter used to be the time for garden catalog dreaming. Now it's the time for planting and transplanting.

Good luck with your Smith & Hawken wish list.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Anonymous said...

we used to see a fox run through our yard every evening but not anymore. this is my first coyote.