The highlight of autumn for us has to be the first rain! After a very long and very dry summer, you can just hear the cracked earth and the dried out plants sighing a sigh of relief.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” – Albert Camus
It may be bearing a bit late, but our young beautyberries are giving honour to their name:
Kale, beets and friends (with a long urban farmer’s shadow):
I just love the “green sheen” of our paths and seating areas growing:
Cleared this litle kikuyu and weed jungle to make way for an entrance path… But now, do we plant fescue and clover, knowing the kikuyu roots are going to grow out again?
Nets and covers
We’re lifting all the bird nets to let the autumn colours shine through – and to allow the birds and other critters back among the vines and fruit trees to do their natural thing.
Crucial work now is to put frost protection in place. I’m now putting shade net on the morning sun side of the avocados in order to reduce their “defrost speed” as the morning sun hits them after a heavy frost. Let’s hope it works!
The last faded autumn leaflet hangs from a frozen branch, just a short fall from the tree to winter. – Terri Guillemets
I can’t believe it’s the shortest day of the year in just 3 weeks’ time! But we still have a long cold and hopefully wet winter ahead, so we’re enjoying these beautiful autumn days while it’s lasting. Next weekend, next rain…