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RE: Indian summer

Many of our trees are already bear now, but some in sheltered areas and
those that hold their leaves until it is very cold are still green.  I took
mother for a walk on the Nursing Home property yesterday and the maples were
nearly hot pink!  In our yard the tulip tree has begun to turn yellow.  The
interesting thing is that the first leaves to yellow are the ones closest to
the seed pods!  I wonder if there is a relationship between the color change
and the seed pods?  

Every weekend is consumed with collecting leaves (the easy way...on the
riding lawn mower set higher than grass level, but low enough to catch the
leaves and chop them on their way to the baggers) and running them for
further processing through the chipper shredder to be used as a winter mulch
with the excess going into the compost piles.

Very little is left blooming (unless one has just purchased a pot of mums to
be planted since the last freeze.)  However, the health of perennial foliage
varies greatly after those quick blasts of cold/frost, dependent upon the
type of plant AND it's placement.  I guess it's like us people, some of us
are prone to wilt in the chill and other's aren't.  LOL!!!

I'm glad you were able to enjoy the colors in the Catskills!

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 9:05 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Indian summer

Our trip back from Binghamton last week was lovely but chilly, and followed
by light frosts for a couple of nights here.  But now we are in the middle
of a real warm spell - only down to 62 degrees the  last two nights.  The
colors here were not nearly as bright as through the Catskills last week,
but have really developed this week.  I am pretty-well surrounded by
dogwoods which are unusually brilliant this year, and the sugar maple in the
front is turning from rich gold to crimson.  The frost  just touched things
but didn't kill everything.  Interestingly, the morning glories were done
for but the passion vine, tomatoes, and impatiens in the same row of pots
were unharmed.  

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