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November 18, 2021 -Deep into the Fall time

Cold. It's just been so cold that we haven't wanted to do anything for the past two months. We lit our first fire last month and moved all of our tropical plants into our greenhouse. No more bare feet on the wooden floor. When we both finished work, the sun was long gone. Our garden retreats to itself alone. Yet, the fall garden is stunning without any human taming or intervention.

I never knew hickory trees could be so beautiful. Unlike the dull-looking brittle oak leaves, their leaves first turn ochre and then caramel. They also retain their soft, oblong shape without losing much moisture. When there is a diversity of trees in the woods, there are different shades of greens, yellows, and reds mixed together. Especially when it is sunny like today, the caramel tip of hickory trees stands out from the vast green and yellow background and complements the bright blue sky above.

Our backyard in November

Fall has this magic connection between warm and cold seasons. Our bananas and cannas are still holding giant green leaves; Mexican Petunia and Leopard plants keep blooming purple and bright yellow flowers in the cold air. Meanwhile, the Japanese Maple by the pond is on full fire, red like it is burning out of all its passion and dreams.

The Japanese Maple tree by the pond

Learned from last year's lesson, we labeled all the plants in the pots, so we know what they are during the wintertime when there is no sign of life above the soil. We also moved all the potted tropical plants into the greenhouse ((cold house), sowed Ireland Poppy seeds, Sea Holly, and planted bulbs into our meadow area. We stopped deadheading the roses for them to complete the cycle and get ready to sleep. Their pretty red hips hanging in the plain winter pallet are also great for hungry birds. Matt built a cold frame right by the compost bins to keep our 2-year-old pomegranates. We hope by this way, they will be hardened enough to withstand Georgia winters and can be planted in-ground one day.

Matt built this Cold frame for our seed-grown pomegranates

Thanksgiving is coming. We are so thankful that we were able to move into this house with a backyard before Covid appeared. There are so many things to do, so many things to learn, and so many things to appreciate.

Weather Report: Sunny, H: 73F L:43F. Our house and the backyard seem to be at least 5 degrees colder than outside (in the city). Next Tuesday it would be as cold as 27F!

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