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fall’s finest: savoring some last bits

IT HAS BEEN MONTHS SINCE I uploaded a photo gallery, and right now it’s definitely carpe diem…or carpe not at all, with the last bits fading fast. Here, then, are some of the final stars, the stalwarts of recent weeks, who despite harsh times gave (and give) mightily. Click each thumbnail for plant information, then click again on the jump photos to see them large enough to make a difference. Enjoy.

  1. Brian G. says:

    I covet a vista such as yours. Last winter I cut a lot of brush to start clearing a small incline toward the back of my property. This Winter I plan to cut as many ‘weed’ trees as possible to create some sight lines and get more sun so I have a place for my little apple trees coming in the Spring. I think no matter how big or small a property, creating some clear sight lines from one end to another gives, I don’t know, breathing room. I feel like I am choked if my eye hits a wall of trees or brush no matter which direction I look which is the condition my place is in now.

  2. margaret says:

    @Kathy: Not sure the technical explanation, but I loaded the photos last night, then finished the work today. The endless mysteries of WP and technology in general. I have seen the maple in ForestFarm’s catalog, I believe, but more and more nurseries locally are carrying it now as well.

    @BrianG: Like the idea of more mental breathing space…bring on the saws, say no to weed trees.

  3. chris says:

    to brian g, i agree and know exactly how you feel. you will need some tools; i use a geared bypass lopper, a hand saw (chain saw too dangerous in thick brush), and a chipper/shredder

    to appreciate a tree, you need to see it, preferably from top to bottom. brush sucks.

  4. Tammy says:

    I am so with BrianG. and Chris. I have some acreage which has overgrown in spots and needs “breathing room”. Um, if one were to use a chain saw, any recommendations?
    Beautiful photos Margaret. Thanks.

  5. chris says:

    tammy, i use a brushcutter with a saw blade; the blade is whirling way out in front of me, and i feel i can control it safely; a chainsaw just feels too close to me in the close quarters of brush, i feel too unsafe. i usually use a lopper for most cutting when it is too thick for my brushcutter; slow and steady wins the race.

  6. margaret says:

    Thanks, Chris (do you want a job answering questions here?…I am exhausted and could use a long nap like a bear). Totally agree it’s safety first, and whatever tool you feel comfortable with, nothing more. An old friend and woodsman with many decades of safety to his credit wouldn’t teach me to use a chainsaw because I am just don’t weigh enough (he felt) to deal w/kickback if the blade gets stuck. I used to use the saw blade brush cutter; I don’t even do that any more (and when I did, I’d never raise it up, just use it near ground level). Thanks, Chris.

  7. margaret says:

    Thank you, Curtis. Soon the leaves will drop along the edge of the state park boundary, to the left in that photo, and a whole old stand of birches will be revealed…especially nice when the (now grass-green) hillside is white with snow. I will take a photo and we can compare…

  8. Beautiful photos! I need to try aconitum as I am sure deer won’t bother that one! I keep adding plants to my “wish list” but am running out of space in the garden. My husband doesn’t want to hear that I need to EXPAND the edges of the garden in to the meadow!

    Hmmm…can we put elastic edges on our gardens…like elastic waist pants for expanding waistlines? :-)

    Cameron

  9. margaret says:

    @Tammy, and @Cameron: Thanks for photo compliments. I am trying…but am an impatient, frenetic type so have trouble standing still long enough to make pictures.

    @Cameron: I like the idea of SUNKEN edging–the kind you hammer in to just above surface level, really almost invisible, and especially if made of metal. But I have all these curvy beds, so the metal would be hell to install. If you find a good product, alert us!

  10. Donna Oglesby says:

    I have used Ever Edge http://www.everedge.com/ and recommend it. It is not cheap but it curves beautifully and lasts forever. I first used it to keep a bed of vinca from crawling across the yard. For three years it has been invisibly doing the job of holding back the ground cover in a wonderful sweep of a curve. I find it easy to install.

  11. Tammy says:

    Margaret and Chris,

    Thank you for the advice. I like the idea of the brushcutter with the saw blade. The idea of a chainsaw kinda scares me.

  12. Molly says:

    don’t discount the chainsaw! I have a stihl with a 14″ blade that I love! One does have to be very careful, but it is invaluable in clearing paths and cleaning up the woods. I consider it a most valuable garden tool, and I can garden throughout the winter with it!

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