Chilly Mornings

Today was a chilly start at around 39 degrees F but I’m pretty sure I saw some very light frost on low turf areas this morning.  The day became sunny and quite beautiful.  With the last of our outdoor weddings this past weekend, we are shifting towards removing our annuals in advance of heavier frosts which make the task a bit more challenging.  Nice shot above with a Lavender Twist® weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’) with the zig-zag bridge and observation pier in the distance.  Our grounds staff of Big John, Terry, Larry H., Larry O., Cindy, Janice, Bobby K. and myself all had a wide range of duties with significant input in to the set up for our Holiday Light Show (HLS).

fall color of ‘Aconitifolium’ fullmoon maple (Acer japonicum) – woody tree

‘Joy Ride’ crested Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum) – perennial

fall color of our largest redbud (Cercis canadensis) – woody tree

increasingly intense fall color of Firespire™ musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana ‘J.N. Upright’) above and below (woody tree)

Removals in the front entrance garden were the priority today as we have to clear space for our bulb planting project this Saturday (8 am until 12 noon, come on down!).  It’s always a shame to remove annuals that have yet to be compromised by frost but that is likely not too far off and we need to also make room for our Holiday Light Show (HLS) set up.  Our removal crew above and directly below included Kathy, Eva, Ron R., Steve E., Alan and Bob K.  They did a great job!  Some of the plants will be processed for storage and use next year.  Dr. Gredler and Rollie were out doing their mowing while Dick H. made multiple trips to the dump.  Dennis and Garrett continued work on the North path project.  Steve J., Jim, Dave and Vern continued with our indoor projects.  Marv B. tidied up both of his moss areas and Peg was in to work on plant labels.  We also saw Maury and many others today.

Dick H. keeps on truckin’ this time of year!

John and Terry getting lights on the arched bridge

Marv (above) primping his moss

Janice (above) is rinsing off our ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ dahlias for winter storage (dug by Kathy and Eva earlier…)

spotty but beautiful fall color on ‘Mr. Sun’ fullmoon maple (Acer shirasawanum) – woody tree

Italian arum (Arum italicum) sends up fresh foliage in the fall! – perennial