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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Something Unexpected In The Garden

Our little Nor'easter is winding down. It's still very windy outside, but the sun is out, so I decided to take a walk in the garden, and see what was new.

First Daughter's Garden, with Blueberry bush, and the Miscanthus grass in the background.

Out front I noticed that the very late mums are beginning to blossom, about two weeks early. This worries me, since I saw a flock of Juncos yesterday, and they are very early also.

Rounding the corner of the house, I spied a very late rose. This climber usually blossoms only once, in June, but it had a little treat for us. It smells wonderful.

Then I came across the backyard, and noticed that something didn't look quite right.

Can you see it? Take a closer look. See those branches going diagonally across the picture?

Those aren't supposed to be there. They are branches of the neighbor's Bradford Pear, on top of our Maple-leaved Viburnum. I ducked under the shrubs for a closer look.

Seems the wind and rain has pulled a big limb off their tree. The chain goes to a hammock by the way, not anything weird. Back around the front of the shrubs, I noticed that when the branch fell, it knocked our birdhouse off it's post!

But that's OK. The shrubs had grown too close to the house for it to be safe for birds, so now I have more incentive to get myself in gear, and move the post. This is what I like about having a garden. There is always something new to investigate. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope your winds are soft and warm.


The Fab Furs said...

Do the early blooming mums and early arriving juncos act like woolly caterpillars and predict an early winter? Certainly there are no idle hands in your gardens, they look lovely.

Jade said...

That kind of pear is notorious for getting top-heavy and having branches fall off like that. They made the mistake of using them to decorate Main St. in Gt. Barrington years ago and now have to deal with removing them before somebody or something gets damaged.

Lisa said...

How exciting!! I can't believe you still have flowers. Even a rose!! Sad about the neighbors' tree though. I hope the tree and all of the birds are ok.

Please tell TFF up there that it already IS an early winter!!