Without a doubt, the last week has brought a true taste of fall. The tips of maple trees are already turning a fiery red, humidity levels have dipped, and nights are cold enough that it’s tempting to pull heavy blankets down from shelves. In my own garden, in a truly strange turn of events, a few irises in our front beds decided September was a good time to unfurl. Is it the drought? Who knows. But as this month’s photos show, we’re soaking up as many of these fair, flower-filled days as we can get. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
October gardens in our part of the country are a mix of determined plants that flourish in dwindling daylight and cooler temperatures, and fading flowers, shriveled and darkened. The fall season means that some of us are already thinking of spring. We’re busy planting garlic … Read More
We’ve been lucky in New England this month (so far, anyway). We’ve managed to escape a particularly destructive hurricane season that’s hit the South hard, and we’re not buried under a thick cloud of smoke from nearby wildfires like many parts of the West.
I didn’t grow up in a house where we canned our own food. For my parents (both city kids from Philadelphia, raised in the ’40s and ’50s) fresh vegetables and the fruits were few and far between. Summers brought some New Jersey tomatoes and corn, … Read More
I don’t know when, precisely, this happened, but we’ve turned a corner toward fall in our little corner of the world. Day length is lessening, mornings feel autumnal, and there are a few grand maples I pass every day that are very clearly turning
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