I have another blog called “outdoor adventures: hiking canoeing and camping in northern NY” or something like that. It’s where I write posts and put up photos of canoe trips, hikes, and the occasional climb. I thought of a title for a blog that included that blog and this gardening one: “Gardens: intended and untended” The intended gardens are those around my house, obviously, which I’ve been building and developing for 14 years now. “Untended gardens” represents for me the landscape in the “hands” of nature, un-tidied and un-planned by people. So, garden is probably the wrong word. I’ll keep pondering this and see whether one blog could really include both kinds of landscapes.
Meanwhile, I’ll take a stab at this by including a hike we took yesterday and a home garden report. It was a brisk day for a two-mile walk on the Kip Trail on the edge of my college campus. We all call it the Kip Trail but the official name is on this sign:It’s a friendly, easy, wide path through the woods. Bright leaves covered the path, and we noticed some wild-flowers including some wild ginger:At one point the trail skirts the Little River:Near the campus end of the trail a boardwalk takes you out into a pond:Back at home in the tended garden I first took photos of the maple in our front yard that always turns bright orange and gold in the autumn:Then soon after it started to snow. Here’s the frosty front yard:It’s a bittersweet time for gardening. A relief that the hardest labor is over, and a goodbye to the blooms for another season. I have already started poring over flower catalogs. I have more bulbs coming in the mail, so hopefully this snow will not stick–planting in the snow is not that fun!