And there we have it, folks. The end of the 2015 growing season.
Yesterday was still mild and dry (that massive system is still to the west of us as of this morning).
After a morning of Mom's PT etc., I came home with the thought of maybe just putting the mower away and having my friend do a final mow next week.
But I had the gas. The time. The weather.... I was off.
About 3.5 hrs later - the deck is cleared (bistro set going into breezeway today), the back lawns are mowed, the front lawns are mowed (and last leaves bagged for mulch, even swiped some of the good nabe's!), the Snapper has been blown clean and dry and stored back in the shed while the battery is in the basement hooked up to the float charger for the winter.
Today, maybe even tomorrow will be in the 50s. After that - 40s & 30s. Brrr.
About the only thing left to do outside-wise is the sno-blower. The new fuel line is leaking where the old one did. I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the nipple connection to the carburator. Thankfully mild temps will encourage me to pull off the cowl and work on it today or tomorrow.
Otherwise, it's been a pretty darn good gardening season.
Downsizing: The ring bed is no more. The stump bed is no more.
The arbor bed has been given a 2nd chance. The swing bed is coming along. SpaRRows (the container veg patch) worked wonderfully!
Oh there were upsets: deer damage (eating plants and thrashing my hemlocks again this year!); groundhog, chipmunks everywhere.
Cool stuff: 4 turkeys frequenting Dogpatch (the 'wild' area behind the golf course pines). New shrubs and trees were installed this season and fingers crossed they'll make it through winter.
Only blooms left this late are the potted mums. They've had several freezes so far. I'm leaving them -- want to see just how long they hang on. I'm really enjoying the color.