hot (and cold) garden glimpses as fall abruptly winds down

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SEEN THIS WEEK in the garden (and originally posted on @awaytogarden Instagram):

My “selfish crabapple,” variety ‘Ralph Shay’ (above, with little bluestem grass), whose fruits are way too big when still firm for birds to reckon with or steal, so I get to look at them well into winter, hence the selfish label. After many freeze-thaw cycles they soften, and late-winter flocks of robins or waxwings have at them as the fruit finally yields. We both win, each in our time. The eight smaller-fruited crabs up in the hill? They’re already mostly picked over by migrants who passed through in September and October. #awaytogarden #crabapple #birdfood #littlebluestem

fallen pear, fallen leaves

SAID THE literary leaves and a similarly well-read heart-shaped pear (quoting Hawthorne): “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” #awaytogarden #nathanielhawthorne

a white halloween

‘I’M DREAMING of a white Halloween, just like the ones we didn’t used to know…” (Come to think of it that’s more of a nightmare than a dream. Someone hasn’t done her fall cleanup yet. Oops!) #awaytogarden #panicmode

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