Today is the kind of autumn day that I love: windy and grey, with the clouds scuttling across the sky . There’s something about seeing the trees swaying in the wind and the leaves blowing around that I enjoy, especially when the leaves are rushing across the road. Most of the leaves in our neighborhood have fallen to the ground; it seemed like one day, our maple and sour wood had every gloriously red leaf, and then they didn’t. People are out trimming back dead vegetation and roses for the winter, and raking leaves into piles. (By the way, if you have any oak leaves that you have gathered, they can be used in the ravine. We (meaning Pete!) is willing to come get them, or you can drop them off at our home. Just leave a comment in this blog if you’ve any to spare.)
I also wanted to let you know about a workshop this Thursday, November 17, 2011, on the important role that native shrubs and small trees play in urban landscaping. The program will be presented by OSU horticulturist Pete Lowe at 7pm at the Griswold Center, 777 High Street in Worthington. We have quite a few different small trees and shrubs in our own backyard, and all come together to give food and shelter to birds and other small creatures. Especially beneficial are the spicebushes that fill out much of our side yard. The bush is the host for spicebush swallowtail and the Eastern Tiger swallowtail butterflies, and robins, wood thrushes, bobwhites, catbirds, racoons and opossums like to eat the berries, which are called drupes.
Finally, I don’t know if you’ve noticed that we now have a “How To Help” button at the top of the page. We are now able to accept donations for the Arboretum with credit cards. So if you are looking for a good cause to give to, here’s your chance!
Until next time!