The mornings are getting chilly and it looks like some frost over the next three nights or so. This should end the season for our annuals and tropical plants. In the mean time, we can enjoy the fall color on plants like this golden larch (Pseudolarix amabilis) seen above that gets yellow needles that drop in the fall (deciduous conifer). I’m settling back in nicely and while my only contribution to the Holiday Lights Show (HLS) set-up today was to fill my cart with cords, I’m ready to get out there and start wiring things up. It’s a delicate balance right now between garden clean-up, removals and the HLS set up but we’ve done this dance many times over and had some excellent help today.
The grounds crew continues to do a nice job balancing garden work with HLS set-up. Above is Larry H. putting lights on a weeping white pine (Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’). Larry put up more protective fencing around our tasty (for deer) evergreens and continued with HLS progress. Bobby K. also focused on HLS work with a start of lights on our many arches. Cheryl continued her garden clean-up efforts with a strong focus in the woodland walk garden. Big John and Terry had some gardening work, had to pick up some items and ended up working on HLS progress the remainder of the day. I was able to get out in the gardens again but am still catching up on time sensitive desk work!