Wednesday, November 17, 2010

66 Square Feet in November


In the middle of November, a rose stays open and fresh for a week. In July, it opens, withers and drops its petals in a day.


The strawberries still ripen. 


...and insist on making flowers and  more fruit. I didn't coerce them. It's their own idea.


Because I had not grown strawberries until this year I did not realise that their leaves turn a rich red. They are still torn from that hailstorm a month ago.


The fig lost many of its leaves in that storm, which left no leaf unshredded. So I have missed the flat, rich yellow of its November show. This is the fig's fall foliage last year. And here is the fig one year ago today! And a bit different from summer...


I love my blueberry bush. I have planted and recommended them for many years on terraces around the city but it was not until late this spring that I planted my own. It was very exciting. It is hard to think of more rewarding plant: very hardy, with very pretty and interesting flowers in spring, then fruit, like, duh? - and at the last this rich, complex fall colour.  If you don't have blueberries, plant 'em!


The light, the light.

7 comments:

  1. What an amazing November it has been so far. Fantastic that you still have roses and strawberries on your terrace.

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  2. My strawberries are gone, gone, gone and this morning I noticed the fig leaves blowing around the back yard. Bye bye. But roses, yes! I love November, the light and the gifts from the garden.

    xo Jane

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  3. What an incredible november for growing and such beautiful photos! I love the color of the strawberry leaves--i wish mine would have the same idea and give some fruit! i took your advice and pruned the hell out of the fig--she has lost her leaves as well. your 66 sq feet is looking amazing--so giving!

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  4. Lotus? No, "Iceberg." I really MUST replace mine.

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  5. hi marie

    i have been reading your blog for ages and dont think i have commented. really enjoy reading your thoughts and seeing your photos. anyway, have been plotting a visit to new york for a long time and couldnt decide the best time to go... but i think it will have to be autumn/ maybe november. the light just looks beautiful.
    take care
    anne

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  6. Strawberries in November - I can't believe it! Marie maybe you don't coerce them, but you commune with plants. Maybe they grow to delight you.

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  7. Annester - thanks. I read your blog, too, back in the day :-) Sept. - Nov. are good; April, May, early June, too. Flowers.

    haha, Marijks.

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