Bottling the Light

It’s just short of two months since I last posted and it feels much, much longer than that.  So many things keep happening.  For a while, we seemed suspended between summer and fall, with cooler temperatures and green trees.  Then, in one weekend, there was a transformation.  Like a little color bomb.


This maple seemed to go red overnight.

Since then, we’ve had some extraordinarily beautiful days where the leaves seem to give off their own light.  One windy day recently, the leaves blowing down looked like falling tea lights.


If this were a lamp, I’d buy it!

And of course the light itself is changing, its slant and tint, and intensity.  It’s gone a bit pale.


Still, with the leaves as they’ve been, that color is intensified by the paler light.


I’ve been working in the garden as well as enjoying fall’s last flashy dance.  In fact this weekend, I put my plot to bed.  With the help of a fellow gardener, I also cleared the large Plot Against Hunger plot.  It remains to be weeded a bit more and then heavily composted.


I may have the start of an asparagus patch.

The small plot that we had also dedicated to AFAC is going back to the garden for people who want to garden but can’t manage a larger plot.  I cleared that out as well last weekend.  Like the large plot, it needs a bit more weeding and then the compost.  I can get that done in the next couple weekends if we have a nice day!


It’s nice to see the calendulas thriving. They do like the cool weather.

The year wound up well, with peppers and eggplants and a last rush of green beans.  I had planted some arugula and beets and those came on as well.


I’m thinking arugula, beets, walnuts, and chèvre.

The last bouquet was poignant.  It’s hard to get used to going flowerless after such amazing decoration for months!


I have an abundance of green tomatoes, which I’ve put in a paper bag with two bananas in hopes they ripen.  I haven’t the heart for pickled green tomatoes this year, but a few may get fried with batter.  We’ll see what they do in the bag.


Yup, that’s a pile of tomatoes…

In the meantime, I’ve brought out my candles to enjoy in the early evenings.  We’re expecting snow, sleet and rain, otherwise known as wintry mix, on Thursday.  It’s a bit early for that, but I’m ready as I’ll be!


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33 Responses to Bottling the Light

  1. A wonderful cornucopia, Lisa! You have much produce to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

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  2. Good to see you back. You have captured the season well; and your produce looks as good as ever

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  3. Wintry mix is the worst. Give me snow any old time. Sure looks pretty where you live. Like Maine last month. 😉

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  4. It’s looking very pretty round your place Lisa. One of the things on my wish list (still!) is to try making some fried green tomatoes. First I must find a recipe, then I must find some green tomatoes…….

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  5. tonytomeo says:

    Although our autumn seemed to come on as quickly as it did elsewhere in American, the autumn color was a dud! The sweetgums are defoliating almost as fast as they color. We will see what the crape myrtles do. (I am none too keen on crape myrtles.) We lack many of the most colorful trees, so we really appreciate the few that color well.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Our crepe myrtles have been magical. I think the sweet gums are still mostly green. But after this morning with the wintry mix that will probably change.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        How odd that your crape myrtles already colored while the sweetgums have not; and our sweetgums are defoliating while the crape myrtles have not even colored. (Some cultivars are already defoliating though.) Anyway, it shows how there are a few variables that stimulate color and defoliation, and that the various specie respond to each differently. daylength – temperature – humidity – etc.


      • arlingwoman says:

        It’s been a weird season and the way things have colored is part of it. Yesterday there was snow on green leaves. I just looked out at the sweet gums and they’re turning yellow, which is a bit disappointing given what they CAN do.

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  6. Sylvie G says:

    I like your salad thinking. Good to hear from you and from the garden.A prolonged lack of veggies during my travels makes me very envious.

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  7. KerryCan says:

    Your photos are so pretty! But, then your word pictures, describing fall, are wonderful, too. It’s a time of year that brings out the best in all of us, maybe? And, now, we hunker down and rest . . .

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  8. You have been busy, Lisa! Come to think of it, gardening always keeps us busy, right up to the end of the season. Thanks for sharing those gorgeous pictures. And I like your phrase: “fall’s last flashy dance”. It made me smile.

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  9. Lisa, I love your photos, especially the produce in the sink. You’ve had a great season this year and though it’s ending earlier then you had hoped, it’s ending with yet one more lovely bouquet and the glorious makings of a salad (no salmonella worries, either)! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  10. Beautiful photographs – even the vegetables!

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  11. Maria says:

    Gorgeus, what color!

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