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Embracing the Seasonal Weather Transition in October and November: How it Affects Our Gardens

October and November, the months of transitioning from the vibrancy of summer to the coziness of winter. This is a time of year that fills me with both anticipation and reflection. Let's dive into the wonderful world of the seasonal weather transition and how it impacts our beloved gardens.

Photo by Lina Kivaka

The Changing Colors One of the most delightful aspects of this transition is the changing colors of the foliage. Trees and shrubs put on their final, brilliant display before shedding their leaves. Golden yellows, fiery oranges, and deep reds paint the landscape. It's a visual feast for the eyes, and if you have deciduous trees or ornamental shrubs in your garden, you're in for a treat.

Cooling Temperatures As the days grow shorter and cooler, it's essential to pay attention to the dropping temperatures. This change signals the time to prepare your garden for the winter chill. Move sensitive potted plants indoors, cover delicate perennials, and insulate your garden beds with a layer of leaves to protect delicate plants from the cooler temperatures.

Garden Cleanup While the temptation to let your garden go dormant might be strong, don't forget the importance of a good fall cleanup. Remove spent annuals, clear away debris, and cut back perennials that have finished flowering. A tidy garden now can make your spring gardening much more manageable.

Planting Spring Bulbs Speaking of spring, October and November are the ideal months to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Daffodils, tulips, crocuses – they all need to be nestled into the soil before the ground freezes. It's like planting a promise of colorful days ahead.

Wildlife Activity The changing seasons also bring about shifts in wildlife activity. Birds begin their migration, and many garden creatures prepare for hibernation. Consider leaving out some bird feeders and providing shelter for beneficial insects by leaving out a small area of fallen leaves to help support the local ecosystem through the winter. It doesn't need to be a large area - trust me - they'll find it!

Photo by Aaron J Hill

The transition from October to November is a magnificent time in the gardening calendar. It's a period of transformation, reflection, and preparation for the winter season. While it's essential to adapt to the cooling weather, it's also an opportunity to embrace the beauty of nature's changing palette. So, fellow garden enthusiasts, let's savor this transition and make the most of our gardens as they gracefully shift into their winter attire. 🍁🌻🍂


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