My gardening year is winding down now. It is almost time to put those beds to sleep for the winter. I almost have all the critters winter places ready for them to be tucked in. I washed down the windows one more time hoping the spiders are done spinning their webs.
I do have a bit of a mess though. I have acorns everywhere. This has been a really great year for them. They are coming down so fast some days I think there may be hail outside when I hear them thunk against the roof.
They can really make a mess everywhere. They can also be quite dangerous for older folks. They call acorns and pecans "hip breakers" at the hospital. Older folks are always coming in injured from falls caused by tripping on acorns or pecans.
I guess I could fuss about the trees making such a mess everywhere. Soon they will be dropping their leaves everywhere too making an even larger mess but ...
I just can not argue with this beauty. They give me so much pleasure. They shade my home in the hot days of summer and then in Autumn they reward me with this!
Even though the neighbor's trees will drop their leaves and the wind will blow them down our driveway like there is a vacuum drawing them that way ...
Even though much time and effort will be spent sweeping and raking those leaves I just cannot find it in myself to complain because I have learned to rake them onto the lawn and run over them with my mulching lawn mower for free fertilizer!
My heart sings every time I see this view.
And even though those trees cost me quite a bit in labor and sweat and even sore muscles. I wouldn't have one tree cut down because they give such gorgeous displays that thrill my soul. This is like getting to live in the most beautiful Monet painting don't you think?
And besides, I have figured out that if I call a couple of deer hunters they are glad to come rake and sweep those darn acorns up for me because they like to feed the deer with them. I have learned to work smarter and not harder in a few areas.