There has been the usual yard clean up, the hose to store, the generator to check out. The grass is growing more slowly. I haven't mowed since the tenth of October. So far I have been able to "rake" the yard by using the mower to blow the fallen leaves up around the trees. We will have to get out the old fashioned rake in a week or so.
The last time I mowed I noticed there were quite a few hardy plants sending up a flower or two. There were a very few late New England Aster blooms on the plants we bought at the Aullwood Farm and Nature Center a couple years ago.
I checked out the other New England Aster, a cousin-in-law gave us many years ago. The original came from Wisconsin. It is different from Ohio's plants. It doesn't begin blooming until the Ohio version is finished blooming. The buds were still closed.
On October thirteenth we took a walk along the Miami County Bike Trail. We walked across the Great Miami River on the bike trail bridge for the first time. Tom was hoping to find colorful foliage. This is what we found...just a little bit of color.
We made a trip to northwestern Ohio last weekend to visit friends and relatives. We also visited the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art. The leaves were more showy up there. This one was beside the parking lot.
As we headed back south, we continued to see colorful trees. And the next morning when we looked across the street at the neighbor's yard we saw this.
In the backyard the last flowers were gone from our "Ohio" New England aster but the "Wisconsin" New England Aster looked like this.