Each year, Autumn comes along just in time for us to slow down and count our blessings: the cooler weather, the changing of the trees, the anticipated reunions with loved ones throughout the holidays and Fall planting.
You've probably noticed the pomegranates around town have long been picked and made into jellies and candies. And the few pecan trees have produced plenty of pecans for cookies and pies. Herb garden bowls are flowing over with sage, thyme and rosemary waiting to be a part of Thanksgiving dinner.
The arrival of Fall provides us another planting season to fill our yards and gardens with cool season plants, flowers and veggies. Don't forget that Fall is the time to plant your spring bulbs, garlic and trees. I'm going for a Crepe Myrtle tree this year. And saffron producing Crocus will also be premiering in gardens around Boulder City. Stop by the Community Gardens for a free planting guide to keep you busy all the way through the winter.
I've especially added lots of flowers and shrubs to attract our winged visitors and residents–we're in the prime time of migratory action of birds and butterflies. Many of our year round winged residents are more visual by being like us: just enjoying the nice weather. Look for Anna's and Costa Hummingbirds, Robins, Orioles, Roadrunners, house finches and sparrows. As for butterflies, catch a glimpse of Little Yellow Skippers, Queen, Painted Lady, Viceroy and even the much adored Monarch.
If you're looking for garden and nature activities in town, check this out: Nevada Garden Clubs is holding an organizational meeting November 5th at 7pm at the library. Here's hoping for a new garden club. Also, there are gardening events at the Community Gardens and Reflection Center Park in the works. And last, but not least, we have two bird counts coming up: The Christmas Bird Count, mid December (will let you know details when available), and the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 13-16, 2015.
As always, be sure to share your gardening tips and traditions with others, and may your Thanksgiving and your gardens be bountiful.