For sure fall is here. Every day is a different scene. This is probably the season when the beauty of the Arboretum is most revealed. The fading of the last summer flowers blending with all the changing colors of the leaves. The dense foliage of growth giving way to open views of the landscape. Visually the changes here are dramatic.
The types of birds that reside here are changing. The Catbirds one of the populous birds in the summer are heading south. White Throated Sparrows and Dark-Eyed Juncos are arriving from the north. So far the population levels seem to be on the high side. Some other birds you can see moving in are Blue Jays, Tufted Titmice and Nuthatches. Of course there are plenty of other interesting birds that visit here while heading for points south. Serious Birders that would like access to the grounds during off hours can schedule with the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The chores are other things that change with seasons. The weed wacking is almost done. There is not much more grass cutting. The garden beds are getting cleaned and we pick up some of the leaves. With these leaves we make a compost pile. Eventually the fresh compost will be returned to the gardens and used in our potting mix.
The potting mix we use in the nursery. This year we grew approximately 100 two and three gallon container plants. Around 75 of these native plants were donated for planting by local volunteer groups. The Heinz Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum, Glen Providence Park in Media and Cheney University thru the Chester-Ridley-Crum Watershed Association each received about 25 plants. It is a pleasure to see our plants thrive around the county.