Yes, they do make good mulch. I've heard they're great for winter mulch on tall bearded irises, too, which can't take a heavy mulch, due to the fact that it would cause them to rot. They don't like the damp at all, and do better in dry climates. I keep trying with them, though.
Karen, some spectacular fall foliage and reflection up North. Down South our northern part of the State may have more color. Here in mid - lower Southern part of our State, right now we've barely begun with the changes. Everything still relatively green. Picture was taken today.
That is looking nice, though, LL. Will look even nicer soon. The maples are pretty much done here, swamp maples, that is, and most of the sugar maples. Right now Norway maples are looking nice, as well as oaks and beech.
Dinu, someone sent me a link to a video on youtube the other day of a ceremony they have during the closing in the evening of the border between India and Pakistan. You are probably familiar with it. Anyhow, I thought of you when I saw it. Here's a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC9NeJh1NhI
Karen, it has been an extra wet winter here too. We just barely dodged a flood last week. Tonight, I was lucky to catch this sunset from the backyard. I was suprised, since the day was mostly cloudy until the latter par of the evening.
We got about 12" of water in our basement from last weekend's rain. Our pilot light in our hot water heater went out, so we were out of water for 2 days, until the water went down. Our area received about 6" of rain last weekend.
Here's a pic of that same spot after all the rain.
Beautiful shots all. The first one of fall colors is just beautiful. We don't see much of that around Houston. It's green and then dead. Nothing in between :O). Chamma, I love the yellow flower. Pardon my ignorance of not knowing what kind it is. Learning how to ID plants is why I originally started visiting Dave's Garden, and now I have fallen in love with the photo section.
Here's my contribution - a very early morning shot of a Wood Duck on a pond with all of the foliage in reflection.
Great shots, Chamma and Patti! Welcome, Patti! Dave's is a great community. I've been with them for a few years now. I like it here and have made lots of nice friends. Chamma, how did you do that picture of the daffodil reflection? Is that done on the computer?
Lily_love, I love the mood in your shot. It is so nice and peaceful. I'd like to be sitting on that bank.
Here are a couple more waterfowl on a pond - Least Grebes feeding their young. The Mom and Dad would take turns carrying the little ones (5 of them all together!) and diving for food. The reflections were from the scrubby trees, reeds and bushes on the bank and the Grebes too.
Dragonfly, loves those pics. of the Canadian Geese. Most of them had embraced the journey back North from here...a few decided to homestead nearby. I'm grateful of that. I'm looking forward to seeing their chicks soon. I captured this Great Blue Heron and its reflection while outdoor this morning. :-)
Lily, The water looks so clear in your Heron shot. Nice to see. He must have a hard time fishing though. I would think the prey fish would see him from a mile away. :O)
I guess you can probably tell I like birds. I took this shot of a captive Great Horned Owl, ET, at a captive bird show in one of our state parks. He was a really sweet bird and let everyone touch him and I even held him. I didn't notice the reflection of the park building's windows in his eyes until I got home and looked at the photos.
Thanks, Lily_love. Yes the action is hotting up. I'm going to be starting a new thread on the bird watching forum tomorrow. I've been going to the nest nearly every day. The female has been bringing nesting material and the two of them are spending a lot of time on and around the nest. No mating as yet, but I think that will start within the next week or even less.