Even though it is late August, we have been getting hints of fall in the air with some cold nights and cooler “fall-like” days in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.Check out the fall color tours.
Penn State University and Cooperative Extension have been publishing safe home food preservation recommendations and providing tips and techniques to the public for over 100 years. In this time, we have come a long way in perfecting preservation methods so they are nutritious, good tasting, and safe to eat.
Now it's autumn, and you're ready -- okay, almost ready -- to be back in school. Those hardworking trees, on the other hand, need to take a break from all that photosynthesizing. When leaves change color from green to yellow, bright orange, or red, you'll know that trees are beginning their long winter's rest.
The avian parade continues with hummingbirds, warblers and vireos the next species to begin their migration south, providing Wisconsin birders some great viewing opportunities and experts more insight into how the early spring and drought has affected Wisconsin’s winged travelers.
People, also known as "leaf peepers," plan vacations around the best fall color. Luckily we don't have to travel far for a good show. Fall color does vary depending on plant genetics, growing season, weather, and changes in daylight. The sun and the earth have taken care of the day length issue.
The Homeowners Column - University of Illinois Extension
Marmo maple (Acer x fremanii ‘Marmo’) is a tree with a lot to love. The natural offspring of silver and red maple parents, it appears to have inherited the positive characteristics of both. Unlike its silver parent, it is seedless—joy to all gardeners who annually rake up barrels of dried silver maple seeds, often from their neighbor’s trees.
In colder regions, where freezing temperatures are the norm at the height of winter, gardeners must protect plants from both the cold and the wind using a range of techniques. Overwintering container-grown plants outdoors is extremely challenging in the coldest regions of the country (Zone 4 and colder), where it's best to grow annuals and perennials for one short season of color.
Most gardeners will busy themselves in the fall preparing for spring color by thinking about spring flowering bulbs, but what about adding unusual flowers and different colors to the garden by using what are often referred to as minor or miscellaneous bulbs.
Dahlias produce some of the garden's most spectacular flowers. Indeed, the "dinner plate" type of dahlia often produces flowers 12 to 14 inches in diameter if given proper care. Although dahlias flower throughout the summer, the warm days and cool nights associated with fall causes them to produce greater numbers of flowers with more intense, vibrant color.
Halloween brings out the kid in all of us. It's fun to get dressed up in a costume and parade around the neighborhood or go to a party. Treats are a part of the fun. However, treats don't have to be sticky, gooey candy.
What is it about red? At a party, it's the red dress that turns heads. On the highway, it's the red sports car. In the prairie, it's the rare cardinal flower in a sea of goldenrod. And when the woods take on a golden glow, the flame of red is what makes an autumn spectacular.