With Halloween over and Thanksgiving Day in the near future, I look forward to sharing time with family and friends. I’m sure you do, too. The meeting in November starts the holiday season with fall colors on the tables and fall foliage outside the windows at the clubhouse. It’s one of my favorite times of year. Is it yours?

If you have an opportunity to be near the American River whether in Folsom, Fair Oaks, or Rancho Cordova, look at how the light enhances the colors of the river. Often the reeds near Willow Creek reflect vividly on the water. The hillsides and oak trees are also frequently reflected. It’s a magical time in this area.

What are you planting this fall that will be ready for the plant sale in April? I’m planting cuttings from Dusty Miller, digging up Clivia bulbs and starting new Bulbine plants. I’ve also started my winter garden with kale, broccoli, broccoli raab, lettuces, arugula, and sugar snap peas. I’ll try succession planting this year so that all the broccoli won’t be harvested all at one time!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the November meeting where we’ll hear about how the funds that we raised during the garden tour will be put to good use for grants in the Folsom community.

Happy Thanksgiving…Belinda

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