They’re having a plant clinic over at Garden Rant, and I decided to submit the perplexing, premature leaf drop my ‘Autumn Brilliance’ Juneberry exhibits every year. The leaf drop was addressed in today’s clinic, but since they didn’t show all the images, I thought I’d share them here.So much for autumn brilliance, huh? Though I will concede that each leaf is brilliant before it falls, most of them are long gone before autumn. Sigh. The native Juneberries seem to prefer the edge of the field, where they have a western exposure, although there are some growing in full sun. I will try to remember to check the foliage of the wildlings as the season progresses, to see if they are all similarly afflicted.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
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