First, some more plants in lawns: tansy, yarrow, prickly lettuce and a green flowered knotweed. Also, in Peterson’s Field Guide to Wildflowers, pigweed and lamb’s quarters are interchangeable common names. That’s the joy of common names. The scientific name is Chenopodium album.
We’re still having a slow year. Usually the leaves are well on their way to coloring up, but only a few have any color, and I think that may be due to them being stressed in some way. Perhaps the extra amount of rain has kept the trees green longer.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013