As the end of growing season, golden cottonwood leaves define our path as plants get ready for winter.
Some of the giant Siouxland cottonwoods, prairie aspen, haven’t lost leaves yet. Ash tree leaves are already matted beneath trees and maples are just beginning to lose their fall green.
Little bluestem and other native grasses burn red in their muted splendor.
Winking nasturtiums are surprised to awaken to a dusting of snow today. Though they bloom after the past week’s near freezing nights, completion of their circle is near. Plants slow to dormancy and gardeners may choose respite until next season.
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