Today was one of those golden days.
I had my morning coffee, researched some stuff about propagating grapes from some family vines. I wanted to get cuttings and let them go nuts in the office's southern window over the winter. It is my hope that they'll be well established and ready to grow by next spring.
I went up to water the raspberry suckers we planted two nights ago. We planted 12 and I was glad to see all but three looking perky with no trace of wilt at all. Two others have some wilted leaves but over all look good. One just looks very droopy and depressed. Not so sure about him. Over all, they appear to like their new home. We will let them go until it starts getting cold and then we will lie them down and cover them with a thick layer of leaves for the winter.
I was surprised to see that three frosty mornings in a row have left our poor apple tree completely leafless. That is one of our big projects this winter. Big, not because of the size of the job, but because of the importance of it. We love that old tree. It is ancient and it has been untended for years uncounted. Part of it shows rot and insect damage. We meant to remove the dead wood during the summer but got scared after getting some advice from someone who knows more about these things than we do. (Thanks again, Ed!) It's too early to do the work, but it is surely not too early to be considering how to best do it. I marked two 'definitely-got-to-go-branches'.