Right around the time Lillian was born, the autumn colors came out in full force here in Chicago, with beautiful red, orange, and yellow leaves everywhere you look. And since this is our first autumn in the new house, it was fun to learn that the tree out front turns a lovely shade of gold in the fall:
The weekend before last, my aunts came over to visit with Lillian, and since fall is tulip planting season, they decided to bring over a bunch of bulbs to plant in front of our house.
The landscaping situation in our front yard is yet another thing we haven’t had much time to work on this summer, for all the obvious baby-preparation-related reasons, and it actually looks about the same now as it did back when we first moved in:
While we’d eventually like to do some proper landscaping in this area, with mulch and probably some paver stones to border it, for now the tulip bulbs just went in between the bushes, leaving everything else as-is. They’ve been buried a full six inches underground, which seems to be the recommendation from tulip-planting articles like this one.
And since we have a lot of squirrels in this neighborhood, it seemed like a good idea to disguise the newly-dug-up soil with some fallen leaves so the critters wouldn’t dig up and eat our new tulip bulbs:
Those pesky squirrels will never suspect a thing, right?
Anyway, in addition to the tulips, we also planted some hyacinth bulbs, which should make for some lovely and fragrant blossoms in the early spring. I can hardly wait to see them grow, though unfortunately we still have a long, long Chicago winter ahead of us. Le sigh.
Has anyone else been out gardening at this time of year? Any ambitious landscaping plans for when spring rolls around?