November in North Carolina


Gorgeous here today with a light breeze and temps in the upper 60’s. I’m always mesmerized by our golden autumn tree canopies. This happens to be the Shag Bark hickory in my front yard.

I’m on my way to see Garrison Keillor at the Stephens Center in downtown Winston Salem where he’s going to talk about Lake Wobegon. Mr D and I have been listening to that series since the 80’s when it first came on.

I don’t think Lake Wobegon has a prettier autumn than NC but it probably comes close.

My river birch hasn’t turned yet and don’t know if it will. Sometimes the leaves just freeze and fall off the tree. Here you can see we’ve cleaned the beds and put them to sleep for the winter.

I hope your autumn day is as spectacular as mine.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. I love that first photo. Its one of my favorite things to do in the autumn – look straight up the trunk of a tree in full fall splendor. Lovely!


    1. Kate, it makes me dizzy but I love it too.


  2. Eliza says:

    I’m nuts (haha) for hickories in the fall. I think I love their color even more than the maples. Lucky for you to have one right in the front yard! I hope you have a wonderful time seeing Garrison Keillor. 🙂


    1. Eliza, Garrison was very good. He talked for 1 hour and 45 minutes without stopping. He has a keen sense of humor. I think hearing him in the autumn makes his stories come alive cause you think of Lake Wobegon as an autumn setting. At least in my mind it is. Trying to decide between hickory and maple might be hard. Our Silver maples are gorgeous.


  3. Catherine says:

    It is beautiful there! There’s something about the brightness of the blue skies during fall and winter that is extra pretty.
    Hope you had fun listening to Garrison Keillor.


  4. James Lunceford The Wanabegardener says:

    Now that’s what I miss being in FL. Not much of a change of color in the fall. Here our oaks loose their leaves in Feb & March. New leaves come on while old leaves are falling off. I can’t wait to get to Western NC on my own acreage.

    We were fortunate to see Garrison Keillor in Orlando a couple years ago. If you have not seen him live you are in for a treat. Enjoy.


    1. Good to hear from a wanna be NCer ;). Hoping you can come very soon and not miss another autumn of color. I thought of ya’ll when I posted this. It’s not as pretty as some years but you still can’t beat it. We loved the show tonight and Mr Keillor was very entertaining. He talked an hour and 45 min straight without skipping a beat.


  5. Randy Emmitt says:


    We had a great day in NC, visited a Wright inspired house just on the market overlooking a nice pod. And we built 3 make shift cold frames for our greens in the garden.


    1. Randy, I’m so glad to see the change in season. It was too hot this summer and I already want to plan for next don’t you? Good for you getting the cold frames secured for the winter. I’ve got my little Copper Top Cottage that will get a good workout this year. Moving some of my potted plants down there tomorrow for winter protection. Are you thinking of moving? I’d love to have a pond. I’ve got a stream but pond would be great.


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