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Bringing In the Bay Laurel
Fall is finally here, a wonderful gardening season for many reasons. Temperatures are dropping, bothersome biting bugs (mosquitoes) are becoming less of a nuisance and the colors of autumn reappear once again. Robust reds, glorious goldens, bold browns, brilliant bronzes, perfect purples, and crisp creams all take the stage. They are all complimented nicely by stalwart evergreen hollies, boxwood, and yews. For us in the north, fall is a pleasant time of year to be outside enjoying the colorful scenery while taking care of end of season cleanup activities.
One of the activities on the schedule this month is bringing in cherished plants that will need protection from winter's chill. I only bring two such plants into the house every year, a lemon tree and a Bay Laurel. The Bay Laurel plant I’ve had for about 10 years. It was purchased from a local garden center in a little 4” pot and has since grown slowly into a tree. You can see my crude attempt to train it into a standard. Despite its somewhat unattractive appearance, it does a great job providing flavorful seasoning for winter soups and stews. Don’t forget to protect your tender plants this fall if you want to greet them again in the spring!