Several years ago, maybe a dozen or so, I had to go to Boston to attend a work-related conference. I remember we had some additional time on Sunday, the day before the conference started, and so I found myself browsing in a local bookstore. When I could not find the gardening book section (isn’t that where you go first in a bookstore?), I asked someone to direct me to it.
I will never forget the reply. “We don’t have a gardening book section because people around here don’t do much gardening.”
I think I probably visibly recoiled when she said that and that comment is one I repeat to others. “They don’t garden much in Boston.” Ah, yes, words have impact, and can last for a long time.
I have since been assured that people in Boston DO garden.
Anyway, I found myself in Boston again yesterday. I did not have much of an opportunity to look around to confirm that they really do garden there, but I can report that the fall foliage is nearing peak, and at least by the interstates, it is quite nice.
Here in the Indianapolis area, we should start seeing the fall foliage peak over the next 10 days or so. And some of the most colorful foliage will be from the Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus, pictured above. This one is growing in my older sister’s garden.