I just spent 5 days with good friends up on the Klamath river, at a remote, rustic fishing lodge (River's West Lodge), 20 miles up-stream from the ocean. We saw sea lions and otters chasing Salmon, fly-fishermen catching half-pounders by the score, bears swimming the river in front of us, dozens of bald eagles squeaking and chirping and fishing, herons and egrets fighting for a fishing spot. The Vine Maples and dogwoods were showing off some spectacular fall colors. (By the way, They're always looking for pilots who love to fish. It's a 2 hour flight to Klamath Glen or a 9 hour drive.)
I came back expecting to see more fall color but it seems the first wave of color is largely over and a second wave has yet to begin. That first wave of cold we had a month ago along with shorter days set many plants in our area into fall color production that proceeded more quickly than normal as the late summer weather kept metabolisms racing.
Interestingly, many plants have NOT had enough cold or drought to trigger their shut-down. It is VERY important that you cut back on watering plants that are still very green. They need to know that winter is on its way. If we get extreme cold before plants have a chance to close-up for winter, they may suffer some severe die-back. Alternatively, we may get to have another spectacular wave of fall color.
Rob and Eric are going to Mammoth Lakes to talk about Cold Hardy Garden plants and collect some high-elevation seed next week. We are hoping the fall colors will be spectacular in the southern Sierra, "east-side". (Really, the "colors" are always great there, we are hoping the vegetation looks great as well.)
Posted on Tue, October 12, 2010
by Eric Larusson