I was looking at this article on the Huffington Post website about great books for fall foliage, and that, naturally, got me thinking about fall. It seems that when it comes to the changing of the seasons, there are two camps of people. The first, which many of us may find ourselves caught up in, don’t notice it’s autumn until we glance at the calendar or suddenly find ourselves picking out sweaters to wear in the morning. The other group of people do notice. They’re the type most likely to go for long walks (or drives) with the specific desire to get out and observe the changing season. Fall is also a time of changing schedules, and it’s easy to get caught up in our daily lives. So I’ve compiled a list of books about the natural aspects of autumn, and some ideas about how to get out there and enjoy it.
- The colors of fall : a celebration of New England’s foliage season
- Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems
- Foliage: Astonishing Color and Texture Beyond Flowers
- The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook…
- A Day in the Woods
- Fall Foliage (for Kids) – a list of about 9 or so books from our catalog.
- Step-by-Step Crafts for Fall
- Autumn, A New England Journey
- Exploring Autumn: A season of science activities, puzzles and games
- Upland Autumn: Birds, Dogs, and Shotgun Shells
- Henry David Thoreau’s Walden
- Peace at Heart: An Oregon Country Life
- Hooray for Fall!
- Fallscaping: Extending your garden season into autumn
- The Garden in Autumn~Courtney
For over a year now, we have all be enjoying flowering orchids next to the reference desk on the second floor. A patron and good friend to the library has been bringing them in when they are in bloom and taking good care of them. Modest man that he is, he always says it’s easy to get them to bloom, but we are not so sure about that. We are very grateful to him and know that many other patrons of the library have enjoyed them as well.
Currently, we have two orchids blooming, a giant purple orchid (a Cattleya) and a lovely white Bucket orchid or Coryanthes (similar to the one in the picture above). The both have a lovely smell (although their fragrance is different from each other. Bucket orchids have an amazing relationship with orchid bees that involves perfume, sex and glue (from more information visit this site).
Next time you are in the library, make sure you stop by the reference desk and check out the orchids!
Library Orchids resources:
The New Encyclopedia of Orchids by Isobyl la Croix.
All About Orchids by Elvin McDonald.
The Cloud Garden: a true story of adventure, survival and extreme horticulture by Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder.
Now is the time of abundance in the garden and farmer’s market. Take advantage of this abundance by doing some canning or other kind of preservation. You’ll be thankful when mid-winter comes around. Here are some resources to help and inspire:
All About Canning and Preserving by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer and Ethan Becker.
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest by Carol Costenbader.
Quick Pickles: easy recipes with big flavor by Chris Schlesinger.
The Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving: over 300 delicious recipes to use year round by Ellie Topp.
The New Preserves: pickles, jams and jellies by Anne Nelson.