It has happened once again! Cold, rain, cold and then temps in the 70's and 80's and not enough time to get all the gardens cleaned up! I know I should get the debris out of the garden in the fall but many of the oak trees do not let go of all their leaves until spring and the fallen leaves do provide a bit of protection from early frosts. I enlisted help from the 'Equipment manager' who did a major portion of the raking while I was attending to those previously mentioned barrels. Since this blog is entitled 'Ledge and Gardens', I thought you should all see some of the ledge.
Not too much to see in the way of plants but there is one shrub blooming, the Cornell Pink Rhododendron. This is a Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink' pictured in bud and bloom here. It is a deciduous shrub which grows to about 8'. It is a very lovely, true pink and looks beautiful in the woodland border. It is hardy from Zone 4 through 7 .