Monday, November 16, 2015

Closing up shop.

Autumn is well and truly here.  In fact, I'd have to say that it was really quite wintry when I left for work this morning as everywhere was white with frost.  The vines are all busy shutting down and are losing their leaves.  Triggered by decreasing daylight hours, senescence begins in the mesophyll cells located in the margins of the grape leaf and slowly advances inward.  (The leaf above is a great example).  Temperature does not play a part in the onset of senescence, but frosty mornings will definitely speed up the whole process.  And yesterday, I harvested my last batch of tomatoes, so I think it is finally time to admit summer is over, sigh.

4 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG, maybe it's time to rest!
A good book, warm blankets, seasonal music (AC-BC) and of course a red wine!

Thomas said...

Still picking tomatoes! Now that's neither autumn nor winter.

VG: You need to come East and learn what the four seasons are all about...

Thud said...

Summer is over? as I watch bits of trees fly past my window I'm still waiting for the friggin thing to start.

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Always stuff to do.

Tomasso: Four Seasons? Isn't that a hotel chain?

Thud: My apologies for living in California :)