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A Spring Tease

Yesterday was the last day of fall, and I went for a walk in my garden. What did I find? Come with me, and I'll show you.

Enter the woodlands with the mossy paths.

Garden, the cat will greet you. She's not my cat! But she's always there, and I've finally named her. Maybe her family calls her Tootsie or something like that, but she and I know her real name is Garden.

Fall is passing away. There is the last geranium leaf.

Hydrangea blossoms are crinkly and dry.

Goldmound spirea leaves, colors flaming before the end.

Japanese maple leaves litter the ground.

I found these signs of fading fall. 

But don't stop! Follow the path. There's more to see.

Mahonia buds soon will be blooming.

And there are flowers! We see the last roses,

 The first camellia blooms, 

And daffodils!

Is it spring? No, it's only a tease. Winter is coming to Alabama, sharp and cold, but just enough to give me frosty toes and an excuse to buy a new coat. It won't last long, a couple of months, and then it will be - Spring!

This post is dedicated to friends whose gardens will a spend long winter napping under blankets of snow. Just think, while you are resting with your hot chocolate, it will be time for me to get out the hoe, shovel, and trowel and get to work!

You might also like "My garden friend, the cat" or "Moss path in the woodland garden".

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Reader Comments (9)

Deb, thank you for the delightful garden tour. As far as "garden", the cat, he knows where to be. We don't have any, but the neighbor's cats always seem to linger here. Merry Christmas to you!

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Thankyou for teasing me...ha h! What a lovely post..I am dazzled by all your spring beauties!

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

Hello Deb,

Your garden is wonderful proof that as fall fades, there is still so much beauty in the garden. PS. I love your gardening friend.

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle (azplantlady)

What a nice walk you took us on! I am jealous of your still blooming gardens. I also really like the mossy path, it looks like a great place for wandering and thinking.

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

It does look like spring! Daffodils, how lucky! It sure is pretty there, I loved the tour.

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Nice to have a garden buddy. I am looking forward to seeing your hard work in the spring, when I am huddled by the fire and a blizzard howling outside, lol.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah at Kilbourne Grove

Deb, I love this post! Daffodils? Lovely! Feels like spring, indeed!

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTatyana

Deb, what a beautiful, peaceful garden you have, complete with Garden the cat. Those mossy walks are just begging for wandering feet, aren't they?

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYan

Hi Deb,
I thoroughly enjoyed taking a walk through your garden. It's lovely. My garden at the moment is very cold, but no snow. I love the name you gave the cat. Much better than "Tootsie". I have a cat named "Beeswing" (I also have 9 other cats with less imaginative names).
I'll keep checking back on your blog.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindee Eichengreen

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