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A Sensational Day in the Front Garden

The golden sun was so warm, even as a strong cool breeze was blowing summer away. In the background, the sound of thousands of katydids rose and fell like rhythmic Latin American maracas. I have heard the sound all my life and hardly notice it, but a stranger to the region could be overwhelmed by it. The songbirds were singing, the hawks were shrieking at each other, and the barred owls where hooting in their otherworldly language. The colors of the world were heightened with the sky an intense cerulean blue and the trees and shrubs edged with shades of yellow, pink, and purple. When I took a deep breath I could smell it all: the earth, the freshness of the breeze, the aromas of the foliage. In all, the day was a marvelous sensory experience.

Here are some photos I took around the front garden yesterday as I enjoyed a taste of early autumn. I hope you will receive a blessing, as I did.

A view through the Jasmine arch toward the front garden

a view of the front garden

A view from the front toward the edge of the woodland garden

I planted Deodar 'Feelin' Blue' about a decade ago, when it was only a few inches tall and about a foot wide. Now it is over six feet tall and ten feet wide.

Some views inside the front garden

A view into the front garden from the lower front lawn. I call this the backside of the front garden.Paths run throughout the front garden.

Wild ageratum is one weed I allow to roam, within limits.

An early beginning of the fall foliage show

Finally, here are some September flowers:

I hope that, wherever you are, you are surrounded by love and those things in life that are most beautiful. Have a great week!

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Reader Comments (28)

Very sensory experience! There is something about the light at this time of year, not so blazing as in summer, and not so weak as it is in winter. Early autumn light in your garden shows off the whole place beautifully.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

Beauty everywhere! It was great strolling around the front garden with you.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBernieh

Oh and Oh and Oh! What a treat to see. I wish I could stroll your paths in person and speak to every flower, calling its name.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNell Jean

What a delightful wander round your front garden, the soft light makes everything look so beautiful and your bird song sounds most interesting. Everything added together makes for a really interesting garden, thanks for sharing it with us!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpauline

Your garden tours are always such a treat. Your words put me right there with your memory, too. Thank you.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara H.

What a beautiful tour. And ageratum, one of my favorites, showed up in a garden I had in Atlanta years ago. I let it stay, knowing that one gardener's weed is another's flower.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee May

The photos of your fall garden made me smile. The way the light comes through the trees is so beautiful and inviting and I love your September blooms as well...so pretty!

Love the deodor! How wonderful to have planted it from such a small specimen. And the view through the jasmine arch is fabulous. Enjoy the cooler weather!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolleyGarden

Beautiful pictures to accompany your auditory summary. That Deoder is spectacular! I hope your week is a good one too and that your recovery is going well.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

No matter how many times I see your garden, I always say the same thing: I love that blue bench! The pop of color is truly complimented by the greenery. Enjoy the final days of summer!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Your garden is beautiful as usual. I enjoy seeing it every time! Jeannine

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeannine

Beautiful Deb, you are indeed blessed to have created and maintained such a gorgeous garden. Love feelin blue.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Hi Deb - your garden is such a joy to look at. Perhaps your recuperation from the hip replacement will slow you down enough to really sit back and enjoy the view!!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

As always, your photos are superb. My garden is starting to be stressed by fall so it was wonderful to see a garden still beautiful and in such great shape.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie@Seattle Trekker

Both your words, and your images stir our hearts...that garden is stunning...it's like a dream.


September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Wonderful garden tour, Deb. Thanks for showing us around. Certainly a feast for the eyes if not for the other senses. I wonder how many years before technology can stimulate auditory and olfactory senses as well. It would make our visits so much more realistic.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBom

You have captured the sunlight on the leaves and the long shadows beautifully. It looks such a serene space and I feel privileged to be able to experience your exquisite garden from this distance.

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Gardening Shoe

Oh my goodness. It's like a paradise in there - or an enchanted garden in a children's book. Maybe that can be your next project!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah/Galloping Horse Garden

Your photos and your garden are so beautiful--I think I can smell the scents you describe! ;-) We had so many katydids this summer! I sort of remember them from the past, but they gave us great choruses of sound all night long for weeks on end. Usually the crickets dominate, but the katydids did this summer. I'm not sure why.

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPlantPostings

Your description of gardening and the outside world in general is magical. I love the sound of the katydids and do notice it, but it is really loud now that I think about. A funny noise to put me to sleep but it does.

You're lucky to have hardy ageratum growing wild. You're garden is looking like a leafy paradise, and I love the jasmine arch.

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

So serene and beautiful! The shot through the jasmine arch is incredible!

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCasa Mariposa

Quite breathtaking Debs. A reminder of how I will have my work cut out to make something of our new small plot when we move.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlistair

beautiful Deb, Frances

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIsland Threads

I swear you have the most beautiful golden light shining in your garden.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobinL

Very beautiful pics. I love to do gardening like this at my grandma's home. But, due to scarcity of water it was very difficult to grow plants. Now I got information about how to grow plants with less water.

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucas Sawman

Your beautiful sensory words took me there... your images were the icing on the cake. Thank you sweet friend Just what I needed.

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

I'd say a sensational front garden especially when viewed through the jasmine arch.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View
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