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Still Enchanted

This week marked my six year anniversary writing this blog. This is amazing to me, considering I had never read a blog before I started this one and had no idea what I was doing! I hoped, in the beginning, to make it to one year. The first year led to another, and here I am, sharing yet another Alabama autumn with the world, still enchanted by a jewel-tinted landscape and the dance of swirling leaves, falling in love all over again with this magical season.These photos were taken on the same day of the same Japanese maple.
Last night we had a much-needed soaking rain, and this morning was crisp as a tart apple, bursting with juice and tangy flavors. I was out early, planting pansies and violas, a traditional rite of fall in my parts. These, along with snapdragons, salvias, and assorted left-over summer bloomers such as marigolds, pentas and gomphrena, give that magical second-spring look to parts of the garden.
Pink gomphrena
Sweet viola
Marigold and sweet potato vine are summer plants that look great for fall, too.
The peak of our fall season is still weeks away, but autumn colors are beginning to show in dogwoods, redbuds, crape myrtles and Japanese maples.
To celebrate my six years in the blogosphere, I am giving links to six old posts, all written at least three years ago. Are there some out there who have been with me from the beginning, and do you remember any of these posts? Both long-time and newer readers may enjoy these golden-oldies!
1. My most popular post of all time, hands down. I still get many hits every day on this post, thanks to its high Google ranking and no doubt to its catchy title: How Not to Kill a Dwarf Alberta Spruce, written in 2011.
2. A post I think everyone should read: Chemical Warfare and Other Ways Plants Defend Themselves, written in 2010.
3. A real look at my life as a gardener: Why It Takes So Long To Get Things Done In My Garden, written in 2010.
4. Another view of the gardening life: The Garden Experience, written in 2012.
5. A visually lovely post about a special area in my town: A Magic Morning in Helena, written in 2009.
6. How I created the woodland garden: Seven Steps to Making a Woodland Garden, written in 2010.
There are many other posts I could mention. It was hard to choose just six! It has been fun, and I am deeply grateful to my readers!  Thank you, and best wishes to you all, Deb

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Dear Deb, congratulations to your six year blog anniversary! That is quite an accomplishment. The way your posts are written, I have a feeling that you are still enjoying it very much.
I love the autumn photos from your garden. They are so atmospheric and simply wonderful.
The soft, cool colors of the salvias, gomphrena, snapdragons, violas and white euphorbia (?) look great together. I toyed with the idea to buy some violas today, too, but stayed away from it, because at 101 Fahrenheit it simply doesn't make any sense yet, even though the nurseries were carrying violas already.
Wishing you a lovely autumn!

October 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchristina

Great idea to link in with six previous posts. Congratulations! Your blogging journey sounds similar to mine. Thanks for the reminder: My blogoversary is this month, too. :)

October 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeth @ PlantPostings

Congratulations on your 6th blogging anniversary, Deb! Thanks for sharing past posts - they all reminded me why I love your blog. Not only are your photographs wonderful but you always have something interesting to say and you do so clearly and beautifully. You've got more than 3 years experience on me in the blogosphere but your Journal gives me something to aspire to.

October 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

Congratulations on 6 years! I am so glad you started your blog all those years ago. I love the post Why It Takes So Long... it's also a description of how things go around here! Enjoy the beginnings of Fall! xo

October 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChristi {Jealous Hands}

Congratulations on the blogiversary...like hollywood marriages anything over a year should be considered a accomplishment!

It's always a pleasure visiting your lovley blog, I get spring, and Autumn both earlier and later when I do.


October 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ The Light Laughed

Six years ! congratulations, so many people give up after a couple of years, glad you are going from strength to strength. (Crisp as a tart apple) yes, I like that.

October 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteralistair

Congratulations on six years of blogging! Looking forward to many more! By the way, I absolutely love that vine-covered arch.

October 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Happy sixth blogaversary!
My 6th was in June.

Here the Japanese maple is leafing out. Perhaps this will be the year that it spreads and develops from a spindly twiggy bunch.

October 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Studer

I love reading your blog and following the wonderful changes in your garden that are reveled in your photo albums. You have a lot to make you proud, writing and publishing a blog for 6 years is such an amazing achievement.

October 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie@Seattle Trekker

Congratulations on your sixth year of fabulous garden blogging!

October 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

Deb, Congratulations on your 6th blogaversary! My sixth was in August (although I was so busy creating a new garden that I forgot to mark it). I remember several of those older posts, especially Why It Takes So Long and Seven Steps to Creating a Woodland Garden. There are a surprising number of us who started blogging in 2009. I wonder how much the support we found at Blotanical in it's brief shining 'Camelot' moment contributed to our longevity.

October 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Congratulations Deb! Your blog is one of the awesomest corners of the Internet :)

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAaron Dalton

Happy 6 years Deb and many more to come...it is a treat for me to see your garden in fall and how lucky to have warm weather still to plant in.

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View

Six years of celebrating your wonderful garden Deb! Amazing. I never get tired of admiring the wonderful trees, and the way you underplant to knit it all together and keep the interest going. Roll on the next six years!

October 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet/Plantaliscious

Happy blogaversary, dear Deb. I think we have been cyberfriends for a long time, nearly from the beginning, and I still melt when I see your romantic, soft, dreamy garden photos.

October 14, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercatmint

Congratulations on your six year blog anniversary Deb. I enjoyed (re)reading the six posts. Your writing is always so entertaining and the photos are enchanting. I hope you will always keep blogging.

October 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Happy anniversary Donna, I am 18 months behind you, but like you I had not read any blogs before I started and only after writing for a few weeks did I start to read a bit – but it wasn’t until almost a year later when I joined Blotanical I really got into visiting other people’s blogs.

Lovely to see your autumn colours, I think this time of year is the best in the garden and as the temperature is cooling down a bit it is easier to get things done. I enjoyed the post about why things take so long to get done – sounds just like me in my garden!!

Congratulations on your 6 years, may you have many more to come :-)

October 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

I wish I could recall exactly when I began my own blog. You see, my blog was hijacked a few years ago, right at Christmas time, and by the time I got around to sorting it out, it was too late and it could not be recovered. It broke my heart, for sure. But it's nice to see autumn arriving in your garden. We're having a late fall color season, but the frigid weather this weekend should speed things up. But frost means I've had to already let go of my annuals, something that does not make me happy. Phooey.

October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Deb, Apologies for my late reply! Many congratulations on your blog anniversary...that is quite an achievement! Your posts are always so inspiring and I just love to see the pictures of your beautiful wooded garden. I just wish I had found you sooner..but I can catch up on all your posts.
Have a wonderful week and enjoy fall!


October 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKate R

Happy blogaversary!!! Six years is impressive! Your fall garden looks so lovely. I know it will be amazing with all those Japanese maples in full color! Here we had a cold snap into the 20's, and the garden is pretty much done, though leaves are still changing and falling.

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIndie

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