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Mid September with Hints of Autumn

In one week the season has stepped from summer onto the edge of fall, and there is no going back. Autumn's touch is evident. There are golden and orange tints in the trees, especially in dogwood leaves, which are always among the first to turn, and the breeze brings a few leaves fluttering to the ground.Cornus florida, our native flowering dogwood, is beginning to turn colors in mid-september.

I walk in the garden and feel sunshine on my face, but it is a gentle breath and no longer the hot, sticky lick of summer. I call autumn our second spring. Many summer flowers, like these in the front planter, are rejuvenated in the cooler, yet still warm air.

I walk slowly and enjoy my tour around the mid-September garden, with its pleasant atmosphere and hints of autumn:

Oakleaf Hydrangea leaf

Southern magnolia seed pods

Evergreen Dryopteris erythrosora, Autumn fern, does not turn colors in fall. Rather, new growth in spring has autumn tints.

Clockwise from top left: Licoris radiate, the spider lily; Ilex verticillata, the winterberry; Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'; Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'.

This old rusty woodpecker is in the woodland garden.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. Have a great week!   Deb

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Reader Comments (18)

Loved your tour. Fall in the South is wonderful, despite the absence of great flaming trees that are seen in the uplands. I treasure every little Sassafras and Sumac that blazes later on. I 'specially enjoy the cool crisp feeling like taffeta on the skin that replaces the warm wool blanket feeling of summer humidity.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNell Jean

Lost in the beauty of your garden, then I notice the fragrance of Buddleja wafting thru the window

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Studer

I loved your description of summer's heat in your area: "the hot, sticky lick of summer." Southern California's always been known for its "dry" heat but we've had a lot of that "sticky lick" ourselves this year and we expect to get more of that tomorrow when another tropical system moves in; however, if it brings rain, I won't complain. I love your autumn garden and wish I could stroll though it with all its changing color. There's been no sign of autumn here yet. I just checked my 'Sango Kaku' Japanese maple, which last year took on a delicious orange/gold hue in early September but this year the leaves are simply burning and turning brown due to too little water and too much heat.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

I very much enjoyed walking through the garden with you. We are seeing hints of fall too; how I enjoy this time of year!

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChristi {Jealous Hands}

Despite our very different latitudes, it seems that we are experiencing very similar seasonal changes. Here, too, leaves started to turn noticeably and today brought a cool mass of autumn air. I love this time of year.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJean

I love wandering through your garden, no matter what time of year it is. The light in autumn is much softer and kinder to the plants. Your garden is really beautiful as the colours are turning, we have a similar effect over here too.

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Judging from the photos it definitively looks like autumn has moved into your garden in a very lovely and gentle way. I especially love the photo with the sun shining through the dark arbor, so atmospheric!
I have a question: What is the name of the dark purple pompom-like flowering plant on the fourth photo from the top of you post that is planted between the petunias? I like it very much!
Wishing you many wonderful autumn days in your beautiful garden!
Warm regards,

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchristina

Yep, touches of autumn here, too. Beautiful photos, Deb. Your garden is amazing in every season!

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeth @ PlantPostings

I love autumn in your garden but I'm glad you can enjoy some pleasant weather before it takes over completely. It is like a second spring here too and September is I think my favourite month.

September 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Deb, The colors in your lovely garden are just so gorgeous and your wonderful photography brings it all to life. I really feel as if I am taking a wonderful autumnal stroll. Amazing!


September 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKate R

Autumn has arrived here too, cooler weather and much colder in the evening, but I love autumn for the crisp light and pleasant gardening temperatures. Thanks for the stroll around your wonderful garden, beautiful photos as ever.

September 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

I love our walks through the garden, they are one of the special things in this world...I to have been watching the subtle signs of falls subtle arrival.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie@Seattle Trekker

Beautiful, especially the C. florida. I so wish we could grow it here successfully. Also love the pine cones (also a rarity here) and the Oakleaf Hydrangea - actually something that can be grown here successfully.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Your garden is a perfect example as to why foliage is so important...that second spring! Just stunning Deb!

September 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View

Your Autumn is gentle and kind, and oh so beautiful. I love the changing colors of the foliage, and this is one of my favorite months.

I think that the long hot summer here has dried everything out so badly that our colors might be a bit washed out this year.

But i can live vicariously through other bloggers.


September 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ The Light Laughed

I always love your autumn garden, Deb. This tour did not disappoint.

September 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercatmint

Autumn is so very welcome here too, especially with the cool, crisp air. I never like to say goodbye to my summer flowers, but it's the price I have to pay for the glory of fall.

September 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Everything is perfect!! How do you do it Deb!!

September 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commentereve

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