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Last Fall Images, 2018

Winter has come with cold rain and bitter breezes that have stripped lingering autumn leaves from trees. I don't mind our brief winter too much, despite the leaden, mushy landscape. It is a good backdrop for the festive decorations and Christmas lights of December. But I enjoy looking back at the last images of fall, taken less than two weeks ago:

'Orido Nishiki' is usually my last Japanese maple to take on fall colors and the last one to lose them. While many trees were already barren, glorious leaves still clung to this tree in the woodland garden:

Finally, here are a couple of pictures that don't belong to me. Another Deb (who also lives in Helena!) sent me the following photos. First, a decorative rabbit in a sea of leaves:

And her adorable dog named Honeybunny:

Thank you, Deb, for letting me use your beautiful photos.

Despite the arrival of winter, I can't just sit back with my hot chocolate and look at pretty garden pictures. All those leaves covering my moss paths and draped over shrubs have to be raked! (Remember, moss needs air to grow.) And many weeds flourish during milder winter days. So I have to pull them as they appear throughout the winter if I don't want to be swamped with spring weeds. You would be amazed at how many baby weeds are birthed during cold weather!  


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Reader Comments (10)

Those leaves are so beautiful, it's almost a shame to rake them up but I bet you have beautiful compost. Now that we've finally had some decent rain, I expect I'll be joining you on weed patrol - one thing you can say about drought is that it does cut down on the volume of weeds.

December 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

Love all of those beautiful colors of fall. Honeybunny looks like a sweetie. You are lucky your winter doesn't last very long. It is so cold and grey here. I do get out often but not for long. I keep my tiny patch of moss open and weeded. It is growing which makes me happy.

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLisa at Greenbow

These views are so beautiful Deb. Thanks so much for sharing and happy holidays to you and yours!

Thank you, Debbie and Debbie, for sharing the gorgeous photographs.

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJeanet\

Colorful autumn. Love it.
have a great day

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTanza Erlambang

I agree, as lovely as they are, the leaves must be swept up so they don't smother other plants. They make the most wonderful leaf mould which can be added back to the garden at a later date, the plants really appreciate it.

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Your fall garden is gorgeous! We've had so much rain and the garden is so soggy and I'm with you, need to get out to rake leaves and pull those winter weeds before it gets too cold. Your friends dog, Honeybun is adorable, those ears, love!

December 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKarin/Southern Meadows

Gorgeous Autumn pictures from double Debs.

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlistair

Those brightly colored leaves look so inviting spread out on the ground. I would be tempted to roll in them, but then I would remember my knees.

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Just lovely Deb! It’s so nice to see fall colors once more. It seems they were here for such a brief time!

December 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Ruff Leja

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