Saturday
Nov142009

A Perfect Day in November

Another perfect day. Sixty-eight degrees, clear sky, fresh, clean air. Spring is my favorite season, but fall is a close second. I watch as my garden puts itself to bed, and there is beauty and peace in this place as winter's rest approaches.

In my last journal entry, a walk through my garden, I posted a photo of a Japanese maple with golden leaves. Look what happened to it overnight.

 In the woodland garden, a blue hosta, which was about three feet tall in its prime earlier this year, is yellow and wilted with age, but still beautiful as it composes itself against the remnants of an old stump.

I love old stumps, as long as they are where they belong and not in the middle of my lawn. They provide shelter and nourishment to little woodland creatures, and I like the look of them when they are covered with moss and lichens.

This old stump, near the lady garden, is host to variegated ivy.

What else to share with you today? There is so much out there. A lot of it I have planted, and a lot of it I have not. I am blessed with some great native plants, including oakleaf hydrangeas. I have heard that there are more oakleaf hydrangeas in Alabama than anywhere else in the world. It is our official state wildflower. I have plenty of them in my yard. After the leaves have fallen, the seed heads will persist through the winter. 

As the days are shortening and the nights getting cooler, the hydrangeas in my yard are putting on their final show.

 

One kind of hydrangea I did plant is Hydrangea arborescans 'Annabelle'. This was my mother's name, so I planted a half dozen in her memory. They have smooth green leaves and huge white flowers through the summer. Now the flowers are shriveled and brown, but this morning's sun caught one of them and gave it a golden glow.

I hope the sun is shining in your heart, wherever you are, whatever the weather may be. Have a great weekend.

Thursday
Nov122009

a walk in my garden

Tropical storm Ida dumped heavy rain for two days earlier this week, but fortunately there were no strong winds here in Helena. The last two days have been clear blue, gilt with the colors of fall. Yesterday I was working inside all day, but today I was able to spend some time outdoors, and this is what I saw:This dogwood tree is splendid with berries.Golden leaves still cling to a Japanese maple on the edge of the front garden.Native nandina are bright with berries.The Japanese maple 'Waterfall' glows in the woodland garden.Leaf litter on the moss path reminds me of confetti.Red dogwood berries are bright against a golden ground cover.This variegated hydrangea is beautiful, even when it is not blooming.So, those are a few of the sights I saw on my walk today. Thanks for taking that walk with me. I hope that wherever you are, you can refresh your spirit by spending time in a garden.