signs of autumn

October 7, 2017

While I am a summer type of girl (love the heat!), I do enjoy seeing fall come on. The messiness of the garden, those gorgeous color changes, and odd wildlife behaviors enthrall me. It’s a season that is bursting with life and activity. After returning from our recent vacation and getting back into the rhythm of life, I took a few moments today to capture some of the beauty happening outside. It is unseasonably warm right now, but fall is upon us, for sure.


aDSC_0028We call these cedar trees, but I believe they are officially junipers. Their “berries” (cones) are attractive to the birds called Cedar waxwings. If anyone knows better, please do inform me in the comments….this is my best guess on this tree based on what I know.


aDSC_0022The trees doing their thing. We love trees and they are one of the main reasons we bought this place.


aDSC_0021A lone walnut


aDSC_0019Some decorative landscaping in the typical fall messy state. Used to get to me, now I just enjoy the mess. It’s part of the seasonal cycle and I appreciate it.


aDSC_0013A shrub called Beautyberry ‘Early Amethyst’. Fabulous purple berries, attractive to birds.


aDSC_0009Fallen leaves and grasses going to seed


aDSC_0008We have a bunch of these grasses around. I just love them! Not sure what their official name is though.


aDSC_0007Black walnut tree silhouetted against the sky. There are some walnuts still hanging on. I am going to learn to gather and harvest the nuts next year. They just fall to the ground and decay, or get picked up by wildlife. A few for me, please. It can’t be that hard, right?


aDSC_0005Honeysuckle berries, the birds love these!

 

aDSC_0004King Richard leeks – I planted these seeds what seems like a LONG time ago, and they are reaping me the reward.  Planted them in several places, including these large planters, which also held annuals during the summer – my first attempt at edible landscaping. They are ready for harvesting…or not. They can stay in the soil until we are ready for them if we provide them with some protection from the extreme cold.


While a large part of me would love to relocate to a more southern climate (remember that thing about the heat?), I really do appreciate getting all four full seasons here. I have a feeling that I would miss these types of changes. What is autumn like in your area? Do you get the seasonal changes where you are?

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  • Reply Rebel Girl October 7, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Great pictures. Just love the beauty berries!

    • Reply thewoodlandgardener October 8, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Thanks so much, me too! Those berries are my favorite to look at, fabulous color.

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