The Golden Season is upon us. The quality of light has changed and there is more than a touch of nostalgia in the air.
The weather in Georgia is still fine; the daytime temps are mild with crisp early mornings and evenings.
While we cannot boast the colour changes of the northern states, there is still much to celebrate.
The early camellias are blooming……
and the salad garden is coming along….
Gardening may slow down a bit but it does not end. Still have to weed!
To see the name of the plants, hold your mouse over photos.
Due to an injury I have been unable to garden. I finally got to take a walk and snap some photos so here goes.. a bit of this ‘n’ that.
This scene makes me smile every time..the faded flowers on the hydrangea and the Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ perfect partners.
Stewartia showing some of its famous exfoliating bark. This was the year to remove all the lower branches, it will look somewhat awkward for a few years…
Camellia sasanqua ‘Daydream’ I rescued this plant from the trash at a nursery. Margaret Moseley told me it was the only fragrant sasanqua in her garden…If Margaret was growing it ..I needed to have one too; but it was an old variety and no one carried it. One Autumn day, plant shopping in Alabama, I caught a sweet fragrance and went to investigate…there it was, a broken scraggly mess, lying in the trash heap… the treasure I was seeking! They gave it to me.
Beautiful colours on the lacecap hydrangea…
eggplants and peppers still going in the potager…
and the clematis that bloomed all summer & going strong still… Clematis ‘Odoriba’
Life is good.
Autumn is definitely the most colourful time of the year in my garden. Above, fall foliage and camellias.
The dogwoods (Cornus florida) are at their peak with both the foliage and the fruits ablaze.
I just love the way this tree frames the veranda and gives me a marvelous view of the cardinals who fly in to devour the berries.
Elsewhere, the Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are in phase 3 of their 4 season show. This native is unsurpassed.
Some views from the veranda…
For more autumn beauty see Boy Fenwick’s photos on the blog Reggie Darling. He has also captured the most incredible sunset. Enjoy!
Perhaps what I appreciate most about gardening in the south is the fact that it is year round.
While many of the deciduous hydrangeas are loosing their foliage, the Arum groundcover is coming into its own and will soon blanket the ground.
Then there are the shrubs that bloom a second time. Above, the Chinese Witchhazel (Lorapetalum chinensis) in its second flowering.
For the rest, far from looking bare the camellia sasanqua are putting on quite a show. From a distance they could be mistaken for cascading roses ….
Close up, just as enchanting with as much diversity in form.