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"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace. "

May Sarton

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile

Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile. ~ William Cullen Bryant

It is November and here, in the Northeast of the U.S., the brisk breezes are blowing, the rain is coming down and the leaves are falling, falling....

So we must content ourselves with the sweet leftovers - the berries, the cabbages, the mums and some lovely remaining leaves.

The ones on the Japanese Maples are brilliantly stunning this year:

The berries on the winterberry - Ilex verticillata - are in their glory. All ready to be made into a Thansgiving wreath.

The planters are filled with mums,pansies and more.

 The crabapples are studded with their finest jewelry:

 And even the puddles don't look so bad at this time of year.


  1. I love all of these fall colors and textures...I would add viburnum nudum, both 'Winterthur' and Brandywine, to this list, along with callicarpa 'Early Amethyst' and aronia 'Brilliantissima'...leaves and berries make such a wonderful splash of color against the clear blue sky of fall. It's that last hurrah that cheers up these shorter days

  2. so true - early amethyst is one of my faves! and I use 'winterthur' but don't know 'Brandywine' I will check it out. Thanks Maggie!

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