It's really easy to love a garden in the spring and summer - when everything is bursting with bloom. Most folks don't find fall gardens quite so charming, though.
But I do! I love my garden all the time . . . and maybe especially in the fall.
Everything is way past its prime in my fall garden. Most die-hard gardeners I know rush to cut back dying perennials in the fall, ready to be done with garden-tending for another season. And . . . well . . . I am, too. But also . . . not.
Fall in my garden is really a wonderful time, and I relish these days in my garden.
Why? (Besides knowing I need to get my fill of it before snow keeps me out of it?) Well . . . let me count the ways:
1 - I love the muted colors and crispy textures of my fall garden.
In fact, I find some of my favorite color combinations in my fall garden -- and in fall landscapes, generally. I often go on to use these fall garden color inspirations when it comes to choosing colors for a knitting project . . . or putting together pieces in my closet to wear.
2 - Late season seedheads are so interesting!
The blooms are long gone, sure. But I love seeing the puffs and tufts of the seed heads in the fall. Besides . . . I get even more blooms later (albeit maybe not where I want them) when the seeds scatter in my garden beds. But I've discovered that "volunteer plants" often bring an unplanned unity to my garden. Plus . . . free plants! (And I can always pull them if I'm not happy about where they land.)
3 - The pressure is off!
No time to weed? Lose track of your deadheading? Well . . . in the fall, no one cares. No one expects your garden to look good in the fall. Shoot -- it's just a delight to still find something blooming. And finches love the seedheads. And there's always springtime for cleaning up! Besides . . . if you leave some stuff out there in the garden, it becomes "winter interest" and will light up the garden when it catches the snow as it falls.
I really do love a garden in fall. How about you???
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