After a very difficult and crazy summer, I am welcoming Fall with open arms.
I'm glad you're here!
A few weeks ago, on a drive out to the farm to pick up our CSA and I spied the first yellow leaf clinging to a birch branch. I almost broke into tears at the promise of a shift in the season - both the natural season, and our season of grief.
When things have gotten tough around here, in true "me" fashion, I've retreated to the garden. And good for me I have done so, because the garden is beautiful right now. The fullness of the garden right now seems to be in equal proportion to the heaviness I've been feeling.
*note* when you are surrounded by things you can not change, its good to focus on things you can, like gardening.
**another note, I think I need to repaint the large pots on either side of the front door...hmmm....now what color?
This time last year, a good friend and I began tearing out the large boxwood bushes that covered the front of our house. They were gangly and not getting enough sun now that the trees are beginning to mature. It was time, and I needed a project on which to focus my energies.
The front beds sat there bare and frozen all winter leaving the neighbors to wonder what the heck I was thinking.
I planned those beds all winter long.
And when Spring poked its little head out the very first time, I began digging in again.
I knew I wanted to stick with more texture and a simple color pallet. Purples, lime greens, dark, greens, whites, variegated leaves, and simple flowers that would attract birds and butterflies.
All of that planning and digging paid off this summer.
Today, I added a few dark purple colored mums to the pots on either side of the front door replacing some of the summer annuals that were looking sickly. They blend perfectly with what's already in place.
If you interested, a list of what I planted is below. Are you getting your beds ready for Fall too? I'd love to hear what your planting. What's your favorite new addition?
Purple Leaves: Sweet Potato Vine, Weigela, Heuchera, Purple Cabbage
Lime Green Leaves: Choleus, Creeping Jennie, Japanese Maple
Texture: Lamb's Ear, Swiss Chard,
Smell: Gardenia, Verbena
Variegated Leaves: Hosta, Pittosporum
Edibles: Purple Cabbage, Kale, Swiss Chard
Pops of Color: Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower), Swiss Chard, Verbena, Salvia, White Periwinkles, Morning Glories
Attractive to Birds and Bees: Sweet Potato Vine, Verbena, Salvia, , Gardenia, White Periwinkles, Echinacea, Foxglove