Cultivating Beauty: Fall Garden Photos

Today, my friend Jerry of the Large Truck helped me gather concrete blocks to line our landlord’s garage (a barrier between mulch and siding), straw bales for winterizing beds, rebar for protecting trees with chicken wire, and potting soil for winter sowing herbs. The guy at the concrete pickup commented, “Well, surely, your garden must be just about done, isn’t it? All packed up?” Um, not exactly. I told him I grow all fall and winter, and things were still quite lush, thank you very much. πŸ™‚

As integrated beings who are part of Nature, we can hold, embody and honor all the contrasts, both the flowering abundance and the rotting into compost, which brings forth fertility and life. As one season fades into another, we need not mourn or fear what comes. Death is part of life, and if you keep sowing seeds, then life keeps popping up throughout the year. Today’s misty Northern California weather surrounds the flowers like a soft blanket of autumn beauty. From my heart to yours, enjoy!

Greetings from the front yard

Greetings from the front yard

The central front bed with reblooming snapdragons, mums, zinnias, sea kale and other bee and butterfly havens

The central front bed with reblooming snapdragons, mums, zinnias, sea kale and other bee and butterfly havens

asters, hyssop, lavender, iris, black eyed Susans and more up front

asters, hyssop, lavender, iris, black eyed Susans and more up front

perennial hollyhocks that will bloom each year, along side the newly placed concrete to protect the landlord's garage

perennial hollyhocks that will bloom each year, along side the newly placed concrete to protect the landlord’s garage

alley side grapes, raspberries, with poke poking out in the background

alley side grapes, raspberries, with poke poking out in the background

new alley-side garden bed with concrete liners

new alley-side garden bed with concrete liners

back yard beds

back yard beds

glorious sedum, marigolds, nasturtium and black eyed Susan's with a peek of rose

glorious sedum, marigolds, nasturtium and black eyed Susan’s with a peek of rose

apple tree and friends -- aronia berry, jostaberry, marigolds, strawberries and more

apple tree and friends — aronia berry, jostaberry, marigolds, strawberries and more

cherry tree and friends -- in the spring we'll see flowering chives and daffodils

cherry tree and friends — in the spring we’ll see flowering chives and daffodils

first ripe lemon

first ripe lemon

first ripe fairy tale pumpkin

first ripe fairy tale pumpkin

cosmos and compost --with brassicas

cosmos and compost –with brassicas

nearly finished tomato beds with lavender, daikon radish, marigolds, tomatillos and parsley filling in the blanks

nearly finished tomato beds with lavender, daikon radish, marigolds, tomatillos and parsley filling in the blanks

straw bales ready for putting this bed to bed

straw bales ready for putting this bed to bed

back yard beauty

back yard beauty

18 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cnawan Fahey on October 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Beautiful!

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  2. beautiful! i get to see it soon weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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  3. So beautiful- I’m envious as I have no yard, but I’ve got some still blooming zinnias in pots-going to try container gardening next!

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  4. Posted by Sky on October 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    So LUSH!! So pulsating with life through all the seasons!

    Loved the Fairy Tale pumpkin. Wondered what they would look like. Now I know.

    Sky

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  5. Thanks, Cnawan!

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  6. Yay, Tania! Can’t wait. πŸ™‚

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  7. Thanks, Joy! When I started gardening, we had just a small strip on the side of the house and a very, very shady raised bed out back. Containers worked great. You might also want to check out the Garden Tower Project. I got one here, not because I needed the vertical space to grow, but to demo it for others who think they can’t have a garden without a yard. I meant to include a photo here, but here’s an old photo: https://laurabruno.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/watermelon.jpg

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  8. Thanks, Sky! Yes, the fairy tale pumpkins are very exciting and delightful. I’m curious how they taste. That will be the next test.

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  9. Ohhh that’s cool, thank you!

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  10. Posted by manyhahama1955 on October 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Beautifimous!! Thank you! love, Sophia

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  11. Thanks and love, Sophia!

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  12. Posted by Kimber on October 19, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I miss my garden! Have you wandered by? How does it look?

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  13. Ohhh, I’m sure you do, Kimber! No, I haven’t gone by your place at all. You’re really the only reason I ever walk by there, and with you in the land of penguins, well … I haven’t gone. πŸ™‚ Miss you!

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  14. Posted by Cheryl on October 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Beautiful, just like you!

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  15. Thanks, Cheryl! Ditto πŸ™‚

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  16. Posted by Jane Derbenwick on October 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Absolutely awesome beauty!! I still remember when you were just starting this.

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  17. Thanks, Momma! πŸ™‚

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