“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~L.M. Montgomery
Fall is a great time to get a good perspective of the entire space in the garden. As leaves fall and flowers fade, you can see the remnants of the garden… but look deeper. Look beyond the spent blooms, the bare bones of the shrubs. Beyond the foliage of perennials that lay themselves down now for a final slumber.
What do you see? When you stand in the garden, do you move to different areas and then turn in all four directions to get a panoramic view? Do you have the ability to look out over the space from above to see the overview of the entire area? Do you ever lay on the ground and look up and through the bed to see the garden from the toad’s viewpoint? All these perspectives allow you to see the relationship between the plants, the space…the whole effect.
And when you take time to look at the garden from a different perspective, you find many treasures you may have been missing. Like the sparkling silk of a spider’s web glistening in the early morning sun or the glowing foliage backlit by the fading rays. Have you climbed a tree and seen it from the inside out much like a bird viewing the world; feeling the wind rustle through the leaves skipping over your skin. It is exhilarating and oh the long views straight out to the horizon seeing fields and mountains….being that much closer to the clouds.
Why am I focusing on perspectives? I love what surprises I see in my garden when I make an effort to see it from many vistas. And I have decided to take on a big project in my garden next year. It will require I live in and with my garden so as to gain those perspectives as I take inventory. And then to consider making changes that are part of a detailed plan. More on that project in the new year.
And as I start to take inventory of my garden, I am also taking inventory of my life to gain a better perspective of my surrounds. To give gratitude for all I have, and to embrace changes that are coming. And to explore new skills and areas of interest. We are continually changing and it is important to not stand in one place, but to move about to discover a whole new world.
For Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day (GBBD), I decided to explore my garden blooms from different perspectives. The top photo is a close up of Swamp Milkweed seeds just bursting out on the wind. Enjoy the views of what’s bloomin’ in my October garden. I am linking in with Carol@May Dreams Gardens who hosts this meme. I am grateful for the glorious weather we have been having that has helped produce these amazing blooms.
The warm days and cool nights have created rose bushes brimming with flowers.
Only a couple of dahlias bloomed. This is a favorite and I love the many views.
Anemones are non-stop in the shade.
Colchicum ‘ Waterlily’ adds special beauty to beds in the fall. And the bees are going crazy swarming all over this flower.
‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea are living up to their name and producing new flowers extending the summer into the fall.
New York asters show no signs of fading as they are growing all over the garden. And they are keeping the monarchs here in my garden. They practically live on these flowers all day with other butterflies and pollinators.
October is showing off some mighty fine foliage in my garden so I am joining with Pam@Digging for her Foliage Follow Up on the 16th, and Christina@Creating my own garden of the Hesperides for her Garden Bloggers Foliage Day on the 22nd.
Peony foliage is left standing in my garden even after the blooms have been long gone just so I can look at its wonderful foliage in fall.
Zebra grass is all aglow as autumn’s dawn light hangs low in the sky.
Oakleaf hydrangeas are on fire in fall. They certainly make my heart skip a beat.
And can you believe many of the lavenders are still growing and blooming in mid October. This beauty was a small starter that has tripled in size already this year.
As I end this glorious bloom day, enjoy the fall colors of Weigela My Monet ‘Sunset’.
Next up on the blog: Monday I will be reviewing a great Garden Book about pollinators.
I wrote a guest post over at Vision and Verb. I hope you will visit this wonderful website of women writers.
I am linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my next post on the 15th.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
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