The day is rainy but not dark. It is bright even without the megawatts of the sun. The leaves and blades have been cleansed and are showing their true colors.The muhly grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris has entered the purple bruise stage. Weighted while wet it still maintains a presence in the landscape.Fall is proudly showing its richness of hue.Bent but not broken the taller plants bow to the weather only momentarily.The threadmaster has woven the tapestry with moody dark shades as the growing season begins its end.There are still stragglers with young buds but they are few.The verdant foliage is giving way to the kaleidoscope beneath the chlorophyll.Brilliant blasts from late season fireworks add to the majesty of the scene.Gardens in miniature join in the parade.Beauty abounds.

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38 Responses to Tapestry

  1. Linda says:

    I have only one word to say….
    Just Lovely!

    Hi Linda, thanks. I am so happy to see you are back to your enthusiastic self. ;->

  2. Titania says:

    Your rainy and changing garden still looks a treat. The pink grass is like a pink veil and one can feel its feathery lightness. I wonder if this grass would grow in my garden? I have also a few grasses growing. Grasses are such a great addition to any garden.

    Hi Titania, thanks. I agree that grasses enhance any and all gardens. We grow lots of them and I love them all. I do think you could grow the muhly, it is native to the sandy shores of the southeast US. It is worth the search.

  3. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Rain is such a blessing in our garden as well. I love the muhly grass.

    Hi Donna, thanks. We got less than an inch but are thankful for that.

  4. Sylvia (England) says:

    Lovely photos, Frances. Your garden looks lovely in the rain or sun. As usual I love your muhly grass, I would love to buy this, if I can ever find it for sale in the UK!

    best wishes Sylvia (England)

    Hi Sylvia, thanks. We have been so dry that the rain is like diamonds falling from the sky here. Let your nurseries know that you want that muhly, demand may spark availability. ;->

  5. Tyra says:

    Beautiful as always, your tapestry make me think of Renoir and Kaffe Fasset!

    Hi Tyra, thanks so much. I had never heard of Karre Fasset and when I did a google search and found Glorious Color, I needed to shield my eyes from the sight! He is a master of color. Thanks for teaching me something new today. Renoir I knew. ;->

  6. linda says:

    Glad you got some rain Frances! That muhly grass is gorgeous, wish it was hardy here. Your gardens look beautiful in their early autumn attire!

    Hi Linda, thanks. The fall colors are just beginning here and I am paying more attention to them now that the blog is hungry for seasonal treats. I didn’t use to pay that much attention to it other than dealing with the falling maple leaves, although occasionally I would look up and see how beautiful it was. ;->

  7. Cameron says:

    Beautiful scenes and such descriptive words. Cameron

    Hi Cameron, thanks. The rain brings out the brilliance of the colors in the fall.

  8. Randy says:

    Everything looks so much more vibrant after a rain. Nothing makes plants grow like water from the heavens. You can irrigate all you want but it’s just not the same. Maybe we should all drink a shot of rain water every now and then.

    Hi Randy, so true. I like that, a shot a rainwater. Let’s line up the glasses to catch that precious stuff.

  9. Gail says:

    Hey there Frances. The garden looks wonderful all decked out in her fall beauty. I am very glad to hear the rains made its way over the mountains to Faire Garden. It has perked up all our spirits along the way. Btw, your miniature Faire Garden looks absolutely delightful. Gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. We had just under one inch, less than our surrounding areas but we’ll take it. I am going out to dig and spread some plants around that have been waiting all summer to be moved and divided.

  10. Kim says:

    As I get older and think about how grateful I am for our almost flat lot, I see your beautiful slopes and think “I WANT.” I think your last statement captured the whole post – “Beauty abounds.” Indeed it does in your garden, and it behooves us to get out and see just how beautiful fall can be. Thank you for reminding us today.

    Hi Kim, thanks. Age has made me want some flat land, but the slope really does look stunning right now, and always actually. We should all enjoy the season, good idea.

  11. Webradio says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL garden !
    Very, very nice photos…

    Hi Webradio, thanks and welcome. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

  12. Let there be pink grass, loads and loads of pink muhly grass. And there was, and it was good. Will you weave a little tapestry of muhly grass that i can hang on the wall, pretty please with mulch on top? 😉

    Hi YE, that is a good one, and it is good. It has taken eight years for it to look like this too, it needs to be planted en masse which means lots of dividing, lots of death from dividing it at the wrong time and lots of waiting. I wish that I had the skill to weave a tapestry for real, for I much admire that art. The best I can do for you is suggest that you keep you eye out for a nursery that carries the muhly. Ask for it and tell them to get some, they should be able to, Wayside is offerering it here in the US.

  13. The weaver has done a beautiful job.
    I especially like your trough with the miniature landscape scene in it.

    Hi Shade, thanks but I am just the planter, the weaver is Mother Nature, she is a master. The little troughs, I have two like that bring much delight here also.

  14. Robin says:

    I love to see garden pictures when it is still overcast after a rain. They are the best! Your brilliant fall color shows beautifully in these pictures.

    Hi Robin, thanks. I was able to run outside with the camera for some quick snaps between waves of rain yesterday. It seemed so bright and the colors were shining.

  15. Marnie says:

    Frances, your pictures are so beautiful. What is the low growing blue foliage in the third photo. My old eyes don’t see detail like they used to;) That pink grass continues to charm me. It doesn’t seem fair that colder zones can’t enjoy it;)

    Hi Marnie, thanks. That is blue star juniper. They have been planted extensively here in front and in back. That blue color is so wonderful and enhances everything around it. They stay low and compact, about eighteen inches high by two feet wide after many years even. All of the photos will enlarge, too much really, when clicked. I like wordpress for the larger photos, but to get them this size when clicked they are huge, but you can still scroll around to see something if you want to. So sorry about the muhly, maybe someday the global warming will allow it to grow for you. ;->

  16. Dave says:

    Tapestry is the perfect word. I the muhly grass draping toward the camera is a perfect picture!

    Hi Dave, thanks. The muhly used to disappoint me when wet, now I see it still has a different kind of beauty then.

  17. Racquel says:

    Your tapestry of colors & textures in your garden is quite lovely Frances. I love the way a garden looks after a good rainfall, alive & fresh again.

    Hi Racquel, thanks. The garden is so happy now that it has had a drink. Every leaf is singing.

  18. tina says:

    It is just so beautiful. I was thinking looking at these fall pictures just how much Fairegarden changes throughout the seasons and we on here get to see it all. That side yard and miniature garden are so awesome! Love all the colors.

    Hi Tina, thanks. Before I started blogging it was so different for my too. I did notice thiings, but not the same as taking pictures every day and analyzing what is happening and trying to write about it. It makes me appreciate how lucky I am to live in such a place where things grow so well.

  19. nancybond says:

    Your garden is always lovely, no matter the weather. And I still sigh when I see that muhly grass! Beautiful!

    Hi Nancy, thanks. I’ll bet you could take some really good photos of my garden. There will be more shots of the muhly as it fades, it is still pretty then, but in a more subtle way.

  20. ourfriendben says:

    Wow, Frances! I didn’t think your muhly grass could look any more spectacular, but these photos have proved me wrong. And your trough garden!!! Oh, drool…

    Hi OFB, thanks. The muhly is on the downhill slide, but is still eye catching. Having so much of it is the key, it is most handsome when massed. I love the trough gardens too, they are fun to fool with.

  21. skeeter says:

    This late in the season and you still have such beauty surrounding you! Your Japanese maple looks so much happier then our two. They did not get the water they should have had this summer so they a bit dried looking. We had 3 inches of wonderful rainfall yesterday so maybe they will perk up a bit and show me some beautiful colors soon. The muhly grass continues to glow, ah, what a sight indeed! I can see from my window that my butterfly bushes are all laying over with the weight of the rainfall… arggg…

    Hi Skeeter, we still have lots of nice weather left. I have watered the Japanese maples after losing so many last year. They will turn much more red as it gets colder, they are just starting to turn now. Your bushes should perk back up, but that is one advantage to the standards, they don’t have as much weight to them and are staked to hold them upright, like the hydrangeas.


  22. Chloe.M says:

    Loved the phrase “Threadmaster” – so very apt.

    And your garden is rich and colorful indeed.

    Chloe M.

    Hi Chloe, thanks, I am loving the color at the moment and the rain made it even more brilliant. But our leaves are just barely started turning, I am looking forward to their peak in a couple of weeks.


  23. lisa at greenbow says:

    It is just amazing what a good drink of water can do for the garden. Your garden looks great Frances.

    Hi Lisa, so true. We got less than eveyone around us, just under an inch, but it was slow and steady and did soak in. I did some dividing and moving around of stuff today that had been waiting for months to be done. Thanks for the kind words.

  24. lisa at greenbow says:

    P.S. Love the minature garden too. It inspires me to do something similar.

    Hi again Lisa, you should make one, it is fun to experiment with what works. Rocks are a must. The moss is really rocks covered with moss that I collected along the roadside and stuck in there. I think they hold the moisture in, for I don’t water the troughs much at all and they do fine.

  25. Barbarapc says:

    What fun, I could hardly wait to see the next photo and read your prose. Nothing like a walk about the garden after the rain – so good I swear my feet felt damp.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, that is such a nice thing to say. It was good to get wet feet after such a long dry spell, it’s true. Glad you got into the mood! ;->

  26. tina says:

    Frances, I forgot to ask if the orange mum is Sheffield? My Sheffield is getting ready to bloom and I am very excited!

    Hi Tina, no, the sheffie is behind the orange one, it will be a light peachy pink daisy flower with a yellow center. The orange is one of the three planted there last year from Lowe’s. I didn’t remember that it was that color LOL, but it will look fine with the peach sheffie.

  27. joey says:

    Indeed beauty abounds, Frances. Your waning garden still looks stunning. I’m coveting your muhly grass …

    Hi Joey, thanks. The muhly is worth coveting, it is having a good year.

  28. Shirl says:

    Oh Frances… I so love that muhly grass! It is wonderful to see you have so much room for it too 😀

    Your garden is a tapestry in every sense of the word. I think it is particularly beautiful at the moment. Mm… I know others have said this above but it is – it really is! Have a great weekend 😀

    Hi Shirl, thanks. I have been dividing and spreading that muhly for eight years. This is the first time it has looked this good too. It is not large like some of the miscanthus and other grasses either so can fit into tighter spaces. But it does look best en masse. I do think the colors are more intense after a nice rain like we had too, no wind or hard rain to break things down, just steady beneficial rain that we so desperately needed. You too enjoy your weekend.

  29. Rose says:

    A lovely post, Frances! It may be autumn, but your garden is alive with color. I can’t get enough of that pink Muhly grass:) Glad you finally received some rain, too.

    Hi Rose, thanks. The garden here will be colorful for several more weeks before winter finally settles in sometime in late December. Thanks for the rain wishes, the soil is so much happier now.

  30. Your garden is breathtaking! Belated congratulations on your blog award- it is well deserved. You are a true “eden maker” in so many ways.
    Shirley Bovshow

    Hi Shirley, thanks so much and welcome. I appreciate your calling me an eden maker ever more after reading your fine essay about how important that is!

  31. I loved seeing your Autumn beauty. Your words about the “purple bruise stage” were so lovely they made my heart squeeze in sympathy for the grass. No rain here, but we also have barely started turning. Strange to be in the same zone, but so different.~~Dee

    Hi Dee, thanks so much for that image of heart squeezing, I love it! But weep not for the grass, it has regal beauty in all stages. ;-> The leaves are turning fast here but the weather is warm right now. I know well the weather in OK, it is different here, maybe the closeness of the mountains affects us. We are in the foothills here and the elevation changes do affect the systems coming across from the west.


  32. commonweeder says:

    Your photos are always so gorgeous. Even on a day when I am not paying attention to what is going on in my garden, I visit here, and go home and realize anew what glory I have around me – a great deal of it provided by Mother Nature – not necessarily by my own hands.

    Hi Pat, thanks so much. Blogging and reading other’s blogs had made me look at my garden in a new way too. Everything is a wonder every day. What a gift!

  33. Nancy O says:

    Love your garden and your blog. You’ve inspired me to add pink muhly grass to an area that needed that extra something..I garden in Central KY…zone 6 and can “borrow” many of your ideas. Thank you!

    Hi Nancy O, thanks so much for the kind words. Glad you were able to add some muhly grass to your KY garden. Your area is very similar to ours and all ideas are available for borrowing!

  34. Anna says:

    I admire you greatly. I am just beginning with my new garden and I love to look for inspiration. I know I can find it when I come here. It’s simply and masterfully designed.

    Hi Anna, wow what kind words, thanks! You are welcome to come here for ideas and/or entertainment, that makes me very happy.

  35. marmee says:

    very wonderful , all the beautiful colours intermingling,we could learn a few things from the gardens choice of palattes.

    Hi Marmee, thanks and welcome. Glad to see you over at the alternative universe ;-> I love your header tabletop and also share your love of black! I am wondering how it is that blogging has made my SEE the garden in such a different way. Fall is a colorwheel of blending that I never saw in this light before, I agree, lots to learn from nature’s paintings.

  36. Phillip says:

    It is amazing what a little rain does for the garden! I find myself loving the fall season more and more with each passing year. I just love the colors this time of year.

    Hi Phillip, so true. The garden became happy with the rain and so did I. The colors are fantastic in the lowered light, beauty is everywhere.

  37. Debi says:

    Your pink muhly is stunning! Mine needs to be moved, I think. Probably not enough sun where they are. Gorgeous tapestry, Frances.

    Hi Debi, thanks. I think they muhly does best in full sun and not mixed in with too many other plants so it can show off at this time of year.

  38. kate says:

    The colours of your garden are truly spectacular.

    Hi Kate, thanks. I think it is going to be a good year, drought or no. The dogwoods have begun their show and have lots of reds and pinks and loads of red berries.

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