Do not dismiss the dying foliage of the perennials as somehow abhorrent, something that should be cleared away because it spoils the view.
There is still great beauty in the leaves as they lose the chlorophyll. Color and texture add interest, as it is nature’s way of everything to its season.
No thing is young and fresh forever, but every stage of life glows from within.
Perhaps a wee bit of squinting is needed to see that past its prime does not equal without value.
Some might even say the interest is even more spectacular.
There is depth of meaning beyond mere mortal comprehension in the process.
Second by second, minutes to hours to days to weeks, the only constant is change.
Those not busy being born, are busy dying. [To paraphrase Bob Dylan’s]
So open your eyes…
…And see the changes surrounding us for what they are…
Every fall inspires us to wax poetic about the meaning of it all, the beauty of decay and degradation in the garden and elsewhere. The first post can be seen by clicking here-Dying Well. What was written last year can be seen by clicking here-Dying Well-Aging Attractively.
1. Variegated Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum odoratum var. thunbergii
2. Hosta ‘Sunpower’
3. Blackberry Lily, Belamcanda chinensis
4. Daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Pandora’s Box’
5. Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Kopper King’
6. Amsonia hubrichtii
7. Yellow Button Mum, name unknown
8. Balloon Flower, Platycodon grandiflorus
9. Lilium ‘Tango Crossover’
10. Lilium ‘Royal Fantasy’
11. Kitty, master of the Fairegarden