The Long Views


As the Fairegarden passes by the seasonal signpost into autumn, the tapestry of soil dwelling treasures is weaving together its ever changing patterns.


The sun rises on the Gravel Garden for the grand finale. Highlighted is Aster tataricus ‘Jin Dai’.


The swelling seedpods of the Formosa lily, Lilium formosanum will soon split open to reveal the precious papery thin parcels inside. These will be sown in a protected place and covered with chickenwire while we wait for Nature’s gift of germination. Patience is needed, but someday the white late blooming lilies will be numerous in this spot.


Looking through the veil of tall perennials and grasses to the blue chairs and beyond to the woodland section, the garden peruser is drawn ever onward.


The woodland plantings of hydrangeas, deciduous azaleas, ferns, Joe Pye weed and variegated Solomon’s seal are Fading Faire, (yes, it’s a link). The Hellebores will remain evergreen and bloom in late winter.


The garage steps lead past hypertufa projects, glass art and upward to the higher elevations.


The Japanese maples that flank either side of the pond are explosions of brilliance. Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Garnet’ and….


….Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ are ablaze, backed from on high by the startlingly pink muhly, Muhlenbergia capillaris.


Dog fennel, Eupatorium capillofolium sentries stand erect with the help of metal obelisks on either side of the shed. Eryngium yuccifolium seed pods add texture, color and architectural interest even long after the flowers have faded.


Long views of the kaleidoscopic kind form new patterns of design and color with the lowering luminescense as days shorten.

Frances

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21 Responses to The Long Views

  1. Beautiful Garden! I love my pink muhly grass, too. I’m also admiring your cobalt blue (one of my favorite colors) bottle tree.

    Hi BG, thanks. The pink muhly grass is always a favorite this time of year. I am glad to hear you have some, too. It should be more widely grown, is my humble opinion, where it is hardy. The bottle tree is such a good color splash. I would like to redo mine, or maybe make another one with a bit more flare.
    Frances

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I like the term ‘soil dwellers’. I always think of plants as my soil dwelling friends. You captured your garden in the perfect autumn light. Simply beautiful. Have a great week.

    Hi Lisa, thanks for dropping by. The fall has been exceptional, or maybe every fall is that. The best is yet to come when the sheffies and their relatives open. You too, have a great week, my dear.
    Frances

  3. Layanee says:

    How has this season change happened so quickly? Every year, fall seems to come more rapidly. Your garden is wearing its fall robes brilliantly.

    Hi Layanee, thanks for stopping by. It seems early, the fall changing, but then it is October, so it is right on schedule. It looks to be a good show this year.
    Frances

  4. balisha says:

    It’s all so beautiful…even as time in the garden is dwindling.
    Balisha

    Hi Balisha, thanks for visiting. The days are dwindling, but these are some of the most beautiful times of all. Clear blue skies, no mosquitoes, vivid colors, cooler temps and rain. I love it all.
    Frances

  5. Sigh, I echo Layanee’s sentiments about how it seems too soon for fall splendor but then, again, as you pointed out , it is past the first week of Oct. Why do I get caught by surprise every year? The branching of your Crimson Queen is perfection…a most lovely example of living art.

    Hi Michaele, thanks for stopping by. The Japanese maples are looking good this year. Some years the pruning is a little off. This time we got it closer to right. The contrast of bark to leaves when backlit is breathtaking. The daylight is getting more scarce now, that is the part of fall and winter that I dislike. We must enjoy it while we can.
    Frances

  6. Dee says:

    I just don’t think you can beat muhley and maples. No way.

    I agree, Dee. They go so well together in fall. Add in the dogwoods and sheffies and wowee!!!
    Frances

  7. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Oh, to have such views in fall! I want to come back to visit so I can see it up close and personal!

    I would love for you to see it, Cindy! It is joyful!
    Frances

  8. That pink muhly is wonderful, sadly I think it is not hardy in my area.

    Thanks for stopping by, Garden IAC. The muhly is hardy in zones 6b? and southward, but I have a friend who grows it in a very protected and well drained sunny spot in zone 5 in Northeast Pennsylvania, so who knows?
    Frances

  9. Catherine says:

    Beautiful! Love seeing your garden in fall. Even though so much is finishing, sometimes I think it’s the prettiest time in the garden.

    Hi Catherine, thanks. In my garden, fall is much prettier than late summer. I think the changing foliage of trees and shrubs, and most everything adds to the beauty, not to mention the lower angle of the sun.
    Frances

  10. Lola says:

    Even as the Autumn light dwindles it shows the beauty of your garden even more. A heaven for all to see.

    Thanks Lola, you are sweet, as always. The lower light is much kinder to the garden views, absolutely.
    Frances

  11. Your Japanese maples are looking great. I wish that they could tough out my zone 3 climate, as they would be perfect in my shady areas. Your little woodland plantings are doing fairly well for it being so late in the season. My solomons seal are fading like the lily of the valley..

    There are lots of nice texture and colour combinations in your fall garden.

    Hi Shade, thanks. While the Japanese maples might not work for you, the Harry Lauder’s walking stick will. It doesn’t like our hot summers and I adore it. Fall is about color and texture, isn’t it?
    Frances

  12. gail says:

    These views make me happy…and your Japanese Maples are delicious. You are a master pruner. xoxogail

    Thanks Gail. The views are very pleasant this year. All those hours of work and thought going into trying to make it more pleasing are beginning to pay off. Good thing because I am about worn out! My pruning is erratic, at best. More maniacal than masterful, but thanks!
    xoxoxo
    Frances

  13. Sometimes we need reminding how beautiful the light behind the garden stars draw us into faire land. Thank you for your beautiful photos!

    Hi Shenandoah, thanks for those poetic words. I appreciate you!
    Frances

  14. Kate Maryon says:

    Your garden is beautiful even this time of year and brought to life with the wonderful descriptive way you write… I am a newly converted lover of ornamental grasses and your Muly grass is one I don’t have but would love!
    Did you make the Tufa items? Thats a project Im looking to do over the winter months…
    Mermaid-at-Frog-Hollow

    Hi Kate, thanks and welcome! I appreciate those kind words and can’t say enough good things about ornamental grasses. They make a garden come alive with movement and texture and are so long lasting, well into winter for some of them. I did make the tufa items. Here is a post about it: How To Make Hypertufa Balls.
    Frances

  15. indygardener says:

    So pretty. Thank you for sharing your garden with us in the early morning light. Inspirational!

    Thanks Carol. I love sharing the garden, I wish everyone could see it in person, my photos don’t do it justice.
    Frances

  16. sharon says:

    a feast for the eyes….you can never get tired of this place….i just adore the pink grass and those maple can’t even imagine how great to be there in person

    Thanks Sharon. I don’t ever tire of the garden, looking at it or being in it or even looking at photos of it. It is much better in person.
    Frances

  17. It is beautiful. Good luck sowing and germinating those lilies.

    Thanks Kathy. I have had good luck with the sowing of lily seeds before. They want to grow.
    Frances

  18. Rose says:

    I love to see how the garden changes through the seasons. Yours looks as lovely in autumn as it did in spring!

    Thanks Rose. Spring and fall are the best times for my garden. Summer is just so hot and dry, and since I don’t irrigate, many plants are not their best, if alive at all. Survival is all we are looking for then. Rains are better in spring and fall, and lots in winter, too. I like that the garden changes.
    Frances

  19. commonweeder says:

    You have such an ever- changing panorama – right outside your window. Just spectacular.

    Thanks for visiting, Pat. That’s the wonderful thing about gardens, they are always changing. Fall is exciting!
    Frances

  20. The colors of fall are just beautiful. I would love to be able to grow that pink grass but we are not warm enough yet!

    Eileen

    Hi Eileen, thanks for visiting. Fall is decadence, color blending, leaf falling, final flowers blooming. I admit to loving it. Hang on, the weather might enable you to grow that muhly yet!
    Frances

  21. Elizabeth McLeod says:

    Everything is splendid in your garden. I too enjoy sea holly when its dried. That maple tree is brilliant…what a burst of color it provides. Enjoy and be grateful for your garden of beauty!

    Thanks Elizabeth. Fall is a wonderful time here, lots of swirling colors as the garden fades.
    Frances

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