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A Long Carolina Fall

Pink Muhly grass

If a season has to run long, fall is the one to pick! Ellen Kirby shares the beauty of her fall garden.

Attached are a series of photos from my garden this fall.  Fall in our part of NC has been long lasting this year.  From September through December we have beautiful colors in the trees.  The garden seems to be the same.  We are now getting some hard freezes so most annuals are looking pretty ragged.

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Azalea 'Sangria'

Castor Bean Leaf

Hydrangea 'Limelight' and Miscanthus 'Morning Light'

Moss which grew in cracks between stone path

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  1. diane_lasauce 12/07/2015

    Lovely stroll, Ellen.

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    meander_michaele 12/07/2015

    You definitely got my attention with your first picture, Ellen, showcasing one of my fall garden favorites...for me, the glowing pink froth of a healthy clump of muhly grass makes my heart sing! I am curious about the plant in your last photo...I feel like I have seen it recently offered in a nursery and it's some variety of a mahonia? Yes or no? and do you remember it's specific name?

    1. user-2077552 12/07/2015

      Looks like Mahonia Soft Caress.

  3. annek 12/07/2015

    That beautiful, serene seating area with the blue chairs made me want to amble right over and visit. Love your garden!

  4. NCYarden 12/07/2015

    Completely agree...Fall should most definitely be a long season. We have been very fortunate this year here in NC with a most pleasant Autumn. A much needed reprieve from the Summer. What part of NC are you in? Love that white pine in pic 7 - Gimborn's Ideal, maybe? The more ornamental white pines can be so finicky in our climate sometimes, I'm happy when I see one doing so well. And you give me hope with the Hakone grass, which I have not been very successful with yet. Your clumps look great. Beautiful garden. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/07/2015

      I just scrolled through the photos and thought to myself: I hope David sees the Hakone grass and feels hopeful!

      1. NCYarden 12/07/2015

        Haha. We've not yet formally met, Tim, and you know me quite well already. Nice.
        I was doing some stone work on my patio area this week and my 2 little Hakone transfers are hanging in there. Funny too because Christine was looking at their still pathetic appearance and said, "Should I just go ahead and yank these?" My reaction was visceral with a quick "nooooo." I've come too far to give up now. There is hope and it grew a little more today.

        1. VikkiVA 12/07/2015

          David - patience will pay off in the form of the Japanese Forest grass. My transplanted volunteers look a little better each year. :) Vikki in VA

          1. NCYarden 12/07/2015

            Awesome. Thanks for the encouragement, Vikki. I've got the patience, so we'll see...

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/07/2015

    Thanks for sharing photos of your great garden. Love the muhly grass and the Mahonia. If it is what I think it is (and Polly has suggested below), it's the one Mahonia I would love to have and it isn't hardy enough. If you know the name, do share. Your blue chairs look so invited and I'm a big fan of moss between pavers and stones. Beautiful!

  6. user-4691082 12/07/2015

    The pink muhly grass is placed so well Ellen. It seems like an elegant focal point. Definitely one of the best placements I've seen. Now I have to find a place for one! I wish that mahonia was hardy in my area?, but us folks in 6b will have to search for something else! Great job!

  7. GrannyMay 12/07/2015

    Lovely fall garden, Ellen! Ah, that pink Muhly grass! I do wish I had moss growing between my flagstones, it looks so wonderfully ancient.

  8. GrannyCC 12/07/2015

    Beautiful Ellen. So nice to see the lovely Fall colours as we are being hammerd with one rain storm after another.

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    gringopeligroso 12/07/2015

    LOVE your captures of the Grasses with the Crepe Myrtles!! We can and DO grow Crepes here on this North side of the Red River, but they don't become as majestic with their particular and unique trunks and branching. I've lived and worked in Texas a couple (few?) times and I miss the architectural statement these trees acquire in that more southerly clime. Thanx for sharing, and like y'all, Winter seems to be holding back for a while longer here, too. Taking advantage of the present conditions and planting the last of the on-sale daffs and mini iris'!

  10. VikkiVA 12/07/2015

    I'm about 7 miles north of the south eastern border of NC and I can vouch for this beautiful fall weather we have had. I still have geraniums in bloom that endured a mild frost in a protected spot. Enjoyed seeing your ornamental grasses as I have Muhly and Morning Light also. I'm not a fan of the common Mahonia but if that is a Mahonia in your last picture I love it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful landscape. Vikki in VA

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    LindaonWhidbey 12/07/2015

    Lovely photos, Ellen. Those chairs look very inviting, especially now when the mosquitos have probably subsided. I had to laugh at the Hakone grass discussion in previous comments. Those are my babies that I've nursed along and just when I thought I'd finally saved them from my husband yanking them out, the rabbits came and ate them to the ground. I haven't given up. I was guessing Mahonia on that last photo since I just saw some in a nursery and thought that I'd like to have that kind instead of the ones that try to hurt me.

  12. wGardens 12/07/2015

    That pink Muhly grass sure is a stunner! And, of course, I love the moss growing between the stone pavers. Wonderful Mahonia as well!

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