Today’s photos come from Barbara Owen.
I have been working in my eastern Massachusetts garden for over 50 years. The garden has evolved dramatically from the big trees and one peony plant that were here when my husband and I bought our house. Now most of our quarter-acre is garden: flowers borders, vegetables, a woods garden inspired by Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts, and some remaining areas of grass that my husband enjoys mowing with an ancient rotary motor. I used to call my garden a “teacher’s garden,” since I worked on it intensively through my summer vacation. Now that I’m retired, summer vacation can start as soon as the snow melts and continue until the ground freezes in the fall. My garden is definitely my happy place.
For this I looked for fall photos, which was a wonderful reason for me to review several years of September, October, and November garden photos. They are mostly close-ups, since I like to focus on images that are small enough or ordinary enough that we might forget to take notice of the beauty around us.
The essence of autumn: an abundant harvest from the vegetable garden.
Honeybees on ‘Stardust’ sedum (Sedum spectabile ‘Stardust’, Zones 3–9)
A bumblebee on red dahlia
A monarch butterfly on a zinnia (Zinnia elegans, annual). Monarchs need lots of nectar to fuel their long flight to Mexico each fall, so plants like these zinnias that keep flowering into fall are a great way to help them on their way.
Another monarch feeding on a zinnia flower
Frost on scarlet salvia (Salvia splendens, Zones 10–11 or as annual). First frost spells the end for many tender perennials and annuals, but it can do so with such beauty.
A frosted zinnia
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