Today’s photos are from Jay Sifford down in Charlotte, North Carolina (visit pevious posts from Jay HERE.) Jay says, “Fall is undoubtedly my favorite time in my garden. The flowers are gone, making way for a spectacular display of foliage before it gives way to a very structural winter garden. But, for a short while, the foliage dances with the conifers one last time. It’s magical. My garden has evolved greatly over the last two or three years. With the addition of almost 100 new conifers and 40 Japanese maples, there is now more year-round structure and interest than ever before. Additionally, I have purchased several wonderful pieces of garden sculpture to create unexpected focal points throughout the stroll garden. This summer we built a Japanese-style yatsuhashi boardwalk that is quickly becoming my favorite area of the garden. I am in the process of planting 500 1-gallon ferns to create a fern glen radiating out from the creek on either side. Thankfully the ferns are virtually immune to damage from the four deer who live in that part of the garden. I have also added 30 ‘Cardinal’ twig dogwoods and some prostrate and weeping hemlocks for winter interest. For my birthday this year I treated myself to a 5-foot set of wind chimes that hang over the boardwalk, strung between two large poplars. When the deck wood cures I will stain it a Chinese red.” Wow, Jay, everything looks amazing! We definietly need to see winter shots in a while, and what all these changes do to the garden in spring. Check back in often! I cannot wait to see that awesome deck in red….
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