Kevin Kelly does indeed have a favorite of the four gardening seasons, as shown in these fabulous fall photos!
"Today was a beautiful day in Harrisburg, PA. As I was taking apart my fountains (I have 5 that I store for the winter), I couldn’t help but take a few more photos of my garden. I strive hard to create a four season garden, but I must admit I love fall the best. I leave most of my perennials up though the winter. The leaves stay in the beds, and I shred leaves that are on the lawn. My neighbors laugh as I am frequently seen carrying away the leaves they rake to the curb, to shred for leaf compost. Hope you enjoy the pictures."
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Such captivating pictures, Kevin...it doesn't take a sumptuously large and lush flower blossom to communicate nature's beauty. These humble leaves, backlit by the sun, are like stunning stained glass works of art. I share your love for autumn. Thanks so much for sharing.
Well said, Meander1, I totally agree.
So true. There is so much beauty in nature and the changing seasons. Sometimes, we can get so busy and not notice. My love of photography helps to focus on small details. Thanks for the kind remarks.
Hey, Kevin! Great to see more shots of your garden. Love your plant collection. Thanks for the shot of 'Blue Shadow'-since it is already on my must-have list, I might just have to add a few stars next to it on the list. Great shot of the oak leaf hydrangea. I've got one dud slated for demolition in spring, but two others that are coloring up beautifully. Autumn seems to be really taking her time here in Ohio (and I'm assuming PA, too) and I'm okay with that!
Last weekend was just so beautiful, I couldn't resist sending more photos. I had remembered in another post that you were looking at 'Blue Shadow', which is why I included that photo. I have only had it 2 full seasons. It is terrific year round.
Autumn has been slow, and it is cool to see plants just achieving peak fall color now.
Much obliged for the Fothergilla photo!
Great pictures, Kevin! I can feel the crispness in the air with the cooler heat of the shortened sunshine. Isnt it a wonderful time of the year! It sure is coloring up at your gardens! That is good that you are using the leaves. I collect them too from the neighbors and dump them on an area that needs more soil. Soon I will be able to work this area for new plantings. Its so good to always stay busy. It seems like there is always something to do in every season! Thanks for a glimpse of your garden!
Thanks. I stopped using fertilizer on the plants (except annual), and only use leaf compost. I have done soil testing, and have had great results.
Hi Kevin. Fall is so wonderful and these warm colors from your garden are an exclamation point on the season.These photos will probably make my wife long for her home in back in Harrisburg herself, especially since Autumn displays can be spotty here in NC piedmont depending on the severity of the (nasty) summers. Love the vibrance of that Japanese maple. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for the kind remarks. I hope Autumn lasts awhile as I can't stand winter (after about 4 weeks)
I'm a big fan of leaf mold. Do you spread yours as soon as you shred it or do you let it 'cook' for a period first?
I spread about half around the garden beds and lawn now (freshly shredded), and let the rest cook until late May. Seems to work for me.
Very nice. It just re-enforces the fact that I NEED Epimedium! Thanks for sharing!
Yes. I have about 12 different cultivars of epimedium. So great for dry shade. Slow to spread, but such a great ground cover.
Do you have any particular favorites?
epimedium x rubrum was my first, and is a dependable workhorse. 'Sandy Claws' is rare and so cool. Chocolate brown leaves in the spring with creamy yellow flowers,
'Frohnleiten' is easy to find (some think it is the same as 'Sulphureum' has a nice multicolored leaf with yellow flowers.
Epimedium zhushanense is very rare and has cool spiny leaves, with awesome purple-pink flowers.
I mail order the cool, rarer ones from Plant Delights.
Thanks so much Kevin; I appreciate your knowledge and willingness to share! I will check "Plant Delights' web site!
I'm trying to arrange a trip to Plant Delights to see the Juniper Level Botanic Garden and the nursery first hand on one of their open days. Tony Avent grows some great, great plants. Not all of the cool nurseries are on the west coast!
Speaking of the west coast, have you ever checked out Edelweiss Perennials online? Lots of Epimendiums and cool plants. Back to the east coast, have you ordered from Darrell Probst at Garden Visions? Such amazing Epimediums. I haven't ordered from them yet. Their lack of online ordering gets in the way of my impulse-buying!
yes, please tell. I have 6, and they are such great, interesting plants: Kaguyahime, Domino, Sandy Claws, Bandit, Black sea, and Purple Heart.
Your first picture, October Glory, and the last, Japanese Maple are breathtaking. Thanks for these beautiful reflections of the season.
Thanks. I love to see leaves backlit by the sun.
Kevin, I don't think anyone would question why you love Fall after looking at these photos. The depth of warm tones in the leaves of your plantings, high and low, are simply spectacular. Enjoy the fleeting beauty while it lasts!
Thanks. Fall has arrived in stages, and the colors have been terrific over the past 6 weeks. I have been loving it.
Kevin, love the photos! Thanks for sharing!
I also share your live of fall, Kevin, and it looks like you get a spectacular show in your yard. It's not quite as showy here in western WA so thanks for sharing.
You certainly have proven Kevin that the Fall garden is truly a place of beauty. All of the colors are just so stunning! What a joy for you to take in before all of the leaves are gone for another year. Thank you
Thanks for the kind remarks. Autumn is such a great time to rejuvenate us after the summer heat. I love all the colors of fall.
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