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On the Cusp of Autumn

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Fall is officially toying with central New Jersey! Enjoy these photos from John Markowski, the 'Obsessive Neurotic Gardener' from the garden state! 

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  1. PerenniallyCrazy 09/17/2015

    Glad you're back John. Autumn is not complete without seeing photos of your garden. Yours remain to be one of the best autumn gardens I've seen. Thank you.

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      You are too kind, thank you!

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    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      Thank you!

  3. user-4691082 09/17/2015

    I think of "amber waves of grain" when I see your garden. Thanks for sharing from the garden state!

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      My pleasure Rhonda!

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    HelloFromMD 09/17/2015

    Hey John, my favorite is the last one of the Panicum. Have you tried to grow Molinia? Years ago my neighbor had Molinia 'Transparent'. It was spectacular. I see 'Sky Racer' all the time, but it can't hold a candle to the other cultivar. Haven't found a source for it. I took a tour of Kurt Bluemel' nursery in Baldwin MD years ago with the master gardeners. Definitely worth a trip for ornamental grass fans! He's still in business and has a nice website. Love your podcasts.

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      I have two different Molinia - 'Skyracer' and 'Cordoba'. Both look good so far but need some more time to develop fully. I am all over 'Transparent' now, thanks for the tip!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/17/2015

    You've definitely nailed the autumn garden, John. Beautiful. Piet Oudolf would be envious.

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      Comment means a ton Tim, thanks so much.

  6. greengenes 09/17/2015

    Beautiful to see this morning since it seems to feel like fall! We only have a few more days left of summer. What a wonderful world of grass and a natural style planting you have created! Love it! Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      Always a pleasure to share. Thank you for the kind words.

  7. GrannyMay 09/17/2015

    Beautiful, John! Love your blog too.

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      Thanks as always for the compliment!

  8. GrannyCC 09/17/2015

    What wonderful soft colours and you can almost hear the soft grasses blowing in the wind.

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      Those breezes are to die for. Thank you.

  9. wGardens 09/17/2015

    Great specimens! Think we need more photos :-) !!

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      How about 2 more.

      1. wGardens 09/17/2015

        Wonderful! Thank you!! What is the plant (purple berries) in the second photo?

        1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

          That is the branch of a crabapple tree.

  10. Meelianthus 09/17/2015

    Every photo takes your breath away! The structure, the colors, the breeze that you can almost feel. Really beautiful. Thank you John

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      Thank you!!

  11. Clarkpark 09/17/2015

    John, your Blog is wonderful! I took your expert advice about the principle of "Repetition" in garden design. I took out some perrenials and added more Caryopteris. The garden now flows much better and is more attractive. Thanks for sharing??

    1. jmarkowski 09/17/2015

      Thanks so much Patricia! I think I finally grasped the idea of repetition this year and put it into action. Took me long enough.

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    meander_michaele 09/18/2015

    Hi, John, I'm off on a road trip and it feels strange for me the the last guest to arrive at the party. You know what a huge fan I am of your garden regardless of the season but, without a doubt, your fall grasses and other muted colored plants are in a class to beguilingly beautiful. Love those delicate burgundy hues in your panicum rots.

  13. CJgardens 09/18/2015

    John, I've also been following your blog since the last time you shared photos; I enjoy it very much. Your posts about spring training camp with your son were very heart warming. Good luck with your current situation. cj

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