Today’s post comes from Erla Richards in Independence, Oregon:
My daughter, Kristen, stayed with me for over a week, helping me care for her dad. She is an early riser (unlike her mother), and she strolled through my yard at sunrise during the week and captured these vignettes of the garden.
Sunrise through a lawn sprinkler taken on a beautiful Monday morning.
As October began, these Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) leaves were beginning to color up.
A garden sculpture beautifully aged with moss.
A purple salvia (Salvia greggii, Zones 7–9 or as annual) blooms away as the season winds down.
The large leaves of Bergenia (Zones 3–8) will hold up all winter in mild climates, before showing off pink flowers in the spring.
A birdbath is ready to welcome feathered visitors.
Moss can be an underappreciated feature in the landscape, but at its best it is lush, rich green, and surprisingly tolerant of less-than ideal conditions. (Check out our article on using moss in the landscape.)
A bench wrapped in the lush growth of the garden is still a charming place to sit and enjoy the beauty.
The bark of a birch (Betula sp. Zones 3–7) frames an incredible view of the landscape beyond.
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