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Treasures in the November Garden

Finding beauty at the end of the year

Today’s photos come from Carla Zambelli Mudry, who is celebrating the end of the year in her garden. (To see Carla’s garden in warmer times, click here.)

The November garden is spectacular in its own right. The bright blooms of summer might be gone, but the fiery glory of late autumn waiting for winter is a magnificent display all on its own. I took some photos over the past couple of days and thought I would share them with you.

Notable things: the fall witch hazels have started blooming, and my Sochi tea plant is still producing lovely white flowers.

I have learned over the past few years of the sheer beauty of each season if you let it happen.

In my woodland gardens, I think fall is one of their best seasons because you completely see the amazing range of fall colors getting ready to make way for the winter garden, which is different yet again.

Happy almost Thanksgiving!

The flaming colors of autumn foliage send off the gardening year with a bang.

The spidery yellow blooms of the common witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana, Zones 3–8). This autumn-blooming species is native over a wide swath of eastern North America and blooms in the fall, unlike the winter- and spring-blooming species from Asia.

Another view of the delicate, yellow, fall witch-hazel blooms.

Sochi tea (Camellia sinensis ‘Sochi’, Zones 7–10). This is one of the most cold-hardy selections of the tea plant, and while the leaves can be harvested and dried to make green or black tea, the beautiful white blooms in late autumn are reason enough to grow this plant even if you aren’t a tea drinker.

The leaves are changing and dropping, revealing the structure of tree branches against the sky.

Golden fall leaves, backlit by autumn sunshine.

Even after most of the blooms have faded in the garden, the sky, clouds, and trees always create a beautiful picture.


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    treasuresmom 11/19/2018

    Oh my, what gorgeous fall colors. I too have Camellia sinensis & it is covered in blooms as yours is. Thanks for sharing.

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    meander_michaele 11/19/2018

    Hi, Carla. I not only enjoyed your GPOD sharing from today but revisiting your earlier submission as well. I share your enthusiasm for the autumn garden. I feel my senses are more heightened to appreciate the subtle as well as flamboyant goodbyes for now of my plants. Your photos are lovely and certainly capture some of the things that make fall so special.

  3. paiya 11/19/2018

    Carla your garden is glorious and is heightened by your appreciation of each aspect, such as the bare branches. We learned from Japanese friends that the fallen leaves on the lawn make a beautiful carpet and the swaying of the grasses’ plumes are ethereal

  4. [email protected] 11/19/2018

    Spectacular! Thanks!

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