Delicious autumn

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

I have always loved autumn, with its cooler temperatures and crisp golden days. There were many mornings this past week where walking in the garden felt magical, the low light sifting amber through the leaves. The flowers of PG Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ have turned a soft pink yet still play host to sleeping bumblebees.

The oak trees have been putting on a brilliant display this year, hung like jewels against vivid blue skies.

It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” ~Diana Gabaldon

But there was also a few foggy days that brought out the more subtle colors of autumn.(click on any photo to see the full size version)

Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. ~George Eliot

The leaves have been falling for days. I set my coffee cup down for a moment in order to take a photo and it was covered in leaves within moments.

The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground . . . ~George Eliot

The coleus and other annuals have became gigantic displays of warm color surrounding the house and deck

while a few roses bloom their last flowers of the season.

Pixie has been the real star of the garden this year, racing through the woods and tracking my every step through the garden, gracefully posing for the camera.

She is featured in a little film I made of the autumn garden, working her way into the path of the camera with ease.

The leaves continue to drift down, in a few days the trees will be bare and the ground covered. Until then, I celebrate the garden as it completes its final dramatic act of the season.

The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world’s oldest performance art . . . ~Shauna Niequist

(All text, photos, and video @2022 Lynn Emberg Purse, All Rights Reserved, except where noted.)


45 thoughts on “Delicious autumn

  1. There’s no question that fall color and those crisp, clear mornings are beautiful but…I really love the roses that keep on giving! 😉 That being said, the fog photos are lovely. And that first George Eliot quote is brilliant. Oh, the video! The video tour really gives a different sense of your garden – it feels bigger and I have a better sense of what a pleasure it would be to walk through it. I love the views from the deck and all the insects! And of course, Pixie. With her duckie. 🙂 You have made a very beautiful place, Lynn.

    • Thank you, Lynn. The garden’s lushness really extended late into the fall this year, helped by copious rain and mild weather. I was very proud of that video – it was my attempt to recreate what it feels like to walk through the garden, not just look at it. Interestingly, it struck a chord on YouTube – they picked it as a feature video on their Home Page and it has gotten over 10K views so far. Pixie is a movie star! Thanks as always for your insights; it is always rewarding to see everything from your point of view.

  2. Beautiful, Lynn. It is wonderful to visit the garden, hear a perfect score, drift through the paths via your beautiful filming and to meet Pixie! I shall watch it several more times! Thank you…

  3. Wonderful to see the seasonal progression in your garden haven. I caught the Gabaldon quote! I’m a fan of her book series, and find myself currently reading through them all again. It should keep me entertained for the winter months, and if I finish earlier, I’ll just start over!

  4. Lynn: Once again your blog musings have brought joy to these old eyes! What a delightfully beautiful garden you have now in the Fall, The blooming roses seem to be saying that all will be well and that things will be peaceful.. Take care, stay safe and be well. Have Peace!

  5. Lovely film -a last look before leaf fall. RSThomas’ poem is on my mind at present:

    Having looked up from the days chores, pause a minute,
    Let the mind take its photograph of the bright scene, something to wear
    A gainst the heart in the long cold. R SThomas

    • Thank you, Richard. I love this poem, I was not familiar with R.S. Thomas so I explored his work and loved the slightly off kilter placement of thoughts and rhythms. I was particularly taken with “Kneeling” – thank you for introducing me to such a wonderful poet.

  6. Yes, it has been an exquisite autumn…I enjoyed your artistic take on this vibrant season, which for me is always tinged with some melancholy, knowing what comes after. We have been biking the rail trails every week to see the changes. The witch hazel is in full bloom! As much as I would love to bring in a bouquet of my flowers, I am leaving them in place for remaining pollinators! Thanks for your beautiful images and quotes.

  7. This entire post is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your garden with us, Lynn. I can’t help but think about how much work goes into your garden. Beauty, well earned. ♥

  8. BEAUTIFUL!! I could not live where it’s always the same. Love the variety and beauty of the seasons. Your garden and this film are spectacular!

    • Nancy, thank you! I do love the seasons, even winter. This was a great year for the garden, perfect weather and I replanted many of the beds with pollinator friendly plants so there was a lot of wildlife activity here this year. I hope all is well with you in NC!

  9. This has been another spectacular autumn. I have my garden sprites, two of my black cats who enjoy the mornings with me. So many photos, so many paintings…and now I see the moon through bare branches. But also, that sense of longing in looking at the last warm light on plush fields…

    Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
    Tears from the depth of some divine despair
    Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
    In looking on the happy autumn-fields,
    And thinking of the days that are no more.
    ~Alfred Lord Tennyson

    • Ah, the Tennyson verse is wonderful and so apropos – thank you, Bernadette. I love the image of your garden sprites with you in the morning garden. I grew up with cats in the garden, such wonderful creatures. Our branches are bare now too, the winds yesterday stripped all the leaves – I was so sad to see the fall color disappear but I still have a few flowers blooming in the garden. I’m already planning my seed sowing, so that helps.

      • Stripped away is right! Yesterday’s winds were energizing, though, and beautiful in their own. It was a rare day I had to spend out there after doing vendor shows all year, and being out still repacking the shed and cutting grass while the moon rose in shorts and a tank was kind of magical. I still have some leaves on the mulberries and shorter trees, but all the tall trees are ready for winter. Sad as I was to see the last of the leaves coming down, I made short videos of the best moments I could capture of the leaves falling like snow, blowing across the sky, and softly landing on the ground. There is always art to soften blow.

  10. Your garden looks quite magical in autumn, and your lovely video and the music is very evocative….I liked October the most, as the trees and flowers seem to have become a deeper colour. Pixie is a natural, and she is obviously enjoying the garden.

  11. Ah, the film is gorgeous, Lynn! Pixie is a natural star! Your editing is wonderful; it really captures the magic of your garden design and how it evolves!

    Thank you for this, and deep peace to your autumn.

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