This year's jack o lantern retired to an obscure corner. I realize it will get much scarier soon...
I realized this half-barrel would be better used to grow a Southern highbush blueberry than the make-believe herb garden it used to contain.
I rarely cook with herbs. What's the point?
(Wouldn't you think at this point in my life I'd be tired of tinkering with my garden and just settle down on a general design and be happy with it? I realized I'm starting to feel that way--after 3 years of constant tinkering. Constant tinkering, constant learning, and lots of changing of mind. )
For the first time ever I realized that the native perennial bunch grasses I've allowed to proliferate to their hearts' content do in fact look like weeds, just as many anti-native, anti-meadow garden critics contend.
But I have not resolved to do anything about it. Still, I realized that 1) I have sudden empathy for the native haters, and 2) non-gardeners (and some gardeners) who visit my garden must be appalled.
I also realized that I'm totally tired of winter...and it's only November.
Red grape leaves are so over.
Just like Heidi Klum says, "In fashion, one day you're in. The next day you're out.
I'm tired of you.
Dahlia imperialis is blooming.
Finally, I was able to obtain the regular species after getting stuck with the boring 'Double White' for so many years. I was not surprised to realize that I am much happier now. Unfortunately, while trying to take a picture, I realized that recent storms bent the growing tip out of shape, and now the flowers are bent over in a funny angle that prevents me from photographing them very well. Close-ups will have to do this year. But next year, I'll propagate the heck of this plant and have a lot more of it.
I've decided to do something bold (?) and let the passion flowers spread on the ground.
I realize this might sound like a crazy idea. But I can always prune. And I can never do the opposite. (Know what I mean?) Anyway, a couple passionflowers have climbed shrubs, and they seem okay in there. Not too aggressive. Now they're sending out stems from the crown that are creeping along the ground. I'll keep you posted...
I really like this 'Honey Bouquet' rose.
I'm excited about the Fuchsia splendens I'm growing from seed; apple green leaves on vigorous plants, and considerable neglect from me. I realized I should be growing these in place of the too-fine textured cuphea. Cuphea, buh-bye.
I see flower buds in the higher reaches of Tithonia diversifolia. All the giant asters grow so fast.
And that's it.
Here are a couple big pictures. Looking at them, I realize that the garden feels sparer and easier to get around in now, as it does every year at this time...moving in to winter.