One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

An Autumn Garden


Beautiful day today, even if the temperature is hovering in the low 50s. It was downright chilly tonight, as we had some pretty gusty breezes sweep over us after the day’s rain.

I did some garden work this morning, beginning the business of dismantling. The rocks are the biggest deal, so I’m starting with those and have gotten four or five wheelbarrow loads of those carted up toward the driveway. With a nice assortment of blooms still going strong, it makes the work a little bittersweet.

There’s a thinner quality to the October sunlight, especially with the cooler temperatures, but that does make the work a little easier. And the light’s great for photos, too!

I liked this particular convergence of blooms. There’s a nice pink cosmos front and center (sort of), with white boltonia down below, and a happy cluster of helianthus in the background.

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