Bonnie Helander began her love of gardening while living and working in San Diego. After retirement, she moved back home to Georgia with husband, Dan, and now resides and gardens in Peachtree City (Zone 8a) where she is a member of the Peachtree City Garden Club. Bonnie is the gardening writer and blogger for Fayette Woman magazine and also blogs and writes for Georgia Gardening Magazine. Besides gardening, Bonnie loves nature and hiking and is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and avid supporter of the Bulldog nation.


My Love Affair with Fall
by Bonnie Helander - posted 11/13/12

Autumn really is the best season of the year (at least until spring!) My garden continues to get messier and there is much to do to keep ahead of the falling leaves. Right now the red maple off my back patio is shedding profusely and more leaves drop as fast as I sweep them off the deck!  My pond is filling up with leaves again as well. I’ve tried a net but a heron has been nosing around and I am worried it will get caught in the net. So I don my waders and get in the pond at least once a week to net out the leaves. It's getting cold in there!

I do love the colors of the season – the brilliant reds and oranges and more subtle yellows, browns and mauves.  Here are few more photos of my November fall garden…

My pond is surrounded by color - the Japanese maples are turning a brilliant red!


This tropical plumeria that I have in a pot on my back patio is still blooming! I'll need to bring it into the garage soon.


I love the fading flowers of the hydrangea paniculata and the reddish leaves of the snowball viburnum.


This mophead hydrangea turns a lovely mauve in the fall.


Ornamental grasses like pampas grass look so stately in the fall.


It's a pleasure to notice the brilliant and subtle beauty of the garden in the fall. Take a moment to enjoy your autumn garden...and then get back to raking!



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