Fall Gardens

September 14, 2020

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Fall is a wonderful time in the garden. Late blooming perennials (and even annuals) give our pollinators nectar to get them through the winter. As the days get shorter and the nights cooler the dominant chlorophyll in plant tissues weakens and eventually dies off. This exposes the other pigments that were there all along.

Watch the Foliage Cycle Into Autumn

Coneflower seedheads

Coneflower Seedheads

Seed heads from many flowers, such as thistle, coneflower, sunflower, iris, goldenrod as well as trees including Dogwood, Winterberry and Viburnum feed our feathered friends over the fall and early winter.

In later fall one can clean up a lot of left over stems, foliage and leaves throughout the garden and (REMEMBER TO COMPOST) make room to put in colorful bulbs to cheer us up in the late winter/early spring. An old friend of mine would say that planting bulbs is like planting promises.

Bird Perched on a Seedhead

Bird Perched on a Seedhead

Take in the Changing Scenery

Relax while watching nature take some time off and become more dormant. Enjoy the open spaces between trees and shrubs, the longer shadows, winter silhouettes, tree and shrub bark.

Try putting out a bird feeder or two or a suet hanger. Not only will the birds enjoy this, but so will you! If you start feeders remember to keep them filled through the winter and early spring.

Enjoy the show!

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