The Autumn Garden
The Not-So-Secret, Secret Garden
Hello everyone! Where do you take time to reset when you need a break? If you have looked around my blog before, you may have come across the blog post where I show off my mother’s garden, one of the places I use to re-center myself.
It’s a dense garden full of trees, vegetation, and flowers. Plants cover every area that doesn’t have a cement pathway. It is so full, there are plenty of little nooks you can tuck into and find a quiet moment to yourself, your own secret spot. And from two sides of the property, there is so much foliage that you can’t really see the house! A garden so obviously huge, and yet so full you can always find small, secret surprises. I always tease mom and say she doesn’t have a garden; she has a jungle. And it is awesome.
In the last garden post I included photos of everything that grows in spring and summer in mom’s jungle. And as the seasons have changed, I thought it would be nice to show you what has grown over the autumn and winter seasons. For a little while, the area that was packed with rosemary bushes before is now overflowing with the squash and pumpkin plants.
The vines have covered everything in that part of the garden. They crawled up into the persimmon tree, the papaya tree, and over all the rosemary bushes and onion plants. My niece often plays under the persimmon tree, using it as a little house or fort, because the pumpkin plants have taken over so thoroughly that they have effectively walled off that little secret area. Looking up into the trees, you can find squash and pumpkins growing from their vines and hanging down past the tree branches. A strange and interesting sight.
Along with the changing seasons comes the change of colors in the garden. Admittedly, most of the jungle is still richly green, but there are also new colors to be found in the flowers and leaves. It’s quite lovely to see when the light is just right in the sky and the shadows cover the garden softly.
As some plants were drying up for the last time new ones were beginning to bloom. There seemed to be less pink and white hues dotting the landscape and more orange flowers throughout.
With all the changing plants in the autumn garden, there still seemed to be plenty of nice areas to sit outside and enjoy a little solitude in the thick greenery. And it is perfect cool weather to sit outside with a warm drink and crochet something cozy.