Fall came late to us here in southern Vermont, and even though we had a few light frosts in late September, we didn’t have a hard freeze until mid-October. As a result, the gardens continued to provide us with loads of color far later than normal.
Some of our Tesselaar Plants friends and testers from across the country had similarly lovely autumn weather and shared some of their photos and ideas. For example, Kathy Skarr from Wisconsin sent this photo of a outside wall display using a deep old frame to hold a small plant container – a great way to perk up a boring outdoor wall.
Not all of our friends and testers were as fortunate though.
Last year, Linn from Richmond, Virginia suffered a huge amount of damage to her home and gardens after going through 5.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by Hurricane Irene 3 days later.
And then to add to their burden, they were hit again recently with Hurricane Sandy. Much of her garden was demolished again, but somehow or another, her Flower Carpet held it’s own. Linn sent this picture of her Flower Carpet Scarlet that she took 3 days after Sandy. She wrote that “With all the wind damage, some plants laying on their side, the roses are standing beautiful with their bright red color. The Hurricane was no match for Flower Carpet rose bushes.”
With that bit of hope and joy, we wish all our readers a pleasant and safe remaining fall season. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses (or enjoy some of Mother Nature’s blessings, compliments of our friend Denise Pierce from Red Bay Alabama, who is fortunate to be enjoying a lovely autumn!)
And remember, to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow!