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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – October 25

As we approach the time of first frost on the Cape, gardeners start thinking about how to celebrate the outdoors and the seasons in ways that don’t require flowering plants. Yes, I’m still picking dahlias but we know that these days are numbered. Evergreens, seedpods and seashells will quickly take on new appeal.

This is one of the blessings of being involved with gardens. Once you’re hooked on working with and observing the natural world, you look for ways for this to continue throughout all four seasons.

The first approach is to include a wide variety of plants in the landscape, of course. Textured or colored barks, conifers, broadleaf evergreens and perennials that stay all winter…these should be in every garden. Next, we see which plants offer dried stems and foliage that can be used in indoor or outdoor arrangements. And finally, we appreciate the small treasures gathered in the surrounding environment. These include pinecones, plumes from grasses, rocks and shells.

Gardens help us to approach change with open eyes.

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