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October Moments

Fall is my favorite season in the garden.  Even ordinary plants like forsythia surprise me with their fall color.  Perennial asters, old fashioned single chyrsanthemums , (Dendranthema) ornamental grasses and of course trees such as Japanese maples, maples,  dogwoods, hickories and yet to arrive, the much anticipated golden ginkgo foliage.  Although I still have spring bulbs to plant and a few more violas,  as well as  some greens to add to my veggie garden,  I am fortunate that here in my Zone 7 garden in Atlanta, GA, autumn is kinder to plants and forgiving of gardeners.  It really is a good time to add hardy trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs to your garden.   Here are some scenes from my garden  and  from my visit to Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, GA last week.

Forsythia shows its autumn colors

Euphorbia and Single Apricot mum turning pink

Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' and smoke tree

grasses, mums and asters

Geranium 'Rozanne' foliage in October looks fresh

Gibbs Gardens - Japanese Garden in October

Bald Cypress in October at Gibbs Gardens

Oxydendrum arboreum in October at Gibbs Gardens

Japanese maple at Gibbs Gardens

Crapemyrtles in October at Gibbs Gardens

Reflections in Autumn at Gibbs

maples show off their autumn foliage

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7 Responses to “October Moments”

  1. Rhonda Flowers says:

    Just got back from NC mountains and another trip to Gibbs Garden. His garden will be a regular visit for me. Each time I go I see his successful attempt at making it a garden for all seasons.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Erica, I enjoyed reading your articles in the AJC for years and I absolutely loved A Gardener’s Diary! I am so happy that you continue to write. You are a very talented writer and photographer. I wonder if you are aware that Smith Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw is now a public garden. You filmed an episode of this garden (once belonging to Dr. Bob Gilbert) for A Gardener’s Diary. Dr. Gilbert sold his garden to the city of Kennesaw and it is now a wonderful 16 acre public garden with many interesting species of plants. I am a volunteer at the garden and I would like to invite you to visit any time. The garden is open year round. Please check out their website: I hope to see you there one day!

  3. Erica says:

    Yes, I have visited Smith Gilbert since it opened to the public but it has been a few years. I’ll try to visit this fall.
    Thanks for the reminder and your positive comments.

  4. Mickey Wood says:

    I just want to thank you for the beautiful photos. They not only inspire me to thing about my New England garden in new ways, but to think about painting, as well. I am so drawn to the color and composition that I want to somehow experience them in a deeper internal way. Hope that makes sense. Your Gardeners Diary show was always one of my favorites and I can no longer find it on tv (i even watched reruns) so your website and newsletter are greatly appreciated.

  5. Pam Faltisek says:

    Just a short note to thank you for your continued writings and photos of gardens. It is so inspiring for me. I too love the fall most of all. Just took photos today of flowers in the garden as the weather turned cool in Texas and I know that they will go to sleep for the winter in the near future. My pictures are a handy reminder of the fulfilling acomplishment of continued work all the year through, even when the winter dulls the view atop. Thank you so very much for always continuing to inspire me.

  6. Kay Hathaway says:

    Is there anywhere to see A Gardener’s Diary? When I log into HGTV it says it’s not available

  7. Erica says:

    Sorry Kay. It was on but not any more. I will keep you posted if it shows up online again. Thanks for your interest. Erica

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