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10/16/2012

Favorite Fall Flower: Gaura

guara siskiyou pink by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.comThere were just four little pots left at my local country store….so I pounced.   I have admired Gaura for some time, but haven’t really ever planted it and I had no idea that its blooms were a great fall addition to the garden (I took these shots of my newest babies just a couple of days ago).

sedum autumn joy in the studio g garden www.pithandvigor.com by rochelle greayerI also had no idea that its color is a near shade match with sedum and the two together provide a lovely mix of weight and texture.

hydrangea by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.comAnd then there is the hydrangea (whose variety I can’t remember) with flowers I thought were supposed to be all pink — but it turns out it opens white and fades to a pretty autumn mauve.

Pink is my new garden red…(at least for this year) and I have been pleased with my recent discoveries for interesting fall color.  How is your garden this autumn…any surprise colors popping up?

I am busy contending with pine needles.  Even though I live in leafy New England, it is pine needles that give me fall grief.  They carpet everything (notice how they are in every picture?) and I haven’t found a good way to make these lemons into lemonade.  Advice for over-pined gardens always welcome here….

images by rochelle greayer

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  1. Cindy at enclos*ure

    October 17th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    In the South, we mulch with pine needles. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but I like it. Eventually, needles break down, but they do not raise acid-levels in the soil to any significant amount. There’s a good article about it here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2702/#b

  2. rochelle

    October 17th, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Cindy — when you say mulch — do you just mean put them on top of the ground around the plants? or are you doing something to them first?

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