It is fall in so many places right now. The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are prancing along the streets like dancer’s ending a stellar seasonal performance. In the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) fall is a time to head to the mountains, take long walks while kicking leaves and most importantly a time to rethink your landscape. Do you have seasonal color in lieu of blooms? Have you chosen plant material that has at least three seasons of value – be it color, fruits or blooms??? Are you having a difficult time embracing the fact that native plant material, while sometimes not always the hottest bloom in the middle of the summer, but can often be the last showing of color in the fall garden??? Take a walk in your neighborhood and see what you can find to make you rethink what beauty is in the garden.
If you were to take a drive or even walk throughout DC, you would find some of the prettiest fall color from traditional mums, ornamental cabbage and pansies. However you would also find some of the prettiest color from the basic street trees, shrubs and Mother Nature in general.
What a joy it is to embrace these moments and recognizing how wonderful it is to live in the DMV, where we have four seasons. Four seasons to admire, get out to enjoy and pause to experience the beauty that surrounds us. Did you go out today and embrace the beauty???by