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A Walk in a Fall Garden

Updated on September 12, 2014

A Walk in a Fall Garden

Summer's scorch is almost over, and fall is peeking around the corner, as summer slips away. Fall is showing off an amazing array of colors and cooler weather, perfect to enjoy a stroll through the garden.

Fall into place and let's stroll through a fall garden of mostly native or wildflowers and see what surprises we will find. Hold on to your hat!

All pictures taken by me, Bev Lemley ~ I hope you enjoy! All rights reserved.

Fall's softer light... - ...on a butterfly...a delight!

Eastern Silver Aster (symphyotrichum concolor)... - ...a favorite with butterflies...I can see why!

Narrowleaf silkgrass (pityopsis graminifolia) - ...an insect and crabby spider haven!

For a Lovely Fall Garden Inside!

Peggy Karr Handcrafted Art Glass Autumn Garden Plate, Round, 11-Inch
Peggy Karr Handcrafted Art Glass Autumn Garden Plate, Round, 11-Inch

Each plate has individual characteristics as it is stenciled and fired between two pieces of glass to 1600 degrees. Each plate bears the studio signature. Food safe and dishwasher safe. This is a true work of art ~ the colors are magnificent!!

 

Asiatic Dayflower (commelina communis) - A flower that appears to be clapping its hands!

Queen Ann's Lace (daucus carota) - See the purple jewel in the center of the "crown"?

This wildflower can be found all over the United States, and serves as food or shelter for many insects and birds. Learn more about this wildflower and what is really neat about it at Island Creek Elementary School's Study of Northern Virginia Ecology which is a very cool way to learn about ecology! Two thumbs up!

Seaside Goldenrod (solidago sempervirens) - ...beautiful, tall, stately...

...dependable...and a food source for many insects!

Fall Into A Livelier Step...

...With fall's cooler temps and awesome colors!

Pineapple Sage (salvia elegans) ... - ...smells like pineapple! And looks to be wearing high heels!

And one of the last things to bloom in the fall ~ of course, it's an insect magnet!

Crooked-stem Aster (at least I think)... - There are over 4,000 species ~

so it's hard to be sure ~ but it does have a crooked-y stem!

Fall mums... - ...how lovely!

American Beautyberry (callicarpa americana) - This is an old fashioned variety...

The birds love these and because of this, we have new plants starting to produce berries ~ such a lovely mulberry color!

Fall seeds... - ....set the stage for seasons to come...

Do you like to grow native wildflowers?

Do you enjoy the native wildflowers in your yard?

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A Fall Break ... - ...is even enjoyed by the bees!

A Humminnngbird... - ...passing through to warmer places

Even herbs add color... - ...and definitely provide food for butterfly larvae

By QVC Host Carolyn Gracie , an article on Butterfly gardening Butterfly, oh Butterfly, Creating a Butterfly Garden

Mum's the Word... - ...Fall colors...the season to enjoy!

Pansies... - ...complete a fall garden!


And now, for a Special Presentation of A Walk in a Fall Garden

HERE IT IS!

Hit "Full Screen," almost in the UPPER LEFT-HAND corner! Don't forget to just click the "X" for the video when it's through, to come back to the page!

A Walk in a Fall Garden

What part of Fall do you Like Best?

What part about fall do you enjoy the most?

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In drought years...

...the leaves are more colorful, and the seeds more plentiful. Squirrels and other seed-gathering critters run out of room to store them!

This is just a personal observation ~ what is yours on how rainfall affects tree color?

What do you think? - Drought gives us prettier tree leaf color?

Am I right or wrong?! I think that drought years are the most colorful, and yield the most acorns!

Do you think that drought gives us the best color or plenty of rain?

I say yes, drought years are the most colorful!

I say yes, drought years are the most colorful!

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  • Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

    I see I'm over here all by myself so far! Just to put down my observances so far this year, which was a very rainy year for us, the reds are just mottled, not very bright, and the reds that are usually kind of a "dull" red just seem to be more brown. The usual oranges seem to be browns, too. The trees that usually have brilliant color are really passing along unnoticed this year. Nowhere near the years of drought we had, when the color was so magnificent, it was beyond words. I'm curious if anyone has noticed the same so far!

I say no, plenty of rain will have the prettiest colors!

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  • Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

    Rain, like any other condition, is a necessary step to keep everything right.

    Also if nature adapts itself to the changes, rain is always needed to keep flowers and plants very well.

  • srsddn lm 4 years ago

    I believe the rain helps every thing to bloom.

  • anonymous 4 years ago

    Most plants need good drinks, so I am going with plenty of rain.

  • Vortrek Grafix 4 years ago

    Nature is very adaptable to changing circumstances. Conceivably, drought could bring about more color, possibly in the form of more flowers or additional scent, in an attempt to attract more creatures to hopefully spread polin to where more rain falls. I'd have to Google it to know for sure, but plants have many ways of compensating. It's almost as if they are sentient and\or rational sometimes. I had to pick one so I picked "no" but I'm actually in the middle.

  • Pat Goltz 4 years ago

    We don't get any fall flowers in the mountains if it doesn't rain.

  • Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

    We are in severe drought here in Nebraska and the flowers are not nearly as good when maintained by watering instead of rain.

  • lbuben 4 years ago

    plenty of rain

  • Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

    I am not sure - we don't have drought much in Rhode Island. And where I live in China the leaves are not so colorful. Not sure why...

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      Beverly Lemley 3 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @aesta1: What nice neighbors! I'm glad you didn't miss it altogether! We had a below freezing temperature dip last night. I don't know if we'll get to enjoy any colors here or not! Thanks for stopping by, Aesta1! B : )

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I watch the colours change in the beginning but we left earlier for work. Our neighbours have kindly sent us pictures of the change and it is beautiful.

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      Beverly Lemley 3 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Gloriousconfusion: You gave me a lovely image of fall! I can only imagine how wonderful the Apple Day must be ~ in London at that! Thank you for giving me a touch of your fall! I am ready for our colors to start, too; it won't be long now! Thanks for stopping by, Gloriousconfusion ~ Happy Fall!

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love the colorful leaves, and the glut of tomatoes, my favorite vegetable, and now is the season for apples - we even have a local Apple Day in London

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love getting my slow cooker out again after all the salads of summer.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @GardenIdeasHub LM: I love mums, too! The colorful mums are a highlight for me, too! I'm glad you enjoyed your walk! Thanks for stopping by, Gardenideashub! B : )

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      Fall mums is sure lovely. I enjoyed seeing all these beautiful pictures.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Melissa Miotke: Thank you, Melissamio! My daughter especially loves pumpkins, so whenever I think fall, I have ot think pumpkins, too! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @magnetic06 lm: Thank you so much for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Alessandro Zambon: I'm glad you enjoyed the walk in the fall garden, motown22! Thank you so much for your kind words! B : )

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love the cooling weather and visits to pumpkin patches. The pictures you used on this lens are vibrantly beautiful! Blessed!

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      magnetic06 lm 4 years ago

      stunning lens, thank you for sharing

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      This is absolutely the best lens I've ever seen not only about fall, but about so beautiful flowers and butterflies. It's really a big job, what you've done!

      Thanks so much for remembering me the beautiful fall!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @srsddn lm: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed your walk! B : )

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      All the images are gorgeous.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @John Dyhouse: I'm so glad you enjoyed your fall walk! Thank you! B : )

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      wonderful photos, thanks for sharing I enjoyed this saunter thro a fall garden

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed your walk ~ Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful, colourful Lens enjoyable to read and look at thanks for sharing.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @EdwardZhang: Thank you, Edward! I appreciate your great support ~ I'm glad you enjoyed the fall walk! B : )

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      EdwardZhang 4 years ago

      Hey, It's Amazing lens. All Photos too good. Thanks for Sharing

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @casquid: Ahh, I know that area! it is beautiful! Careful on those roads, though, they are not made for anyone except someone from that area that knows how tricky they are! Thanks for stopping by! And thank you so much for your great support! I'm glad you enjoyed your walk! B : )

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      Vortrek Grafix 4 years ago

      The color and changing natural activity (migrating birds, etc) is pleasant. Prefer more daylight and warmer temperatures though.

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      casquid 4 years ago

      Long drives along the River. From either side, Ohio or Kentucky, both are breathtaking to see.

      This is a beautiful lens. Keep writing!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @mazbond: Thank you for taking the walk! Thank you! B: )

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      mazbond 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens and great photos!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @SheilaSchnauzies: Thank you! Thanks for taking a walk in my fall garden ~ and thank you for the blessing! B : )

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Your lens is fabulous! Blessed!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: I'm so glad you enjoyed the walk! Thank you for your kind support ~ and thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just can't stop staring at all those beautiful flowers.. :D

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @myspace9: Thank you! I appreciate your kind support! Thanks for coming along for a fall walk! B : )

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens. All pictures are beautiful

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @OhMe: Thank you for the SquidBlessing! I appreciate you stopping by and taking a walk in the fall garden ~ thank you for your very kind and supportive comments! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @spids1: Thank you! Thanks for taking a walk through! B : )

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I thoroughly enjoyed my walk in your Fall Garden. So lovely and your photos are fantastic. The video is so nice. Great lens. Blessed.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @tobydavis: Thank you so much, tobysartbazaar! I certainly appreciate your kind comments! Thank you for stopping by! I will have to see if you have some Art lenses ~ cool name! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Elyn MacInnis: Ahh, you paint quite a lovely fall picture! Thank you for those senses you just stirred up with wonderful visions and memories! B : )

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      I love the wonderful range of colors Fall brings - so many of which you've captured here in such a lovely collection of images - fab lens!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Looking at the fall moon, being able to take the dogs with me in the car and not worrying about them getting hot, farmers markets, scuffing in leaves, a little leaf smoke (just for the thrill, a leaf or two, not to burn a whole pile!), crunchy apples, pickles, pies, and so much more. Thank you so so much for sharing your beautiful garden with us! Squidangel blessed.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Onemargaret LM: Yes!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Gypzeerose: I'm glad you had a chance to go for a walk! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your really nice comments and support! Thank you! I hope you have a better day tomorrow! B : )

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lovely photos. Calming on a day that I needed it.

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      Onemargaret LM 4 years ago

      The scenery!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @SteveKaye: Thank you for your kind support, Steve! I appreciate your visit and the blessing! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @olmpal: Thank you! I'm glad you like the Zazzle gifts! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Aster56: Thank you so much for stopping by! Thank you! B : )

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this lens with the beautiful photos. I really enjoyed this tour. Wish you the best.

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Beautiful selection of fall garden flowers! Lovely flower Zazzle gifts too!

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      Aster56 4 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. Good lens.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @gamecheathub: Whoa! Thanks, Joe, a bunch! You just really brightened my day with your great support and encouragement! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      gamecheathub 4 years ago

      These pictures are absolutely breathtaking. I get a lot of enjoyment out of pics like these. It brightens my day. Thanks for posting them!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LornsA178: Thank you, LornsA178! I'm glad you enjoyed the walk! What a lovely picture your avatar is! B : )

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      I love your pictures, they are beautiful! What a lovely lens.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @cassieann: Thank you so much for your really nice comments! Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the walk! B : )

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      cassieann 4 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! You take wonderful photos that I greatly enjoyed.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Nithya Venkat: That is the most amazing thing to hear! Goodness, I'll be on Cloud 9 all day! Thank you so much for your kind support! And thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @flinnie lm: I agree! We could use some cooler weather, with that spectacular show of color! Just pull up a chair and enjoy! Thanks! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @flinnie lm: Thank you so much for the blessing! And thank you for adding it on your lens ~ that's an honor! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @JoshK47: Thank you, Josh! I appreciate the SquidAngel blessing! I'm so glad you enjoyed the walk! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Ahh, the colors ~ amazing what a blessing they are! Thank you - and thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Thank you for this beautiful garden walk - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Blessing to you, and added to my lens... Squid Angel flinnie.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      This is a pretty fall lens, this is my time of the year.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      WOW, beautiful, amazing photographs. Enjoyed viewing them. You work magic with your camera. Awesome!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Gorgeous pictures! I love the colors of fall.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @RinchenChodron: Ah, crocus are so beautiful! I don't know if I've seen fall ones, though! That would be really cool ~ thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @sweetstickyrainbo: Thank you for stopping by ~ thank you! B : )

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      lovely

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I like fall crocus! You have some awesome photos here.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @happy-birthday: You're right! Isn't it nice to be able to slow down a bit?! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @merleannw: Thank you so much for your kind support! So nice to hear you had a refreshing visit! Visit again! Thank you so much for stopping by! B : )

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      merleannw 4 years ago

      Your lens is so refreshing I feel as if I have walked in your garden

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      radhanathswamifan 4 years ago

      Almost everything u listed:)

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      Everything around you starts to change, preparing for the winter.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Ruthi: Ahh, me, too! When the leaves fall off and the sunshine starts peeping in the house more, I enjoy the brighter days, as the trees shade so much around our house ~ and being able to take it easy ~ What's the hurry, it's chilly outside, I'm hibernating ~ I agree with you, let's rest a while! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @thememorybooksh1: Thank you, memorybookshop! I appreciate that! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Aw, that's so cool, Tipi! Thank you for being so kind to say such encouraging, supportive things ~ I am humbled and honored! Thank you for stopping by, and I've added a note to the "drought" comment that that is just my observations. I'm curious what others may have noticed about how the weather affects the leaf color. Thanks for mentioning that, Tipi; it gave me a chance to add to that thought. And you have certainly added a very special touch to my day with such a nice visit! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much, Andreea92 ~ I appreciate your kind words and support! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Oh, wow! Thanks, Tipi! I'm so honored that you would post it to FB ~ thank you! Thank you for stopping by, Tipi! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Rosaquid: I am very happy to feature your gorgeous lenses, full of very helpful information, in fact, you have another one on beneficial insects that I've featured in the organic gardening section ~ so thank you for all the great info and pictures! You create a lovely picture of fall with your great descriptions here, and I agree, fall gives way to harsh weather all too soon! Thank you so much for stopping by, Rosaquid! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @MarcellaCarlton: Wow! I'll bet you have a beautiful show! I think your clematis is Sweet Autumn, maybe? I have not heard of the the Paul's Scarlet Hawthorne or naked ladies ~ what a name! I will have to check those out. I didn't know there was an autum crocus, either ~ thanks for the great tips for more fall flowers; they sound so lovely! I will have to take a look your way and see if you just happen to have a lens with your lovely fall flowers! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Scarlettohairy: That's a favorite part for me, too ~ cooler weather! I'll bet Arizona can make you really appreciate the fall weather! Thanks for stopping by ~ I'm glad you like the flowers! B : )

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love all of these beautiful flowers you've shared with us. Being in Arizona, I like that the fall brings much needed relief from the heat.

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      In a dry summer my Paul's scarlet Hawthorne has more berries (haws). They are wonderful. I have a clematis that has tiny white flowers all over it. And the naked ladies are blooming along with the clochicum (autumn crocus) and the asters. Love your lens. The picture were spectacular.

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      I love the changing, cooling air and the deep blue of the sky against the yellow cottonwood leaves and red canyon walls near my home. I love coming home to steaming crockpots filled with hearty meals, or staying home to warm up the house with baking projects. The only thing I don't like about fall is that it too soon gives way to winter!

      Thank you for this lovely walk in your garden. I appreciate and I am honored by your mention of my own lens! Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just had to come back and FB like this beauty...very nice!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens and gorgeous photos!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My eyes are smiling right now after delighting in your beautiful presentation of fall flowers, perfectly set in the new Autumn theme. This is a feast of the rich colors and beauty of fall gardens! I didn't know about years of drought brining brighter colors and more seeds, so much of the country will be delighting in color this fall and squirrels will be adding on new rooms for storage. Beautifully presented with your special style that is always a delight!

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      thememorybooksh1 4 years ago

      Nice Lens, with beautiful pics..

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      What bountiful pops of color you have shared in your photos! Thanks for a lovely walk with you in your garden. I am enjoying the fall beginnings with the turning of the leaves and the cool air. Mostly, I enjoy fall as a resting place in time.