Northern gardens get such a nice shaggy sweater look to them in the fall if properly tended to, that is left alone. After a season of carefully preparing our garden in Jamestown, mulching it and then attentively dead heading the flowers, fall requirements told us to do nothing. The leftover plants and rotting leaves provide protection from forest heave come winter. Spent flowers, disintegrating seed pods, collapsing plants, and accumulating leaves create scenes of gentle beauty with colors appropriate for the coming cold. One becomes eager for the tan and white show mid-winter frosts provide. In the meantime there’s a flower, a shrub bloom that just insists on creeping out – one last kiss of summer.

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