Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fragrance from the ever changing garden . . . . . . . . . .


AFTER AUTUMN RAIN THERE IS A FRESH, SHARP,
RICH AND EARTHY AROMA IN THE GARDEN AND 
WOODLAND.
WALKING THROUGH THE WOODLANDS YOU CAN CATCH
 FLASHES OF BERRIES . . . . . . BRIGHT ORANGE, RED,
DEEP PURPLE. 

The colors of the leaves are breathtaking.
 Soft moss, ivy and ferns have their own distinctive aromas.

I've noticed when trying new perfumes, woodland ingredients
seem to be prevalent now, more so than sweet fruity florals.
The warmth of woody notes, traditionally used in men's fragrances
- which personally I have always had an affinity for -
are now being used in women's perfumes which I think
is wonderful.


Here in my garden, the fig tree is now dropping the first of its yellowing leaves - the
 still plentiful green ones have yet to change color and drop to the damp earth.




The most surprising thing in the garden this week is the sudden appearance
 of the Angel Trumpets (brugmansia). 
Some years they bloom as early as September, other years, and this is such
 a one, the plants tease us and don't show blooms until November.
 As we have a warm spell coming end of week, I think we'll have quite
 a show prior to the chilly temperatures sure to follow soon.
Then I'll cut the branches down almost to the ground, covering them
 with mulch and leaves, hoping next Spring they'll shoot up again as they have
 for many years.


Monday's constant heavy rain brought a large oak tree limb down on
 our back deck. Thankfully the umbrella broke its fall and it didn't
 cause damage. We now are concerned about our aging trees. Many 
have been removed over the years but it appears there are more needing 
to come down for safety's sake. That limb could have gone through the
roof or caused us severe injury if we'd been outside.

11 comments:

  1. The golden leaves under the tree are really pretty against the dark earth and the angel trumpet vine looks amazing. I hope you share a photo of it when it blooms. I'm glad the tree limb didn't do any serious damage! It's a mix of sun and cloud here today and looking like November does here - dull and dreary and chilly. Enjoy the mild weather coming your way. Hugs. Pam

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  2. Your garden looks beautiful in the fall after a rain Mary. I love walking in the woods in the fall, the scent of wet leaves, acorns, moss all appeal to me as well. I am glad nothing was too terribly damaged from the limb coming down!

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  3. Gorgeous days there, but I have the same problem. Trees that have grown up too close to the house and one half dead one, dropped a large limb onto not one, but two cars and caused considerable damage to both. The first one we used insurance for, the second one six months later, I couldn't tell the insurance company the same thing happened again, so we were out of pocket. Get them trimmed or hire a back hoe and they'll pull them out posthaste.

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  4. Beautiful shots, Mary. I noticed an Angel Trumpet yesterday and thought it was rather late for these parts - but gorgeous!

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  5. It all sounds so lovely. All the rain we've gotten has caused such a mess and some areas actually smell like poop. Not enticing at all. ha! At this time of year, with the weather changing, I do like a bit of a heavier fragrance. Some people use the same perfume all year long but I like to change things up. Perhaps the tree branches can be checked for decay rather than cutting the whole tree down. Take care, Tammy

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  6. Sorry about the tree limb and roof. My husband and I sold our house when we retired and it is a blessing not having the maintenance!

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  7. Lovely to enjoy the delights of your Autumn garden Mary. We are having lovely spring rain here, and it is much appreciated here at a time which can be very dry.

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  8. Your photos are beautiful, Mary. I love the bird-house so much. I agree with you regarding the floral scents. Never liked them.

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  9. The fig leaves are making a beautiful carpet on the ground. The rain intensifies the colors, I think. So glad the tree branch didn't cause any damage. Hooray for the sacrificial umbrella!

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  10. Your garden is gorgeous! Our fig leaves are completely yellow and so will be on the ground, How fun to see your garden in all seasons.

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  11. Beautiful - the leaves on the ground in the first photo look like they are floating on water.

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