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    Paxson Hill Farm – New Hope

    As summer comes to an end and cooler nights begin to return, there’s no better time than now to get out in the garden.

    Autumn down on the farm is one of my favorite seasons.

    You’ll find the giant Water Lotus still going strong, never having taken a break since they began flowering at the arrival of summer.

    Their showy seedpods beg to be picked and dried for winter arrangements.

    Japanese Anemones, large single to double flowers in shades of pink, lavender to white dance in the air on tall stems, as Asters everywhere begin to provide subdued color, typically up to and through frost.

    The ornamental grasses, which usually play second fiddle to louder, showier perennials, take on a life of their own.

    The garden comes alive with their grace as they sway in the breeze, their seedheads catching the golden autumnal sun.

    As summer continues to wind down, the Bush Clovers explode in to bloom in the Bridge Garden, appearing as stunning pink clouds seemingly overnight.

    A little-known and little-noticed shrub, but always a head-turner that fields plenty of “what is it?” questions when its screaming pink and lavender flowers come along at the most unlikeliest time of year.

    Speaking of winding down, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that fall is for planting!

    Cooler temps and more abundant rainfall translates to less work for us gardeners in establishing new plantings, while soil temperatures remain warm to encourage roots to spread.

    I do the bulk of my planting in September to October, it relieves me from the arduous task of dragging a hose around to keep everything hydrated.

    Now is the perfect time to ask yourself what you would like to change for next year in your own garden.

    Come on by and stir up some inspiration!

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