September 28, 2011

Speechless

I know it is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday, but this scene left me not just without descriptive words, but entirely and totally speechless when I wandered out to the meadow today.  I didn't plant any of this.  It is the unmowed, untended, wild area that abuts my yard.  We don't even own this strip of meadow.


Nature made this sunny garden of white wood asters and purple New England wild asters, goldenrod, and a short orange sunflower that looks like a zinnia.

It is not just a single clump out back.  We are surrounded by this show.  Here's what I see standing in the backyard looking west --- you can just see the mowed edge of the tended yard on the left.

Here's what I see looking east where the meadow spills out to the road.  Grasses and asters and goldenrod spread all along the back of the yard in all directions.

I plant and tend and fuss, and Jim mows and clips and edges in the "garden" part of our outdoor world.  And then, all around the perimeter of our lot nature wordlessly and effortlessly shows us what a real garden looks like. 

I am speechless.

15 comments:

  1. What an incredible meadow!! I think it's Mother Nature's way of telling us to let go and let her do some of the work. I had a beautiful wild white aster show up in my garden this year that I really love. All I did was keep it cut back so it didn't become a giant. The sunflowers really look like wayward zinnias. The whole thing looks like a bouquet. :o)

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  2. It's something isn't it? The colors just work seamlessly together and beckon to be enjoyed! Enjoy your beautiful fall display...it is lovely.

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  3. What a beautiful meadow it is. Amazing how nature outdoes us every time!

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  4. We fuss and we weed. We think we are so clever when we plot and design. Who are we kidding? We are just amateurs as your meadow so aptly demonstrates!

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  5. wow! You are lucky to live somewhere so beautiful, Laurrie.

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  6. So pretty! The conservation area behind my house has been a little too well tended by the local men with mowers this season. I was so happy when I went out a couple of days ago and saw a few goldenrod and asters beginning to open... and then this morning I woke up to the sound of the tractor mowers out there again! Ah well...
    : ) Meg

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  7. The meadow really is quite beautiful. Have you noticed this more this year than others? I have here. The meadows are flourishing I think because the spring was wet and the fall is wet, but the summer was dry. The summer is when most garden flowers bloom strong, but not the wild ones, which are nothing but leaves. It says a lot about native plants.

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  8. Tammy, I'd like to incorporate some of the white wood asters in my tended gardens, and it's good to know you can keep them a little tidier by cutting back.

    Cat, It's the color and the sheer abundance that works so well out there in the meadow!

    Marguerite, I have to say nature humbles my poor efforts every time.

    Jennifer, we certainly are amateurs. Do you think mother nature laughs at our silly efforts?

    Lyn, I know I am lucky to live here, even though I think there are so many other more beautiful and exotic places.

    Madame Meg, I would just cry if the mower guys who manage our common property got back into this part of the meadow. So sorry yours is being scalped!

    Donna, interesting that you mention the quality of the meadow this season --- it is noticeably prettier than ever before. I have a love hate thing with the area. Usually it is so weedy and unkempt, especially all summer, and last year in the dry fall it was a mess. But this year it is so lovely. Your wet-dry-wet theory has me intrigued.

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  9. Mother Nature knows what she is doing. Beautiful.

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  10. I just discovered your blog! What a treat! I am a huge meadow fan -- run around screaming "Get rid of that lawn!" Not making much headway there... At our previous house (and garden), we had a meadow of sorts on the empty lots next to us in a senior community but they only lasted until another resident complained about the "mess" and, finally, a house was built on it. Sigh. I've got comments for almost every post you've done -- so much in common! You even have one of my favorite bloggers following you -- Gardener on Sherlock Street! More to come...

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  11. Lisa, you are absolutely right!

    Tricia, thanks. I am glad you are finding some of my older blog posts and enjoying them --- I did see your comments on those too. Welcome!

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  12. So beautiful! I think Mother Nature is at her best in the fall, a good time to just sit back and let her show how it's done.

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  13. Your meadow really put on a lovely show this year!!

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  14. Rose and sweetbay, thanks for coming by to admire my meadow!

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