Looking Good November 6


Foliage is the primary focus in the garden these days, with my current favorites being the above bridal wreath (Spirea x vanhouttei) and in the photo below, oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia). Both display multiple layers of color, adding light and depth.IMG_8609

IMG_8600Beyond foliage as the main attraction, seeds bring a lot of interest to the autumn garden. The slender pods of milkweed  (Asclepias tuberosa) have opened and their silky parachutes are slowly teased out and borne away by the wind. I struggle to express with simple words my love of the delicate beauty of this plant. Perhaps this is where a picture truly is worth a thousand words!

In the field, maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’) has fully fluffed out and it waves gracefully in the slightest breeze. As it sinks over the hill, the late afternoon sun turns it to gold.


IMG_8641Looking pagoda-like, hosta (H. sieboldiana) seed heads have split open, revealing satiny, blue-black, winged samaras. When examined up close, they are quite beautiful.
IMG_8644Another sweet seed head is the brown fuzzy-bear of common groundsel (Ligularia dentata). A gift from a gardening friend last year, I cut it back early while this year I didn’t, so I was delighted when I saw its fat, 1″ brown tufts. I guess being a lazy gardener has its perks!

Many thanks to Gillian at Country Garden UK for hosting the weekly meme Looking Good Friday (link for guidelines). We showcase highlights in our gardens each week and link back to her site. Pop on over to see what’s special in other gardener’s plots around the globe. Feel free to join us with what is ‘looking good’ in your garden!

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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54 Responses to Looking Good November 6

  1. Trini Lind says:

    Oooh, I just looove these photos!! 💖😊💖😊

  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Eliza!!!!!

  3. The pods of milkweed are so amazing. Lovely time of year for you to absorb and enjoy. Thanks Eliza.

  4. Jim in IA says:

    The hydrangea colors and textures are soothing.

  5. Jewels says:

    So beautiful Eliza, I love the milkweed! ❤

  6. MK says:

    These are so ethereal, I find them at least as beautiful as flowers. I especially like the milkweed & maiden glass.

  7. Cathy says:

    Lovely photos Eliza. I especially love that one of the Miscanthus – can almost hear it rustling in the breeze!

  8. Pauline says:

    So beautiful Eliza, I love all the different shades in your oak leaved Hydrangea and the seed heads you have shown us are really beautiful. There is beauty all around us , if only we open our eyes to it.

  9. Beautiful photos, Eliza

  10. Julie says:

    The milkweed seed head photograph is so beautiful Eliza, I can understand just how you feel about it. Lovely post.

  11. Such romantic pictures. I think the depth and atmosphere in your foliage pair are wonderful.

  12. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    It shows no matter what the season your garden is full of beauty Eliza.

  13. That has got to be the most beautiful picture of milkweed I have ever seen! (Definitely worth a thousand words…) Something enchanting about the lighting, the textures…

  14. Val Boyko says:

    Delightful hues and textures Eliza … some amazing shots!
    Your photos make me want to talk up watercolor painting again. Its been a slow burning fuse this year … which will hopefully culminate with new paints and an easel for my birthday in December.

  15. Julie says:

    Gorgeous photos, Eliza! I do not know maiden grass but wish I did after seeing your photo.

  16. Maria F. says:

    These are all very good Eliza. I had no idea there blues and purple leaves in the fall!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Maria. The oak leaf is so dazzling right now. The blue is probably sky reflecting off the the leaf, which has lots of highlights. Purple is common in several plants, ash particularly comes to mind.

  17. Wow, these are really cool shots!

  18. albert says:

    Such a blessing the camera is, and the person behind it. And then there’s the magic Web. All these bring beauty back and help answer Hopkins’ pleading question,

    “How to keep — is there any any, is there none such, nowhere known some, bow or brooch or braid or brace, lace, latch or catch or key to keep
    Back beauty, keep it, beauty, beauty, . . . from vanishing away?”


  19. Gillian says:

    I love the colours of your oak leaf Hyrangea and your seed head photos are beautiful Eliza. I agree that a picture is worth a thousand words… it would be almost impossible to describe the way your milkweed seeds disperse. One photo tells the tale.

  20. inc says:

    Colorful, magical, and full of character! Beautiful photos!

  21. srickman2014 says:

    Amazing! Though he tries….November has not killed the beauty in the garden!

  22. Kathy Sturr says:

    You are so talented Eliza, bringing beauty to all us beholders through your very keen eye!

  23. Thoroughly intriguing✨🕊

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