Autumn Imperfection


Autumn often brings a bit of imperfection to the garden. 

The foliage around us is a little tired and droopy.  Greens are fading to brown.  Bright colors may appear, highlights on our trees for a few days; but we know it will fade all too soon.


Mexican blue sage


“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…
but merely to be LIVED.
Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly,
imperfectly, magically LIVED.”
Mandy Hale


Dahlia ‘Nuit d’Ete’


Every autumn flower feels precious.  We stop to enjoy the sweet, fleeting fragrance of ginger lily and roses.



We stop to admire the ever deepening colors of the berries and Lantana.  We find beauty in the seed heads of the Rudbeckia, and the beauty berries so plump now they look like they might pop.



“The eye always fills in the imperfections.”
Rabih Alameddine




Birds fill the garden, gorging themselves on the ripening berries, drying seeds and abundant insects.   They appear suddenly from their hiding places, shooting through the air from shrub to tree as we move about.  We see living flashes of yellow, red, black, white, grey and brown as they celebrate the moment and fill the air with life.

We hear their exuberant song from first light until they click and chirp softly to themselves, as they settle in the bamboo at dusk.



Even as the garden fades into its autumn disarray, we find it beautiful.

Its ‘perfect imperfection’ reminds us to find the beauty in each day, and to savor its sweetness.



“A scar is not always a flaw.
Sometimes a scar may be redemption inscribed in the flesh,
a memorial to something endured,
to something lost.”
Dean Koontz

Caladium ‘White Delight’ at sunset

Woodland Gnome 2017


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

4 responses to “Autumn Imperfection

  1. Beautiful swan song. The Alameddine quote states perfectly a thought that occurs to me often, especially when the camera insists on capturing all of the imperfections.

  2. My garden is slowly fading away but some flowers linger on and I treasure each one.

  3. Nice quote. I love your flowers 🙂

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