Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Day of the Dead

On November 1 and 2, Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead, or El Día de los Muertos. While one may think this is a time for grief and sadness, in fact, it is a time when Mexicans happily and lovingly remember their loved relatives that have died.

Looking around the garden today, I'm feeling very much the same way. Many of my beloved plants have died for the season (or at least gone dormant). The vivaciousness of their lives a few months ago is now replaced with skeletons of what they once were. And yet, I do think there is still beauty to be seen:

Seed pods of Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) nestled amongst 
Black Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry')

Seed pods of Abelia shrub (above and below)

Seed heads of Black-Eyed Susan (Rubeckia goldsturm)

Brown and dry Hydrangeas

Fading Montauk Daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum)

These plants may be gone for the season, but certainly not forgotten. Spring will be here before we know it. And we'll be able to enjoy them in their glory all over again.


  1. I was in Costa Rica during the Day of the Dead celebration. It was such a new experience for me. Very enlightening.

  2. I would love to be in Mexico for the Day of The Dead. Millions of Monarchs might be flying around on route to the higher overwintering sites. I love the look of your spent garden. Life withdrawn but not gone for good. Happy November. ;>)

  3. Great way to look at it. Loved the pics.

  4. Nice way to celebrate the change in seasions - thanks Kate!

  5. There is a certain beauty that only the gardener can enjoy in these seed pods. I went around and collected a bouquet of them today, and with a bronze leaf from a peony and a red leaf from a penstomen, it is really quite lovely. Well, to me, anyway.

  6. I agree with you, Kate. There is a beauty in the plants that tried so hard to please us during summer!

  7. Dear Kate, The Day of the Dead is exactly the same as happens in Hungary on November 1st. The cemeteries are all alight with candles and it is a most magical experience.

    You are quite right that your spent blooms also have an etheral beauty. Just sleeping as they wait for Spring.

  8. I would love to be in Mexico to celebrate the day of the dead. I absolutely agree that there is still beauty locked into the spent garden that has been blooming all summer.


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