A perfect garden is every gardener’s dream and creating perfection in the garden is no easy job. You can easily spot umpteen imperfections therein. But imperfections are equally enjoyable. You can accept imperfection in garden. It’s still so beautiful.

Instead of seeking perfection, try to put away the dictionary and let perfection develop on its own. Think about accepting daisy sprouting up in the middle of a pathway. What a miracle it is to grow from seed to seedling to flowering plant with a sparkling brightness all its own.

Perfection encompasses the world of sunshine and floods, warm rain and black spot, loamy soil and an aching back.

In late October and mid-November, the pathways in our gardens are strewn with lovely patterns of overlapping leaves that have fallen from the trees above. Autumn leaves come in a unique palette of colors. The russets, umbers, ambers and dun of deciduous maple, ash and oak trees lay at our feet.

Under the Japanese maples you will find colorful leaf tips touching like hands poised to join in prayer.

Many American gardeners garden strictly by the book. They read the monthly lists at the back of magazines and do each chore by a specific date. Fountains are drained on Sept. 21. Roses are heeled into the ground for winter protection before first frost. In the Northwest, seasonal advice from around the country may not seem quite so imperative. Lawns are often more lush in winter than in the midst of the regular gardening season. They are certainly greener with less efforts.

By November, the deeply veined leaves of Viburnum bodnantense “Dawn” will turn a dark scarlet and loose clusters of fragrant, cotton candy pink flowers will be in bloom. On a warm December morning the ornamental cherry Prunus subhirtella “Autumnalis” will shoot dainty, shell-pink blossoms out of bare branches.

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