Saturday, November 21, 2009

More Fall Color -- In 18 Images

Many pics of final fall color over the last two warm weeks. This cornucopia of color has to hold us all until April and May, so imbibe deeply (and those stupid icicle Chistmas lights where only a few odd sections blink irregularly do not count). One good thing about wandering the garden this time of year is finally seeing all the places where the monarchs got their pupation on. I found an empty chrysalis on the dwarf arctic blue willow deep inside the branches.

I'm quite happy with the form and color of the garden--the form is something I can see much more clearly with no leaves vs. with gaudy leaves and flowers in the way. But I realize this garden really isn't as big as I once thought it was. I would love to plant more chokeberries (brilliant red fall color and fruit), but don't have the scratch. Or the itch to dig.

There is always two sides to every garden.

'Cascade Falls' Bald Cypress

Aster tartaricus

'Fineline' Buckthorn

Bee with pollen on aster.

Eupatorium 'Wayside'

I call it Golden Smokebush because the cultivar name escapes me at the moment.

Doesn't this lovely ground sedum (unknown) look like you could eat it and it'd taste like rainbow suger? I felt like Richard Brautigan there for a second.

Even the Geraniums do stuff.

Two yards of mulch. I'm not like Mr. Renegade Gardener who doesn't mulch his stuff. I need to improve my clay and protect fall transplants.

Unknown Fothergilla.

'Royal' Smokebush

'Ogon' Spiraea all decked out like a kaleidoscope colliding with my eyes.

'Coppertina' Ninebark. Let's hear it for shrubs that look sweet all year long, transforming themselves into at least 4-5 different ones throughout the year!

Sedum and Amsonia hubrichtii

'Little Henry' Itea loves you super long time with lasting color.

Spiraea 'Goldmound' also a rainbow of delight. Anyone else want some sherbet?

A terrific image if you click and expand. The low afternoon sun created such a delightful haze (get it?) backlighting the various colors of leaves and stems.

Next post may not be for a while. Sad, I know. Hope the five of you can manage.


mr_subjunctive said...

We'll talk among ourselves.

Is your Sedum NOID possibly S. rubrotinctum? Do you care?

(You'd better care. I looked up the link and everything.)

Benjamin Vogt said...

Mr. S--Whoa. By your command. I looked it up in my messy ecords and think it's actually Sedum album ‘Coral Carpet.' I got a few trays free from my mom, leftover from her landscaper. I hope we are cool, yo?

mr_subjunctive said...

Of course. All you had to do was claim to care.

Or imply. Implying you care works too. Which you appear to have done.

I wonder what it's like as a houseplant. S. rubrotinctum sucks indoors (leaves fall off all the time, hard to get enough light on it), as it happens.

Les said...

It was very thoughtful of your plants to coordinate their colors so well together. I hope your itch comes back soon.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Les, I sure thought it was thoughtful. Especially after I sang to them and let them sleep with me when it gets scary outside.