A Bit More Fall Color and a Spam Alert
There’s some decent fall color in our garden right now, though it’s an area I’ve identified for future improvement. This long, mild autumn has given us more time to enjoy the seasonal hues, though for some plants it may have delayed the arrival of fall color.
The ‘Autumn Brilliance’ Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora) looks good as it does every year. When I see these leaves I feel sad that I lost several young Serviceberries to girdling from rapacious rabbits a few years ago.
The leaves on the Cranberrybush Viburnum (V. trilobum) are mostly still green. The exception is the cultivar ‘Wentworth’, of which I have just one.
The Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) turns a nice yellow.
Judy said that from a distance our ‘Golden Raindrops’ Crabapple looks like a bowl of succotash (a dish of sweet corn and lima beans) in that it is simultaneously bright green and bright yellow. The tiny fruits give the cultivar its name.
Grey Dogwood (Cornus racemosa) did not turn golden yellow until early November, just a few days ago.
I’m a little embarrassed to have this Burning Bush (Euonymous alata), which is an invasive species around here and in much of North America. Judy refuses to let me take it down. It does have great color, though.
When I look at the incredible fall Amsonia display at Lurie Garden, I feel disappointed by my handful of little Bluestars (Amsonia tabernaemontana). They will look more impressive as they fill in, I suppose. Though the showiest Bluestars at Lurie are A. hubrichtii.
On the other hand, I really love the color of the Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum).
‘Cassie’ is the little rose that never gives up. There are more tiny red hips than flowers now …
but the flowers keep coming.
I’m quite happy with my little patch of Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), a mix of ‘Standing Ovation’ and ‘The Blues’.
Here’s a closer look at how the tiny seedheads glow in the afternoon light.
The Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’) is in the process of turning from green to yellow, giving it an appealing stripey look.
And finally, the seeds of the Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) have fully ripened, just as the foliage is also turning from green to yellow.
Here’s a closer look.
Now, as to that spam alert. What I mean is that the internet gods seem to feel that my comments on many of your blogs should be relegated to the spam folder. I don’t know what I did to offend them, but I will try to make amends. In the meantime, you might want to check your spam folder if I have been a regular commenter on your blog but have been silent in the recent past.
Enjoy the fall color while it lasts, and may the internet gods look with favor upon all your endeavors.