Friday, October 23, 2009

Photo Journal: Autumn Color at Our Little Acre

The morning greeted me with downpours of rain and continued until mid-afternoon. This put an end to the nicer days of our Indian Summer, but for several brief shining moments, the sun returned long enough for me to capture some colorful fall images here in Zone 5b.

Washington Hawthorn tree (Crataegus phaenopyrum)
The birds love the little red berries!

Clockwise, starting at bottom left:
Fothergilla 'Mt. Airy', Spearmint (Mentha spicata), Weigela florida 'Wine and Roses', and Mountain Bluet (Centaurea montana)

Green Bottle Fly on Verbena bonariensis

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' (back) and Pennisetum alepocuroides 'Hameln' (front), with yellowing daylily foliage on the right

Dendranthema 'Rhumba' sits in the shadow of the Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa)

'Prophet Series' Mum and Hosta

A hard rain with no wind causes leaves to simply drop at this Ginkgo's feet, among the hardy Geranium 'Firefly' and Lily Turf (Liriope muscari).

Someone needs to do some raking!

Unknown Crabapple species (Malus sp.)

Luna (and the other cats) thinks this bird bath is a fancy drinking dish just for them. Astilbe 'Color Flash' is living up to its name, in the background.

Max's Garden entrance is awash in golden fall colors. In the foreground is Arkansas Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii)

Japanese Maple 'Harp Strings' (Acer palmatum 'Koto no ito'), purchased at this year's Cincinnati Flower Show, is small and will eventually reach 6-8 feet.

Boo pauses between sips of water from a terra cotta saucer.

The maple tree's falling leaves are caught by the ground cover below it, Ajuga reptans or Bugleweed.

Unknown Viburnum, with yellowing Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria sp.) and blooming Colchicum 'Waterlily'

Join Dave at The Home Garden for more fall color around the world.


Anonymous said...

Spectacular post, Kylee! Beautiful fall colour.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Just beautiful colors Kylee.

sweetbay said...

I love your pictures, they're beautiful!

Sarah from Toronto Gardens said...

Landscape and fall season is so similar to how things are right now in Ontario. Beautiful foliage, lovely grasses, and so many nice pics.

Particularly love the ones with your pussycats! Cats in the garden are so perfect.

Chloe m said...

I must add also that your pictures are astoundingly those cats, Kylee

kate smudges said...

Gorgeous colours and beautiful photographs Kylee. The harp springs maple is exquisite in its colouring. Luna and Boo look as if they are having a good time too.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What beautiful colors you have there. That first picture really caught my attention with the birdhouse and then the trees and pretty sky in the background.

garden girl said...

So much pretty fall color in your garden Kylee! I just love it when the hostas have a chance to yellow before they melt from frost.

Dave@The Home Garden said...

Awesome colors Kylee! I especially love the viburnum. A beautiful red. THe ornamental grasses look great too! Very cool stuff. Thanks for joining in! I'll have a post up soon, I've been away from the computer all day.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I can tell you are a zone colder than we are Kylee. Your garden looks to be way into fall. We aren't far behind though. Luna and Boo look so pretty in the garden. It is after all Boo's time of the year.

Sarah Laurence said...

So much interesting variation in color! Fun to see the cats enjoying it too. We've had rain, warm weather and ladybugs too. I loved the composition of the maple leaf and ground cover shot.

Jane Doe said...

Don't you just love the color of fall? Gorgeous photos, Kylee.

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