Saturday, November 5, 2011

Trees in Autumn

While I don't look forward to winter, I do love fall and the ambience that goes with it. Crisp, cool air that just feels good when you breathe it in. Crystal clear and deep blue skies. The aroma of harvested grain and of the earthy, already decaying garden.

Perhaps the best part of all is the display of color that goes with it all. We never know what we're going to get, especially after a particularly hot and dry summer. Sometimes that makes everything just brown in autumn. If that were the only deciding factor, that's surely what we would have gotten this fall. But, au contraire!

Though some trees never colored up as they normally do, there has been no shortage of spectacular color displays. The Japanese maples have been especially nice.

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba Shidare'

Acer palmatum 'Beni kawa', a coral bark Japanese maple

Acer palmatum 'Emperor I'

Acer palmatum 'Koto no ito' a.k.a. 'Harp Strings'

Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) with Euonymus alata in the background

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) detail

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice') shrub in front of
Arkansas Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii)

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Unknown maple

Remember the Wisconsin willow that shed most of its leaves in June, due to bacterial wetwood disease? 

The one that we were sure would be dead by midsummer, but wasn't?

I'm happy to report that it still has its leaves, although they're turning yellow. It will be interesting to see if our intervention helps it survive the winter and if it lives to shade Max's Garden for another year. We've got our fingers crossed.


Each year, Dave from The Home Garden sponsors The Fall Color Project. See his site for more fall color from around the blogosphere.


Anonymous said...

so glad I found your gem of a blog...beautiful pictures today ;-)

Kylee Baumle said...

The GIPSY in the PARLOUR ~ Thank you! And welcome to Our Little Acre! :-)

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Great pictures Kylee! Love the Japanese maples especially 'Harp Strings'. Very cool! I love the coral bark maples to but haven't added any yet here. Thanks for joining in the Fall Color Project!

Unknown said...

Beautiful photos, love the amazing colors and your kitty looks a lot like one I have - they always look great in the garden!

Kylee Baumle said...

Dave ~ Yes, 'Harp Strings' is especially lovely. Mine is pretty small, but it's done well here. My coral bark is small, too. Only the 'Emperor I' is large.

bakingbarb ~ Thanks! We have six outside cats (all rescues) and they keep us company in the gardens. It would feel strange not to have cats with me when I garden!

The Graceful Gardener said...

Beautiful fall colors! Your JMaples are stunning...mine are starting to put on a show too. Really like the color and texture of the Bald Cypress this time of year.
Absolutely love your blog!

Kylee Baumle said...

The Graceful Gardener ~ Thank you! Fall is just such a work of art. My dawn redwoods are as lovely as the bald cypress.

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