09 October 2009

A Walk in His Gardens: Early Autumn Palette

Less then one month into my favorite season and the colors are beautiful!
The white and purple of most of the lavenders continue as the night temperatures drop but the daytime highs have been for the most part quite nice. Our new mums are a mixture of white and purple too; we also have blooming roses still in a variety of colors including white, orangish and more.

Changing with the season are the leaves of the ash trees in a nearby town--
this photo does NOT do justice to the wonderful yellow of these!
Seed pods are still forming on the Japanese maples--some a light pinkish shade like on this tree; those on the red laceleaf maples are darker.
Also with red tones are the flowering cherry and dogwood, some azaleas, the barberry
and -- of course --the crocosmia.
I LOVE crocosmia (but then you already know that!)
I love red too--in fact I am hoping to add some more of that to our home in 2010. If I survive the BIG project that is :)
Red can also be found on two of our strawberries; this one is as big as a Hood berry--one of the NW June bearing favorites. Yum---guess I will have to force myself to eat it tomorrow; unless the deer get it before me that is.
YES, there has been a Bambi sighting -- again.
And yes I missed it -- again. Super sigh.
Reddish tones on an upright maple tree not located in our garden but no matter -- our two laceleafs are becoming more red as the days pass.
I love the contrast between the light bark and that beautiful, gorgeous red, don't you?
OK. Confession time.
Yellow (like that found on aspen and ash trees) and red are my favorite autumn colors
and yet this year I find myself
really, really loving the colors of the different gourds - winter squash and pumpkin
that I am seeing too! So pretty!

This photo was taken during a trip in NW Oregon at a farm there. They also had amazing apples, honey, ornamental corn and a LOT more!
(photos and info on the trip there and to some other farms to be posted soon).
I LOVE PNW farms; really I do!
Which reminds me I need to check out apple cider at our local farms soon.
Now actually this coppery color is NOT a good sign even though it was a beautiful sight! It means the plant really is tired and stressed out over our continuing summer weather and that this poor baby longs for a long, deep, good soaking. Poor plant--I am caught between hoping it gets its wish and loving our current blue skies and warm temperatures.
And the kiwi keeps growing-although they would have probably been larger had they received more irrigation this summer. I love the fuzzy brown amidst the green leaves and pretty vines! And today, when my sibling visited, they found another one I hadn't spotted yet!!
. I can hardly wait for harvest time which should be soon---I think.
Not shown but also adding color--and later food- to our autumn garden are: Concord & Niagara grapes (deep purple and green respectively), lingonberries (red with some white blossoms still), evergreen huckleberries (dark, dark bluish), Comice pears (yellowish with red blush) and a few prunes (you know what color they are, right?) Oh we also have some yellow raspberries left, a bit of baby reddish leaf lettuce and some really, really sad looking red peppers; I never seem to have luck with peppers. Sigh.
But the two never before seen surprises for color this fall have been
the forsythia which is happily producing its normally springtime lemony yellow blossoms now amidst the green and autumn red of its many leaves
and one of our blueberries. The one--always a spring bloomer, summer harvest berry apparently thinks its spring again too! Confusion seems to have reigned in our garden all of this past year. Kind of fun though!

This was September 21st
and this just the other day.
So what's happening in your gardens and what is your fav autumn color?
As above.

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