Sunday, October 26, 2008

Late October thunderstorm

We had a thunderstorm here aournd 6 this evening. Then the sun came out and there was the biggest, most intense rainbow I'd ever seen. I grabbed my camera, and here's what it looked like from my front porch. It was still thundering when I took this.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Best fall color - more trees and shrubs

Although there are still golfers playing at the course across the road from us, Toby and I have been able to start having morning walks there. If we get there early enough, we done before there's any danger of balls hitting us. The course has some magnificant trees, such as the oak above.

The sugar maples have colored beautifully this year

Our shrub border with eastern redbud,
double-file viburnum and cotoneaster

Our magnificant little black gum tree (Nyssa sylvatica)

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Fall color - the season's star trees and shrubs

It's been a fantastic autumn for great foliage color. Here are some favorites from my garden this season. They all happen to be North American natives.

Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

Serviceberry (Amlanchier canadensis)

The serviceberry leaves were more intensely colored this fall than I've ever seen them before.

Dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii)

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Heavy-duty frost at last

We've had frost here and there, mostly in low-lying areas, but this was the scene yesterday morning when we finally got a serious killing frost. I love getting out with the camera on frosty mornings like this.

This was the scene from breakfast room window,
looking at our meadow and the corn field across the road

Our wild border, the one taken over by golden rod and asters

So why do I write frost "at last"? Well, very soon I will get a much longed-for break from gardening and mowing. It's a good thing we have four seasons. I don't think I'd be happy in a climate where you could garden all year long. You can get too much of a good thing.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fall splendour to gorgeous to rake up

We are at the peak of fall color. A good wind yesterday saw leaves falling like rain. They look so pretty on the ground along the laneway that I'm reluctant to mow over them or rake them up.

Flowers are mostly gone, but leaves more than make up for that

The shrub border behind the four-square garden (below)
with yellow backdrop of tree farm ashes

Molinia 'Skyracer' grasses frame sundial base my husband carved

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Grassy fireworks - another fall wonder

These flowers (when it comes to grasses, the experts prefer to use the term inflorescence) from one of my Miscanthus grasses look like fireworks going off. Isn't that fun?

A fireworks picture I took in the summer

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Blooming merrily in the cooler temperatures

My mandevilla vine, planted on trellis at the patio is still blooming beautifully. No hard frost here yet.

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