Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Autumn's last hurrah....

Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple)

Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry'

Blustery winds from the west and northwest are quickly laying the trees bare of the colorful foliage that has been amazing this fall. Lows of 25 degrees coming soon will put an end to much of what has been a glorious autumn. Today I am sharing photos, mostly from today (10/29) and the final strokes from God's amazing brush and palette...

Magnolia 'Royal Star' with Pinus strobus 'Pendula'

Larix decidua just starting to turn above and today below

Once the foliage has departed one might think a gardener could be prone to distress... quite the contrary... there is in reality, a marvelous treasure to be discovered. This is the unveiling of the buds for next season's magnolia blooms, suddenly visible as all the foliage falls. Providing a gentler winter comes our way, this spring is going to be magnificent... the trees are loaded with flower buds and this gardener is very excited as my magnolia collection is large and the potential is fabulous.

Gingko biloba 'October Glory' to the left of the nicely budded Magnolia 'Simple Pleasures'

Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii' (River's Purple Beech) viewed from the west
Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii' (River's Purple Beech) viewed from the east with 'Treearing Tree"

Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' (fernleaf beech) to rear & 'Purple Fountain' in front with its amazing branch structure
Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' (fernleaf beech) to rear & Aesculus carnea 'Briottii' front left with Magnolia sieboldii to right

With Acer palmatum 'Tamukeyama'
As you can see, we've reached the season of rich golds and coppers approaching browns... it's so beautiful but I find myself starving for blues in the gardens... that won't happen for another seven months... oh well!

Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' in the path from the greenhouse
Hostas cut low by frost contrast the greens of the rhododendron glade under the mottled bark of Craetagus 'Mountain King'

Malus sargentii 'Firebird'

As I said... this post really needs a touch of blue.... Take care, Larry

Picea pungens 'Procumbens'