Wednesday, October 20, 2010

No Need for Sleeping Pills - Put Your Head on Your Screen and Scroll Down for More Fall Colour

I'm utterly helpless.  I'm drawn to the trees and their colour.   This is the easy part of Fall:  the brisk walks, the cool on your face and the warmth of the low sun on your back; the bright skies and the swish of dry piles
of leaves.    Soon enough there'll be icy rain, grey skies, dark grey tree trunks and rotting piles of gooey leaves.   But until then, I'm going to take as many photos as I can!

The winds have picked up over the last few days and you can begin to see the bare branches.

I love it when trees are permitted to be as big as they grow.  Such a wonderful form.  I'm so-so with my tree i.d but think it's a Gymnocadus dioicus - Kentucky Coffee Tree.  It is pretty close to its most northern range here.  There are some specimens near the lake that are immense (and according to Trees in Canada they are the largest of any of our native trees - so how 'bout that!).

Which of course gives me the perfect opportunity to show you the little peanut version I planted from seed that is growing in my front garden.  However, Blogger is not loading photos at the moment, so you've been spared from seeing my tree child photo.

It didn't matter how I pointed my camera - it looked good this way....and if I turned around, it looked good this way too.

 It's fun to see the difference in yellows - the tree in front with the brighter yellow is a Ginkgo - the one behind a maple.

Hmmmm, wonder if the nice new drive had anything to do with the death of the old trees......?

 Now, this is my favourite neighbourhood tree.  Every time I go by I just want to give it a hug. 

 Got most of my borderline plants sorted and into the house when I got home - tearing apart planters to save some of the pricier plant material.  I brought up these begonias to the deck that I got from Loblaws at the very beginning of the season to trial.  Can you believe how fabulous they still look.  I couldn't toss them into the compost yet.  I stopped fertilizing a month ago & I confess wasn't so conscientious with the watering either.  They look good in spite of my dodgy horticultural practices.  Yeah Loblaws!

And to finish up - a little more leaf colour - of course.  I was at Landscape Ontario's October show 'Expo' yesterday.  It was great to reconnect with so many of my friends & to see what was new.  I'll do a post later in the week about all the wonderful things I saw, but for now, have a look at this: 

It is Spirea 'Sunset Glory' from wholesale nursery Downham in Strathroy. Who will pick it up?  They're not sure. In person it is as wonderfully over-the-top colourful as a Burning Bush. Their field photos show shocking yellow lower leaves with blazing red leaves on top. It does have pink flowers - not all that fabulous - size - they're not absolutely certain - but about chest high. I'm thinking if you have a big garden that can hold a non-descript plant for the summer season with an incredible payoff in the fall - this might be something you'd want to consider.


Northern Shade said...

Yellow, gold, orange and red leaves are always exciting. :) I mentioned on your last post, how much I like the tunnel effect of tree branches meeting over top of a road. Especially when you can scuffle through the leaves as you walk down the sidewalk. That's what I think is infinitely better about established neighbourhoods with lovely mature trees.

A few of my begonias toughed out the first frosts, since the site next to my front door is a little sheltered. Since all the other pots are finished, I keep forgetting to water them too, and they are covered overhead, so they get no rain.

Barbarapc said...

N.S. Old neighbourhoods really are fabulous for giving you the cathedral effect - often gives me the feeling of coloured windows the way the leaves change the colour of everything around. Looks like it doesn't matter where you live in Canada at the moment, we can't deny that fall is here and winter is just around the corner.

Elephant's Eye said...

I'm wondering, the water in your pictures, are we looking at the ocean? Or are you on a lake?