Thursday, October 28, 2010

Some Pretty Leaves & a Little Doggie Drama

It doesn't seem to matter where you look - it's all simply gloriously beautiful.  While there are some Norway Maples that are completely green and the oaks are still steadfastly holding onto their leaves - this really is the beginning of the end of the fall colour in this area - so while it's still brilliant I'm going to give you a walking tour through the neighbourhood and my garden. 

 Down at the Lake many owners are planting grasses.  Some of the varieties would be quite invasive further south.  However, here there are few that actually seed themselves.

These are the colours I'm trying to fix in my mind ahead of our winter of grey.

 You can see here in the leash-free area - there are many trees that are bare now.

 Back in my own garden, I'm surprise to see just how magnificent my Lilium looks.

If I could find wool this colour, I'd knit myself Calycanthus florida mitts.

Really contrasty, but yet another reason to grow Hydrangea quercifolia.

 This is the Japanese Maple by the dining room.  It was only about a meter high when I got it - nothing like a tree to show you how old you're getting.

Just to give you an idea of where everything is living - you can see the maple again at the left of the photo - and the Calycanthus in the bed to the right.  Don't know who put all those leaves on my lawn.....

Two days ago, I was doing a forced march down to the lake hoping to capture the Lake with the cool light.  Remembered the words of my photo teacher Theresa Forte - "don't forget to turn around now and again - you may find the better picture".  While it isn't the most remarkable photo in the world - it really does give an impression of what the colour of light was like that morning.

And alas, this is what it was like at Lake Ontario.    Always beautiful....but where's the light?

Had I been there a little earlier, this could have been a little better.

 Does this tree/shrub ring a bell for anyone?  Really like the shape of its leaves.

 I wish I had room for one of these - Cercidiphyllum japonicum.  Adorable when small - awe inspiring when full grown.  When you stand beneath the tree, it looks like thousands of chains of green hearts.  The fall colour is impressive as well.

A species clematis I'm trying to make mind up about.  At this moment, with these seeds, I'm willing to grant it a reprieve for next year.

 Kolkwitzia 'Dream Catcher'.  The blooms so far have been quite insignificant - and I'm not sure having yellow leaves makes up for that loss - sort of a sad sack sister of a Beauty Bush.  However, I'm liking its form and colour.  Perhaps another year in the garden?

I probably leave my hosta a bit too long in the fall garden - but when I see how pretty so many of them are right now, I'm willing to yank slimy leaves in November.


The totally cool Hamamelis - psychedelic in the autumn - shows up to bloom in March on St. Paddy's day with snow on the ground.  A shrub that marches to the beat of its own drum.

The Perilla had been very late to set seed.  Do hope they mature in time for next year.  It is so gorgeous in the flower garden and one of the worst tasting herbs on the planet. 

This is a building lot in the neighbourhood.  Fingers crossed that this tree figures large in the plans.

More scrummy colour.

And finally, the doggie drama - leave now if dogs are not your thing!  Bart and I went off to the vet for his annual shots.  He was full of trepidation and extremely nervous.  Unlike my old Saints who were smart enough, he seems to remember almost everything - and the visits to the vets have not been pleasant.

So, after being completely spoiled (in between pokes, shots and prods he was given "pate - rhymes with okay!" on a Popsicle stick.  One of the shots was a new rabies shot that last for 3 years.  So, after getting one last tablespoon of fancy doggie food, it was off the table and out of the office. 

I promised I'd lash myself to a tree and show you the waves - sadly not that spectacular - but the winds were gusty enough to move the camera around.  Headed out of the harbour was a fellow for one last sail - probably a day you dream about if you're a sailor - so many of the boats have been hauled out by now.  Just so you know - the brown in the water is from the red clay of the soil.  We'd had rain the night before - hence the gunky looking water at the mouth of 16 Mile Creek.

Here's the walkway we took down to the water - you'd never know how windy it was looking in this direction.

Thanks for humouring me - more sail boat - working on my zoom.  Obviously more work to do, but getting better.

And here we are, standing on the best skipping stones in the world ready to go back to the car.

At home, I noticed that Bart was not himself.  Put his head down in his basket and wouldn't lift it for TURKEY.  Kevin picked him up and he gave a huge yelp.  It seemed that his stomach, legs, shoulder were all tender to the touch.  Holding him he just shuddered.   He was making the most mournful little dog noises.  So, I called the vet - got the receptionist - she called Dr. Warren - seems that Bart was having a reaction to his shot.  We met Dr. Warren at his office with poor little Bart.  After two more shots - and another spoonful of fancy pate - we were on our way.  By 10:00 he seemed to be in less pain and had started to sleep.  This morning he was my constant office companion - by noon he was starting to defend the house.  Called Dr. Warren this am to say all was well and he was on the mend.  Wonder if they make Medic Alert bracelets for dogs?

 Bart after his rough night.


Northern Shade said...

Your series of fall picture over the last few weeks, with lots of fiery reds has be nostalgic for autumn in Ontario. In Alberta, the fall colours are much more subdued.

I especially like your Japanese maple, wonderful colour, shape and leaf shape.

Northern Shade said...

PS, Hope Bart is more chipper now. Who will keep the garden paths worn, and let the squirrels know what's what?

Barry said...


So glad to hear that Bart is back to his exhuberant self again, nothing like a medical scare!
Now, onto the species Clematis in your photo. You MUST keep it. So few people grow them and for me, they are tops! I assume you are speaking of either C heracleifolia or C tubulosa, based on the habit of the one in the photo.

Try Cercidiphyllum 'Red Fox'.... buy it small and sit back and watch. Mine is three years old as is still only about 8' in height. This year I actually got to bear witness to the wonderful sugary aroma just prior to it losing its foliage. Great photos as usual.

sweetbay said...

I'm glad Bart is feeling better. Will you space out his shots next time? We do that with the horses if conditions are stressful, such as extreme heat in August. I love his half mask and tulip ears.

Wonderful fall pictures. You're having glorious fall color up there.

Peggy said...

Hi Barbara, your 'fall' photos are magnificent.We don't ever have too much colour but this year we do as we have had a fairly dry warm summer and autumn. I love your shots of the boats on the bay, I am glad poor Bart is on the mend, all is well that ends well!

Carol said...

Lovely autumn photos Barbara! Love the shadow shot too. The street shots are magical in that light. Hope your sweet Bart is all better by now. ;.)

Grace Peterson said...

It looks beautiful in your part of the country. I love the lake photos and I would be hoarding those wonderful flat rocks if I lived anywhere near there! And of course the photos of your garden reveal your splendid design prowess. Glad to hear the little pooch is doing better.

Knatolee said...

Hope Bart is feeling much better now! He is so adorable.

Love all the leaf (and other!) photos. Our leaves are all done, snow on the ground this morning. You have a gorgeous fall display going on around you!

garden girl said...

Beautiful fall color in your garden and all around your area Barbara! So glad Bart is feeling better.

Barbarapc said...

Barbarapc: Thanks to all for your good wishes for Bart - he is back to his old self.
N.S. The Japanese maples are my absolute favs. Have to hold myself back when I see they go on sale. We're going to start to look a little Alberta-like - the reds are disappearing and after our first frost today many more leaves will be hitting the pavement.
Barry - Thanks for the push - it was grown from seed and it may be either of those or C. stans. Thanks for the heads-up on the Red Fox - I've got to do a re-org around the property - starting to get a bit bitsy for my liking - nothing like having a little treasure to start those creative juices flowing!
S.B. It truly is one of the best autumns I can remember - the colours change every day - just don't know where to point the camera. Thanks for the word of advice about the shots - I know with our danes & saints & their puppy shots we used to space them out - will have a word with the vet to see if that might be a good idea for Bart next year!
Thanks Peggy - took a look at your shots of Limerick - and even with your dry summer and fall - all was still a gorgeous green.
Carol - it has been a fun season for photos. If only I could figure out how to get my inside work done at the same time I'm outside with my camera....
Thank you Grace, it is indeed gorgeous. My grandpa and I used to go down to the lake and try to make them skip. Believe me - you could spend your life trying to hoard those flat rocks - there are tonnes of them!
Knatolee - thank you. Snow already! Although I guess it's about time where you live, isn't it. We've just had our first morning of frost. So things will be changing very quickly from now on, won't be too long before we see our first snow as well.
gg - I'm out with Bart to make more pictures. He's back to his old self & decided he's not too fussy on this colder weather.