Thursday, November 06, 2008
Of course it won’t. After reading Carol/May Dream Gardens post on red in her garden, I was inspired to look at the prevalent fall color in my garden, which is not red, but the possibly more common yellow/gold. (I’m just going to copy Carol’s post topics from now on. She has a lot of them. Why didn’t I think of this before?)
Anyway, gold and yellow are obviously the big fall colors for me. Both the front easeway and back garden maples (top) turn gold before falling, as does the cherry tree (above). I have a red maple in front, but it’s not a bright red. Also, there seems to be a problem with many of the maple trees around here; they get some kind of icky disease many years. I wonder too if the colors change from year to year, and I think they can age from a reddish orange to gold as well.
By the pond, this climbing hydrangea has really come into its own. This is the best it’s ever looked. These take a while to get going, as I’ve commented before, but when they’re finally happy, look out! The wisteria also turns gold, which finally makes it easier to tell from the trumpet vine, with which it is inextricably entwined. (Other gardeners find it incredible that I grow both wisteria and trumpet vine—together.) Most fall hostas (below) will be bright yellow at this time, as is my Annabelle hydrangea shrub, which I’ve yet to photograph. I’ll try to add it tomorrow.