Thursday, November 06, 2008

Stay gold


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.

10 comments:

Gail said...

The gold looks lovely, especially with your brick...reds while nice would disappear! Stick with the golds!....It's gold here in Nashville, too! Lots of it. With the sun's winter angle the back lighting on the leaves is wonderful...gail

Carol said...

I've got some gold accenting the red in my garden... hostas, the redbud (which is not as gold as some years), and the blue dogbane one of the goldest of golds. Wow, if that was real gold, I'd be richer than Mr. Gates.

Great topic!! (Ha, I nearly spit out my tea when I read that little bit of "link love". Thank you, and I really look forward to your next post on garden seating.)

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I agree with Gail. The reds would disappear against your brick. The golds have it.

Kathy said...

We have gold now, too, the gold of larch. My hostas are way past gold, having gone to mush.

MA said...

Sheesh. I shoulda thot of using May Dreams post ideas, too! Let's see, the primary colors in my autumn garden are....

And just to be contrary, I think the right reds would look awesome with your brick house.

Cindy, MCOK said...

There's a wee bit of gold in my garden, thanks to the changing leaves of my Mexican Buckeye. That's the only plant that's feeling fall-ish here on my corner of Katy, though.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I have a lot of gold also in my garden. It just shines in the autumn light. Red is just too flashy!

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Pam/Digging said...

We don't get much in the way of fall color in Austin, but yellow predominates over red. Your golds are beautiful, especially against the red brick of your house.

EAL said...

Thanks everyone. I like bright red too. And thanks Carol. I am only selectively copying you though, it might be an interesting/annoying little experiment to mimic all you post topics as you do them.