A Slow Fall
Autumn this year has not been very autumnal. From childhood I associate fall with a raw chill and leafy puddles. This year, however, has been unusually dry and warm, conditions associated with more modest seasonal color.
There is still some color to be seen, though.
The Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) leaves have turned a buttery yellow.
The Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) climbing up the telephone poll in the alley is now red and orange.
It’s starting to climb along my back fence as well.
Like a lot of trees and shrubs that normally show a dramatic color by now, the Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum) is still mostly green. There are a few spots of maroon red, though, and other areas are starting to turn.
‘Autumn Brilliance’ Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora) usually lives up to its name, but this year it dropped a lot of leaves early, diluting its normal visual impact.
If you look down the street in front of our house you can see that some of the trees have turned, though I would argue there is still less color than there would be in a typical late October.
But back to our own garden. In addition to the shrubs and trees, some perennials are showing foliage color, like this Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum).
And let’s not forget the grasses. I have a clump of Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)planted just this year, including the straight species and the varieties ‘Jazz’ and ‘Carousel’. Looking forward to seeing these grasses bulk up.
The straight species Little Bluestem may tend to flop, but I think its color is just as good as the cultivars.
There’s also a ‘Shenandoah’ Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in this spot that I rescued from another location where it was being shaded out. I’m glad to say it is making a decent comeback.
There are two great big clumps of ‘Northwind’ Switchgreass in the Sidewalk Border. This year there seems to be a bit more orange in its normal tan fall color.
I wonder if this also is a result of the weather.
Finally, there is Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), always a star among grasses in fall and late summer.
It should be mentioned that again Judy is out of town so I had to take these pictures myself. Grasses are tricky, aren’t they?
I am linking this post with Christina’s Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, at My Hesperides Garden. Check out her blog for more beautiful autumn foliage.
How is the fall color in your garden this year?