Fall Foliage Garden Tour And Muse Day

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

- Joyce Kilmer, 1886-1918, Trees

The views of fall foliage are near peak here at the Fairegarden in southeast Tennessee.

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There are the trees we planted, only a few years old, and the borrowed views of mature trees from the adjoining neighbors. The opening image is a bird’s eye view, thanks to the 20x zoom on the new camera, the Canon Powershot SX1 IS, of the mature maple of the neighboring property to the south, behind the garage. This is no doubt the twin brother of our deceased Ferngully. Click here if you would like to hear his tale. Above, the seedling Japanese maple, one of three such passalongs from neighbors Mae and Mickey is showing the most brilliant ruby hues this year, in nice contrast to the Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Boulevard’. Behind are the golden maples of our neighbor who borders the eastern edge of our land.

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Having evergreens amidst the maples highlights the brighter colors.

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The most eye catching area for fall foliage interest is the small woodland at the southeast corner. These plantings are still young and need to grow on. Ferngully II, a freebie red maple stick for joining the Arbor Society in 2000 is the largest, situated directly in front of its rotting predecessor. On the right the sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, purchased as a stick from the garden shop at The Biltmore has grown and flowered, the whitish panicles like streamers hanging down. The fiery seedling Japanese maple is to the left.

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Out front by the street, on the northwest corner of our lot is the European hearts a bustin’, Euonymous europaeus. A seedling not only shared but planted by neighbor Mickey himself in the spot, complete with a generous bucket of his beautiful compost. The turning leaves and sweet pinky red hearts make this a delightful corner for passersby.

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Still out front and walking over to the northeast corner, where the stand of tall Loblolly Pines, Pinus taeda hold court, a Viginia Creeper vine, Parthenocissus quinquefolia shows its fall splendor. It is growing on a crazy wild cherry tree, the one with lichen on the trunk, (so not deserving of the latin lookup) that is growing right next to a wild American Holly, Ilex opaca. Both are up against one of the pines. Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ dried flower heads can be seen at the lower right. I would love to have the cherry taken out, it is crowding the pine and holly and attracts tent caterpillars by the millions every spring.

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Turning around, standing in the street, the view up the hill shows the muhly still resplendent, the lawn, and Ferngully’s twin at the top right.

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Traveling back up into the garden by the old concrete steps that are all that remains from the house next door that was purchased and demolished to build the garage, we see the happy coincidental planting combination of the newest witch hazel, Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ now turning a gleaming gold, click here to read the story of how he came to live in the Fairegarden last winter, with the white muhly grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘White Cloud’ looking elegant along with the blue spikes, make that spires of Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’. The white/yellow garden never looked better.

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Just to the right of Arnold is the standard trained PeeGee hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ looking the best it ever has. Click here to read about the hydrangea standards.

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Going over to the line of river birches, Betula nigra planted just inside the wooden fence on the western boundary, we see again looking at a borrowed view beyond, this time of mature maple and Chinese Chestnut trees on the vacant lot on the corner, one house over.

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Standing in the vestibule at the back door of the main house, the view of the steep slope seems impossible to capture. It is either too much sun, not enough sun, or raining. The three pink dogwoods on the left side of the steps have already lost their leaves. These are younger trees. The trees on the right of the steps were moved to this house from our first Tennessee house when we moved to Texas in 1997. Offspring Chickenpoet and Semi were living in the house while attending the college here. When we moved from Texas to this house in 2000, the four pink dogwoods were dug up by the backhoe and replanted by several of the men working on the renovation of the house to the right slope from where they had been planted along the wooden fence. Now that is the way to move a tree. Three are on the lower slope and one is in the top corner by the boxwood hedge that surrounds the knot garden.

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Ten years is not old in tree years. Looking back from the western end of the long wall that runs the width of the main house, up once again to view Ferngully’s twin, he needs a better name, we appreciate the older trees in the neighborhood. Someday in the distant future, the trees we have planted will give someone the same thrill, it is hoped. It won’t be us.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.
~Chinese Proverb (Thanks Autumn Belle!)

As the poet said, “only God can make a tree,”
probably because it’s so hard to figure out
how to get the bark on.
– Woody Allen*

Many thanks to the lovely Carolyn Gail of Sweet Home And Garden Chicago for her first of each month hostessing Muse Day and to the dashing Dave of The Home Garden for his fall foliage roundup.

Frances

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45 Responses to Fall Foliage Garden Tour And Muse Day

  1. I really like this season of autumn where everywhere is in reds and golds. The euro hearts looks like cherries, the dried up hydrangnea looks like popcorn and the muhly grass looks like cotton candy…like kinda delicious. You started with a beautiful poem so I’d like to include this quote here:

    The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.
    ~Chinese Proverb

    Oh Autumn Belle, that is the most perfect proverb about trees, thanks for sharing it! I think I will add it to the post. You must have been hungry when you were reading this post. :-)
    Frances

    • Autumn Belle says:

      Frances, thank you very much for including this proverb and my link in you esteemed post. That is so sweet and very kind of you. You have made my day!

      It is I who will thank you, Autumn Belle, that proverb was perfect for the idea I was trying to convey. It makes me happy to have made you happy. :-)
      Frances

  2. James A-S says:

    Is Euonymus europaeus really called Hearts ‘a Bustin’ or is that you being whimsical? Common name over here is spindle which is not nearly as appealing.

    Hi James, that is the name that our neighbor Mickey used when he gave it to us. The tree by that name that is native to the US, E. americana, is similar in leaf but the fruit is bumpy. Both open to reveal the red heart. I saw the name spindle tree when looking up the exact spelling. We have never heard it called that here. Feel free to rename. :-)
    Frances

  3. Darla says:

    Well the weather channel says it’s 49 at the airport so that means about 52 or so here. Still hasn’t been cool enough for long enough to see any fall foliage around here. (we will not have a display like yours either way) I will continue to imagine that I am actually standing on the steps of the slope at Faire Gardens…Lovely colors and the bark on the River Birch, I love it!!

    Thanks Darla. It has been chilly here lately, after the rain finally stopped. The rain knocked many of the leaves off, that pretty show was very short lived. The bark on the river birches is a favorite for us here, it get prettier every year. :-)
    Frances

  4. lynn says:

    Hi Frances! Did it again! I wrote a long note but forgot to log out of WordPress first..oy!
    Love waking up to a new post of yours! I think the foliage show this year have stayed with us longer, what with the great weather and all. The ‘free trees’ I received from the Arbor Society (2007) were all rotten and they never replaced them :( Glad yours was a success.
    Love the last photo of the japanese maple.

    Hi Lynn, oh I am so sorry about your lost comment. You could have sent it under wordpress anyway, maybe put your blogspot link with your name in the comment. I have had to redo the links in this post about a hundred times. Never did get the quotes centered the way I wanted them at the end. Guess the coffee hasn’t kicked it yet. Thanks for those sweet words. I have been trying to post on a regular schedule, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. The weekends are family time. We did receive a bunch of free trees that year, only the maple grew on, I think it’s going to make it. :-)
    Frances

  5. gittan says:

    Hi Frances, another great post today! It allways a pleasure to visit Fairegarden / kram gittan

    Thanks Gittan, you are so sweet. Glad you enjoy your visits here. :-)
    Kram,
    Frances

  6. Joy says:

    Frances this month went way too quickly and we had totally rotten weather. BUT .. my Pacific Sunset Maple did me proud (when my poor Sumac had a bad time of it) .. the comfort I felt when I look out the deck door to see it shining for me was wonderful .. I am a tree hugger and appreciate all the other huggers too !
    Joy
    PS .. I still envy you the Pink Muhly grass .. it is amazing !

    Hi Joy, thanks, October did fly by! The maples are often the most colorful here too, but not always. The leaves have already fallen on many of the trees, the shrubs persist yet though. Sorry about your beloved Sumac. The muhly is beginning to turn, it has had a good year. :-)
    Frances

  7. Gail says:

    Frances, Fairegarden is looking beautiful in her fall finery…her own and her neighbors. You’ve really piqued my curiosity about what your garden looked like before Ferngully croaked. I love the European Hearts-A-Bustin as much as the American….you just can’t beat the fruit bursting open to offer its seeds to the garden. Maybe James will start a trend and rename spindle trees in England. gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. Ferngully was magnificent for a couple of years before he had to come down. The tree guy said he was dying when we bought the property, I didn’t want to believe it. Talk about going from dense shade to full sun! It is starting to get a little more shady back there again, without the dryness of the large maples roots taking all the moisture either. I am not sure where spindle came from, heart’s a bustin’ is much more romantic. Funny James thought I might have just been whimsical, where would he get that idea? HA
    Frances

  8. Gail says:

    ps. Where indeed would he get such an idea! Looks like we might have another nice autumn day!!g

    The sun is shining and the sky is blue. Another great day indeed! :-)
    Frances

  9. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I haven’t read that poem in a long time Frances. I am so glad you brought it out. It is so apt for this time of year and your garden.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. Sometimes simple things are best. It is what came to mind as we uploaded the images. Glad you liked it. :-)
    Frances

  10. Frances,

    I wouldn’t consider myself dashing, unless you find me running through the yard chasing after the little ones! The birch bark is great. The one we planted this spring is already starting to peel at the base. This rain has been great for it!

    Oh you are being too modest, Dave. Having met you in person, dashing is an apt description. The birch bark just gets prettier every year, what wonderful trees those are. The rain has made them much happier this year, and the gardeners as well. :-)
    Frances

  11. Frances, ooh, fall foliage, cool bark, pink grasses and neat berries: It’s a spectacular fall! :)

    Thanks Monica, the day these shots were taken was spectacular. It was hard to trim down the post to a reasonable size with so many pretty images from which to choose. Happiness is….. :-)
    Frances

  12. Rose says:

    Gorgeous colors, Frances! I can see we went to Tennessee a few weeks too soon. The Chinese proverb is so true; I used another apt quote once that I can’t remember now. It’s something like you don’t plant trees for yourself, but for your children. I know that we are enjoying the hard work my in-laws did in planting lots of trees 40 years ago.

    Thanks Rose. It is hard to know when the peak color will be here. It seems right after the leaves were most brilliant, they all fell off! I love hearing how your in laws planted the trees you now enjoy. I would hope a family member would be able to enjoy ours in years to come. Not likely to happen, but I at least hope someone will enjoy them. :-)
    Frances

  13. lotusleaf says:

    Hi Frances! The autumn colours are beautiful, and you have captured the romance in your pictures. The poem at the beginning is just right for the post.

    Thanks Lotusleaf. That is a favorite poem of mine, oldey but a goody. Glad you like it too. :-)
    Frances

  14. Sweet Bay says:

    The sunlight filtering through all of those fall colors is so beautiful.

    Thanks, Sweet Bay. That was a brilliant day, I had fun with the new camera and really enjoyed being outside and breathing in the beauty. Hope that came through in the images. :-)
    Frances

  15. Jen says:

    Gorgeous! I agree that the dark evergreens really make the color pop out – those japanese maples are just stunning. Love the look of the old hydrangea flowers, too.

    Hi Jen, thanks so much. At certain times the light is just right and the leaves are at their most handsome. The day these images were captures was one of those days. Evergreens are so important to all gardens, making a dark green drapery to better show off the colors of flowers and foliage. :-)
    Frances

  16. Janet says:

    Great post Frances, love your autumn colors. Thanks for the picture of the Sourwood, ours seemed to lose its leaves before much color change. bummer.

    Thanks Janet. This is the best year we have ever had for the sourwood’s fall color. So sorry about yours, better luck next year. All the trees seem to vary from year to year in their show. We have had plenty of rain, so much more so than the last couple. It may have helped. :-)
    Frances

  17. ourfriendben says:

    Ah, fall color! Maples, sourwood, and sweet gum are all so amazing, especially highlighted against evergreens. We’ve of course been loving our Japanese maples here! But our big surprise this year has been our red oak, which we transplanted as a one-foot seedling (heaven knows how it arrived here, there aren’t oaks anywhere nearby) and which is now coloring up fantastically, living up to its name. Silence says that I have to mention that one of her all-time heartthrobs, Val Kilmer, is not only related to Joyce Kilmer but is also a poet.

    HA OFB, I almost chocked on my banana at that last line! I wondered about the name. Japanese maples are a highlight for sure. We have those red oak seedlings all over here as well, with no red oaks. I can only figure that the seeds, acorns have been underground for a very long time, a time when there were oaks growing that may have been logged or something. Seeing a stick turn into a nice sized teenage tree is very gratifying. :-)
    Frances

  18. Kanak says:

    Hi Frances, whether it’s the small woodland garden or the Hydrangea, or the view from the back door, or your fabled grass… there’s so much beauty every where. I LOVE to see fall foliage and yours is one of the most spectacular!

    What sweet and kind words, Kanak, thank you so much. We have had a good year for the fall show. Plentiful rainfall and sunny days make it more enjoyable for the trees and for us. :-)
    Frances

  19. Kate says:

    Hi, Frances!
    Such beautiful fall color. Lovely photos. There are times when my desert landscape is sorely lacking and autumn is one of those times!

    PS: Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. And, thanks for the kind compliments. :))

    Hi Kate, thanks. While your desert is gorgeous, my heart needs the lushness of these types of trees and shrubs. It was my pleasure to visit you. :-)
    Frances

  20. Catherine says:

    I think I had to memorize this poem in school. Your trees are all so pretty now, it’s fun to see the trees that we plant and to watch them grow. When I look back at the twigs they were and what they are like now it’s like seeing my kids grow up.
    I’ve never seen a hydrangea grown as a standard before, very pretty.

    Hi Catherine, thanks. I think I may have had to memorize it as well, it’s in there however it got there. Your analogy of the trees to our kids is so apt. We do feel like they, the trees and shrubs are our family too. The hydrangea and butterfly bushes are grown as standards to be able to plant underneath them. Planting space is not to be wasted. :-)
    Frances

  21. joey says:

    Simply beautiful, Frances (your header birch photo resembles a painting)! Happy November :)

    Thanks so much Joey. I had to go check on that photo, it is a maple tree, very old, with so much lichen on the limbs they look silvery. Our own maple, Ferngully looked similar before dying and being taken down, a very sad day. The new camera zoomed in from quite a distance to get that watercolor look. A very Happy November to you as well. :-)
    Frances

  22. rosey pollen says:

    Hi Frances,
    Very profound prose you shared! Love the part that only God can make a tree. Beautiful photo collection.

    Hi Rosey, thanks. Glad you liked the poem and the photos. It has been a very pretty fall here this year. We are lucky to have these wonderful trees. :-)
    Frances

  23. Teresa O says:

    Joyce Kilmer’s Trees was one my mother’s favorite poems. Oh how I miss the color all ready, but it’s traveling southward so others can enjoy it, too. Lovely autumn photos, thanks for sharing with those of us past the peak.

    Hi Teresa, thanks. It is an oldie but a goodie, I think we had to memorize it in school long ago. Our leaves are falling so fast too, the show will be over soon and the colors in the garden will be considerably more subdued.
    Frances

  24. Anna says:

    A pleasure to discover another new to me poet in Joyce Kilmer so thank you Frances. I am most taken with the lines

    “A tree that may in summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair ” :)

    Hi Anna, thanks. This poem is quite famous in the US, many of us learned it in school. We still love it and these shots of the trees made us thing of the beauty of trees, especially in fall. The robin’s nest line is a wonderful metaphor. :-)
    Frances

  25. vwgarden says:

    Wow, Frances – thanks for informing me of how easy it is to move to WordPress. I might get there soon!
    And some people are so fanatical about using RAW format, but the only thing it’s really important for is the white balance, I think. And that’s not as much of an issue outdoors. Plus RAW takes up a ton of memory space. So I’d probably only use it if I was photographing a wedding or something crazy-important like that.

    My pleasure, VW. Moving to wordpress has its difficulties, but moving the old posts is not one of them. That was incredibly easy. Getting the word out that our url had changed was much harder, that and learning the HTML code. Blogger was much more user friendly for a non techie like me. Thanks for the heads up about RAW. Memory space is a big issue for us, with all the photos we keep at the ready. A transfer to a device is coming up soon, but I like having them right there to peruse. Maybe someday we will learn more about the new Canon. I am using it more. This posts shots were taken with it.
    Frances

  26. Torrential rains have cut short the autumn splendor here, so it was doubly welcome to tour your garden. The reason the Euonymous is nicknamed “spindle tree” is that the very hard wood was used to make spindles for spinning way back when. The deer like to snack on mine. I followed your suggestion and used a branch of Poncirus, painted shiny black, for my Halloween tabletop…come see.

    Hi Ricki, thanks for that info. Sorry about the torrential rains, we have had a few of those too, many leaves are now on the ground rather than looking gorgeous in the trees. I can’t wait to see your thorny branch! :-)
    Frances

  27. Janie says:

    Your pictures are beautiful.

    I envy the slope. I know it is difficult, but the finished product always looks so wonderful!

    Thanks Janie. The slope offers wonderful views of the plantings, if only it were more accessible. We can’t even get a wheelbarrow up there anymore. Makes mulching difficult. I still love gazing at it though. :-)
    Frances

  28. Frances, you still have so much beautiful colour. At Kilbourne Grove, the leaves are all down, spent four hours raking on Sunday, and only got the front raked.

    Hi Deborah, we are still hanging on, but the leaves are falling so fast. Dealing with them is a necessary chore here too. Our compost bin loves those chopped leaves, so do the flowerbeds. :-)
    Frances

  29. Great perspectives of nature and your gardens.

    Our fall colors last year (from photos on Novemer 5th were fantastic), but we’ve had so much rain in the last few days that the leaves are already gone!

    Cameron

    Thanks Cameron. The color was good here, better than usual, but the leaves have fallen much faster. Good in that I can get them chopped up and composted sooner, bad in that the big show was a brief burst. :-)
    Frances

  30. Les says:

    And just where can I get a Mae and Mickey of my own?

    They are one of a kind, and it is now just Mickey, sadly. Those days of coffee in the mornings on their back porch before we all worked non stop in our respective gardens are gone, I’m afraid. But all the plants they shared with me when we first moved here are thriving and will always remind me of their friendship and generosity.
    Frances

  31. Beautiful bounteous fall. Love that poem and the proverb. I think I’ll plant another tree this fall. Thanks for the reminder.~~Dee

    Thanks Dee. I look forward to seeing what type of tree you decide to add. :-)
    Frances

  32. Jean says:

    Frances, all your poems and proverbs gave me a nice laugh. Everything looks lovely there. I especially liked the Hearts a Bustin. I saw that you have ‘White Cloud” muhly – how do you like it? I just purchased one a few weeks ago. It seems much more upright than Pink Muhly.

    Hi Jean, thanks. The white cloud is a beauty, we only have the one plant and have not tried to divide it just yet. We have moved it a couple of times to get the placement right and don’t want to upset it anymore than that. It bloomed later, it has just barely fully opened now, while the pink is losing color already. I have heard it described as elegant. I agree. It needs to be backed by something darker to be noticed. Not sure I have found the perfect setting for it yet. Glad to hear you have it, very promising plant. :-)
    Frances

  33. tina says:

    Fall is gorgeous at Fairegarden and you are right, those evergreen add so much to the pictures. They are lovely. Mickey is such a nice guy to not only give you the euonymus but plant it! I was walking on Ft Campbell and saw one of these and could not take my eyes off from it. I can feel the itch to go hiking again, this time with my shovel:) Those red ‘berries’ are awesome! I noticed your PG. I am still working mine but it barely grew this year. Even with all the rain. Did it take a long time to get a trunk? I am most discouraged with mine but then again, I don’t have much patience in the garden. Things that grow just seem to do it on their own when I forget about them. Have a great day on this spectacular November day. They don’t come much better.

    Hi Tina, thanks. These have been super lovely days after they warm up, still quite cold in the mornings when I am waiting for the sun to rise. I do hate the time changes. The hearts a bustin’ suckers and sets seedlings. I have given some to my kinds already. If you ever come back here, you will get one for sure, if you haven’t already procured one for yourself elsewhere. The PG did take a few years to get up higher. It has a strong stake and choosing the leader is the hard part. Be careful about the wire holding the stem to the stake, it will cause knobs as it grows above and below the wire. I left it in one place too long. Patience is necessary, forgetting about it is the best way. :-)
    Frances

  34. Racquel says:

    Another glorious season of color in the Faire Garden. :)

    Hi Racquel, thanks so much. We have had a good colorful fall this year. :-)
    Frances

  35. commonweeder says:

    What a gorgeous post. So many shades of color. Here in New England all the attention is on the flaming maples, but in my postings I have been noticing all the other shades and the transitory nature of the color, shifting every day. I wish we could grow interesting Japanese maples like yours.

    Hi Pat, thanks. The maples around the neighborhood are fantastic too. Our large ferngully was magnificent. The small trees we have planted are nice, but they don’t have the presence of a mature specimen. Some day though. The small seedling trees, there are three of them are wonderful. I keep them smaller with lots of pruning. The reddest one gets the most sun, that must be the key. :-)
    Frances

  36. Hello Frances,

    My favorite poem about my favorite plant – trees. I love your remarks and photos showing that adding the contrasting colors of evergreens brings out the fall colors even more.

    Hi Noelle, thanks. That is my favorite, well one of many, too. Glad you enjoyed the fall foliage post. :-)
    Frances

  37. Mary Delle says:

    You have a lovely collection of trees and photograph them very well. The poems are so nice in the midst of all the photos.

    Hi Mary, thanks. Poetry does lend itself to garden shots. Glad you liked them. :-)
    Frances

  38. teresa says:

    I don’t know which photographs to comment on because each one outdoes the last. Looks like beauty abounds at your house this fall. That poem has always been one of my favorites. There is nothing like a tree. No doubt. Have a great day and thanks for making mine.

    Thanks Teresa, you are so sweet. Glad you enjoyed this fall foliage post. We are tree huggers, for sure. :-)
    Frances

  39. Phillip says:

    Frances, I knew I was in for a treat when I saw the title of your post. Stunning! I thought of you last week when we were in Florida and saw all the lovely muhly grass. You must tell us the secret of growing it up here. It has died on me twice!

    Thanks Phillip. I wish I knew why the muhly grows here and you are having trouble with it. Maybe it is not supposed to grow in this zone, and no one told it so. All I can say is good drainage. It grows naturally in sandy soil at the coast. I first saw it in Kiawah at the beach, in fall in full bloom, a large mass of it. I tried to grow in at our NE TN home then and failed everytime, it was one zone colder than here. But you are warmer than me, so I can only guess that your soil is too rich, or you planted it at the wrong time. While very drought tolerant, it needs lots of watering when first planted. Try adding sand or gravel to the hole? Ours seeds the best in the gravel paths. Good luck. :-)
    Frances

  40. Tatyana says:

    Wonderful colors! Delightful post!

    Thanks Tatyana, glad you like it.
    Frances

  41. Your images are stunning Frances … what a lovely tour… I love your young trees and think how grand someday they all will be. Your hydrangea is like a princess… I love the Japanese maple … the weeping one in your last photo… the twin… it seems to be the wispy feathery leaf one like I have … but perhaps you prune it? Great post! Carol

    Thanks so much Carol. The little maple in the last shot is Crimson Queen. I do prune the laceleafs quite a bit. I can’t quite get this one to cascade over the pond like I want it too, yet. :-)
    Frances

  42. kerri says:

    Autumn in your garden is beautiful in its own right, Frances.
    Mickey’s hearts are looking so sweet :)
    I love the little Japanese Maple in the last shot. I’m sure it will do as you wish and cascade over the pond eventually…at your service, Ma’am :)
    The golden sunlight on the leaves makes them positively glow. And the Muhly grass…wow! It gives longlasting color, doesn’t it?
    Happy autumn!

    Happy Autumn to you too, Kerri and thanks for visiting. Your kind words always make me smile. The J. maple will eventually flow over the pond, although it is being somewhat stubborn. This light angle is just glorious, I hate to come inside the house. :-)
    Frances

  43. Steve says:

    You guys are late! Man, I swear, those Muhley grasses look better every time I see them.Lovely post and poem, Frances, thanks.

    Hi Steve, thanks. By late I assume you mean our trees turn later than yours, and you are right. I think the colder it is the sooner they turn? The muhly is turning straw colored quickly now, but when the light shines just right the pink is still hanging on.
    Frances

  44. I’ve always wondered how the rest of that poem went-thank you. Is Muhly the name of that reddish grass?
    GartenGrl at Planning Plants to Plant

    Hi GartenGrl, thanks and welcome. The grass is indeed Muhly, Muhlenbergia capillaris.
    Frances

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