Looking Around For Fall Foliage

The colors are streaming into the kitchen window like a box of spilled temperas. Let’s open the front door and get a better look as the sun turns on the morning in the Fairegarden, shall we? Don’t forget your jacket and some waterproof shoes, wet feet can be such a distraction and the garden deserves our full attention right now. Borrowed views from the neighbor’s trees adds to the textural tapestry planted over the years in our little piece of the Earth.

It’s a good thing it isn’t raining now like it was a few days ago. Even then the views sped up a gardener’s beating heart a bit with the brilliance of color contrasts.

It is a clear and sunny day, the better to see you, my dear garden. From the far eastern edge of the property, down by the street and under the stand of tall Loblolly pine trees, the range of hues has us humming.

Dark and light, pale and intense, illuminated by the sun and in the shadows, it is the differences that stand out. Squint to see the red berries on the foster hollies along the delineation of the yards. Appreciation for the mature maple trees of our older neighborhood never waivers. The crossvine on the arbor is engulfing the birdhouse. Maybe the birds feel safer with the curtain, or perhaps it needs to be trimmed. Hmmmmm…

Walking along the pathway of the Ferngully corner towards the Azalea walk, it is the mix that makes the scene so pretty. Look at the raised box with the dahlias still hanging in, tears of joy well up at the sight.

Fall is a time to direct our focus skyward. Red from the sourwood, Gold from the maple, green from the leyland cypress and the blue of the sky complete the round of the color wheel.

Add to that the changing foliage of the deciduous azaleas, ahhhhh.

Let’s zoom down for a landing and some refreshments before gazing upon the steep slope behind the main house, okay? Looking out from the lower deck, just outside the addition and the lazyboy/laptop site of blog post creating, Athena’s Corner holds the Stipa/Japanese maple/sunpower hosta triumvirate which supports the Daylily Hill. In the distance is the Azalea Walk backed by the row of too tall gold mops with the witch hazel Diane glorifying the view.

Rested and refreshed, let us go travel around the side of the main house to cast our eyes upon the full hillside, studded with dogwoods that shine like precious rubies. These native trees are truly precious, holding their lusher than ever leaves longer this year. I believe it was the eighteen inches of rain from the tropical storm Irene that drowned out the drought in late summer. Never before have these trees appeared so healthy and happy in fall. Hooray! The pink muhly grass looks pretty good, as well.

Standing at the end of the wall, over by the fence and looking up at the pond and the shed at the top of the hill, a feeling of calm contentment washes over us. Enjoy this moment for it is fleeting…

…And will soon enough be a mere memory.

Thank you for joining me in the roundabout tour of a southeast Tennessee hillbilly garden. We add our views to those of my friend Dave at Growing The Home Garden to celebrate the foliage of fall in his Fall Color Project.


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20 Responses to Looking Around For Fall Foliage

  1. Beautiful ! Like a gift for me all those photos -:)))

    Thanks Liliana, (I hope that is your first name). We have been having one of the prettiest falls in memory. I am glad you enjoyed seeing it.

  2. Carol says:

    Loved the tour. The colors are so bright right now on sunny days it is hard to imagine the subdued colors of winter are just around the corner.

    Thanks for walking along with me, Carol. It is so brilliant outside right now, but we both know what is coming won’t be quite as eye catching. But after that….

  3. Gail says:

    Frances, It’s always so lovely in your garden but, fall seems to have put on it’s finery for all of us today! I love Sourwood and once, long ago tried growing it in my too neutral soil! It was lovely one season~maybe two before i took pity on it and gave it away. Rainy days do bring out that delicious color contrast, but, the wind that comes with a fall rain seems to blow the leaves down much too fast. I shall enjoy every last leaf viewing day…xxoogail

    Thanks Gail. The Sourwood took several years to grow what seemed one inch, then suddenly it really took off. Maybe it needed to grow roots first. I love how the darker days make the colors more moody and intense. Soon, soon, all that color will be on the ground, turning brown. We too, will enjoy it while it lasts.

  4. Layanee says:

    We have missed brilliant colors here so thank you for sharing your crimsons, golds and coppers. They are just beautiful. It is a nice time of year. Lots to do but without the pressures of spring.

    Thanks Layanee. I am so sorry for your weird weather, but feel you will have beautiful fall color in future years. It is a relaxing time, in the garden, anyway!

  5. Gorgeous! Love the color combo of the crimson and the pink muhly grass. I truly enjoyed your tour!

    Thanks Graceful Gardener. What a lovely name you have!

  6. Your area really experienced the full beauty of Fall. We missed many of the reds this year. My favorite is your muhly grass. Such a beautiful pink painted look.

    Thanks Donna. The muhly is having an above average year in 2011. I am sorry for your weather that affected the color for you all.

  7. Sunita says:

    I’m quite green with envy in the face of all your multicoloured fall foliage splendour. Foliage in my part of the world is only green when fresh and brown when dead. I wish we had your beautiful palette of reds and yellows.

    Thanks Sunita. I know where you live is lush and green and beautiful, but there is something magical about the color change of the deciduous trees before they shed their finery.

  8. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Such glorious fall color, Frances! The Japanese Maple and the Dogwoods made me gasp.

    Thanks Cindy. The Dogwoods are having their best year ever.

  9. Dave says:

    I was very worried about the fall color this year. It seemed like we had so much brown on the leaves, the small trees were taking damage from the cicadas and the dry second half of summer made it seem that the branches were dying right and left. But for some reason it really turned out beautifully! The maples are still holding onto those leaves and hopefully will for another week. I really hate to see the warm weather go. That last photo of the slope with the Japanese maples and the muhly grass is my favorite, but all of them are great! I think maybe Diane may have find herself in my garden as well. Thanks for joining in the Fall Color Project!

    Thanks Dave. I was worried as well, before we got that enormous amount of rainfall. It really saved the day for the garden, the fall color splash is just a bonus.

  10. 7aces/Darla says:

    Well my Dear, you did not have to travel far to find beautiful fall foliage! The combination of colors that you are experiencing right now are breath taking.

    Thanks Darla. I do usually go on a road trip to join in Dave’s meme. This year, there was plenty of beauty right outside my door.

  11. wellywoman says:

    Just discovered your blog. This time of year really can be stunningly beautiful. We had a glorious weekend here in the UK and the foliage looked amazing but today is cold, dull and damp so seeing your photos has put a smile on my face.

    Hi Wellywoman, thanks for visiting and welcome! I am glad you got some happiness by seeing our beautiful southeastern US fall foliage.

  12. wpoliver says:

    I love the colors of autumn and your garden is really a treat for the eyes.

    Thanks Phillip. Your fall looks like a pretty good one, as well.

  13. ricki says:

    Your sourwood story gives me hope, though ours has been eight years in the ground and grown only slightly. We appreciate its small flame, but a big one would be better.

    Hi Ricki, thanks for visiting. Yes, don’t give up hope on the Sourwood. It seemed painfully slow growing for several years here before taking off. It does like extra water.

  14. These are such lovely images of autumn. I particularly like the water image…so beautiful with the leaves floating on the surface.

    Thanks Sage Butterfly. I liked that one too, how it represents the ephemeral beauty of the brightly colored leaves in fall. It is over so soon…

  15. The dogwoods & the muhlys are sublime!

    Thanks, MMD. They are having a good year, both of them.

  16. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The colors of the leaves…and the fragrance of fallen leaves…and that last glance of golden light. Enjoyed seeing your display. Wishing you many happy returns of those ruby-leafed Cornus!

    Thanks Helen. I am glad you mentioned the smell of the leaves, I love that too. There is one part of the garden that has the sweetest perfume from the leaves. I can’t figure out which tree, shrub or perennial is the emitter of such a delightful fragrance, but do take a deep whiff every time I cross that pathway.

  17. Lola says:

    Magnificent. Thanks for the tour. I love this time of yr.

    Thanks Lola. It is an especially pretty fall this year.

  18. Norma says:

    Does nature get any prettier than this? One of the things I love about gardening is the everchanging hues. New, green shoots in the spring, gorgeous array of shapes and colors in the summer, these magnificent colors in the fall, then everything is capped with a warm blanket of snow (in most places) for the winter!

    Thanks for sharing and allowing us to feast our eyes over your beautiful landscape!

    Thanks Norma. It is the change that makes the seasons all the more special and beautiful to me. Where we now live does not have that nice, warm blanket of snow, although we do get occasional snowfall that lasts a day or so. Planting for winter interest is a must here.

  19. Rose says:

    What a kaleidoscope of color you have, Frances–simply beautiful! Enjoy these scenes while you can, for they are indeed fleeting.

    Thanks Rose. It has been an above average fall show this year. Leaves are falling as we speak.

  20. Les says:

    I love that last shot, as I am often looking into water for some sort of combined image. Every year I think the fall color is the best, but maybe I just appreciate it more that I am now likely in the early part of my own autumn.

    Thanks so much, Les. I look into the water for something that inspires, too. I am rather more into my autumn than you are, and appreciate each day a little more for it.

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