Little Fall Color Moments - Disneyland Roses, Japanese Maples, Saratoga Ginkgo, Dawn Redwood, Kousa Dogwood, Butterscotch Amsonia and More - November 2023
With all the #FallPlanting posts running here for a few weeks, I wanted to sneak in a post showing some of the things that are happening in the garden, yard and even on our block as the trees turn from green to yellows, oranges, reds and...well...even browns. Dormancy is just about here and the garden is putting itself to bed. Below are a number of photos that I took in late October (25, 26), but this post is going up more than a week later. Since then, we've had a couple of HARD FROSTS. Bringing the growing season to a close. Here's a look around:
Next up is the Waterfall Japanese Maple. This is the one that confuses me. I'm seeing three things: Yellow leaves. Red leaves. And brown, curled leaves.
First the yellow - looks great, right? But there's just a couple
And the smallest JM - Firefly - is putting on some fall red color, too.
Something I've watched over the years is the 'orange-ing' of the Dawn Redwood. I posted almost exactly a year ago (Nov 2, 2022) on the orange-ing of the tree last year. Below are a few photos showing the green-to-orange transition that is taking place this week:
Last year, I noted how welcome the orange of the Dawn Redwood is because we get mostly yellows and browns. This year, seeing a little red with the Japanese Maples is nice, too. But, there's another tree that is showing a little red for Fall: one of the Kousa Dogwood trees planted along the northside of the garage. See below for that small caliper tree (in training) turning from green-to-red before dropping its leaves:
Down the block, our street is 'paved in gold'. Gold tiny leaves from Locust trees. This was on a drive recently:
And last...but certainly not least: our Disneyland Roses. They had a tough year. I'm thinking it was Sawfly Larvae. The leaves were eaten up. The foliage is awfully thin and I'm hoping that won't kill these as they head into dormancy. I've been all over them since Summer, but the lack of leaves might make the storage of energy difficult as they fight off our cold, hard winter.
They're on their last flush of blooms - in late October. Last year, I pulled some flowers in early November. This year, it is more like late October. And not a huge flush. But, some of the most lovely flowers all season. Below are a number of photos of the roses and the last garden bouqet that I put together for the season:
And...note to self: Zinnias just keep going. See below for some I just cut: