The maple trees are putting on quite a show on the Seacoast of New Hampshire even though the foliage map puts us in the Moderate Range for color. I know the reds are yet to come but the yellows and apricots simply make my heart sing. The maples pictured below were photographed on a walk with mister gardener yesterday.
Closer to home, there are interesting colors right around the house. The clethra or summersweet below, has fed the bees with sweet nectar for weeks. But now the blooms are gone and the leaves are fading from green to yellow with the green veining the last to turn. Eye catching!
Our doublefile viburnum leaves have turned from green to deep plum and hot red in different spots on the same plant. It is a showstopper.
Then there are the hydrangea.
Our Little Lime limelight hydrangea are a bold mass planting in our small borders and the blooms are deepening to a rich pink. I have picked a bouquet or two for drying.
… a holly-looking shrub, is healthy and sprouting buds that are supposed to mature to gorgeous early yellow blooms, feeding early arriving insects with snow still on the ground, then hang like grapes with the attractive blue seeds that birds adore. It never gets that far for our New England winters freezes the blooms before they open. That might be a good thing for the plant could be eventually labeled invasive here as the climate changes. Birds carry the seeds far and wide in warmer climes… it is a barberry cousin.
Some of our plants love the cooler weather and are at their best in the fall. Liriope blooms are maturing now and it’s where the bees are swarming from flower to flower for the best nectar. This grass-like clump of glossy green leaves run along the outer border of our front foundation. This year the plants are healthy and quite tall due to an abundance of spring rain. The flowers are dainty but the contrast of green and purple is delightful.
My personal fav of all fall color is Autumn Joy sedum, below. After the bees have finished with the newly opened blooms and moved on to other plants, the Autumn Joy matures to a rich rusty red. It’s great to see in the borders and it’s wonderful to cut and bring inside for floral displays. If you grow it, wouldn’t you agree it’s impressive?
Other than a bit of cleaning and weeding and dividing and transplanting in the garden this fall, it seems I’m spending more time with another small sprout…. one that demands much more care and attention and watching and feeding and entertaining…. but is proving to be much more fun!