Fall has immersed the Piedmont area of North Carolina in stunning color. Trees, shrubs, and flowers are vying to be the most breathtaking plant on display. I am having trouble choosing a favorite so I grabbed the camera and headed to the garden to investigate. Here’s what I found in my walkabout.
This lovely tree dropped seed pods for the first time this season. It came to my garden as a gift from my son-in-law and seems to love its chosen spot. After a late spring-freeze nipped the tended leaves I had concerns for the tree’s future, but the lush green leaves of summer erased the worry. Now I have a pot of gold to enjoy.
Though I am not sure of the cultivar, this salvia has stamina and bounced back from repeated mishaps that reduced it a single 3” stalk. I moved the plant to a sunnier and less-traffic location, provided tender-loving care all summer, and checked its progress regularly. Now that fall has arrived beautiful blooms are popping out. I can’t wait to see this beauty excel next season, and I have a request for the first sharable sprout.
Knockout roses continue to grace the garden with blooms though we have had multiple frosts in the area.
Variegated Solomon’s Seal is a three-season plant. From green tendrils in the spring through dainty blossoms dangling from strong stems brimming with striped leaves, this workhorse does not quit in the fall. The paper-like leaves rustle with the breeze and would add a nice bouquet to the Thanksgiving table.
The hostas have begun to shut down for the winter, and August Lily is sporting colors one may not expect from a hosta. Check the garden often as changes happen quickly.
The golden tones of this fern draw the eye and this gardener knelt for a closer look. I see beautiful design and exquisite craftsmanship in this plant.
The cherry tree sits in the narrow space between my shop and the neighbor’s west wall. The tree climbs higher and spreads wider each season. Though its claim to fame is ruffled pink spring blooms its fall outfit does not disappoint.
This specimen is an unknown variety of Japanese maple which morphs from green to maroon almost overnight once cooler temperatures arrive. All I know about this jewel is that it is a seed volunteer.
As I snapped pictures of this maple my neighbor stepped to the fence to comment on its beauty and share how the morning sun amplifies the display clearly seen from his kitchen window. This tree belonged to my late brother, Jeff, who I miss from a gaping hole in my heart. As an avid hunter fall was his favorite season, and his marksmanship and tracking abilities put winter meat in many freezers. Jeff grew the tree from a seed retrieved from a garden shop sidewalk and tended it as a bonsai for years until his health interfered. He passed the tree to my garden once it grew so large he could no longer maintain it, and I kept it potted until it was so large I could no longer move it. Now it over-shades the fish pond beside the patio. One week ago the tree was green. Almost overnight the vibrant colors appeared, and today the tree has gotten deliberate about its stage presence.
Wow! Can you take in all this beauty and not pause to give thanks to God for His handiwork?