A COLOURFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Autumn is definitely the most colourful time of the year in my garden.  Above, fall foliage and camellias.

                                                                                                                                                                   

The dogwoods (Cornus florida) are at their peak with both the foliage and the fruits ablaze.

                                                                                      

 I just love the way this tree frames the veranda and gives me a marvelous view of the cardinals who fly in to devour the berries.

Elsewhere, the Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are in phase 3 of their 4 season show. This native is unsurpassed.

                                                                                   

Some views from the veranda…

                                                                                      

                                                                                          

                                                                                  

For more autumn beauty see Boy Fenwick’s photos on the blog Reggie Darling.  He has also captured the most incredible sunset. Enjoy!

GLORIOUS DAYS

The weather has been beautiful this past week and there is no better place to spend these glorious days than in the garden.  Below, The Meadow gets its annual mowing.

                                                                      

                                                                       

It always looks so verdant after the cut. Next the Daffodils  will pierce the ground and spring will be back in a few short weeks! (always an optismist.)

The photography however, has not been very satisfying. Too much glare now that the canopy is thinning out. Guess I’ll have to try earlier or later in the day.

                                                                 

One of my favorite blogs is Edith Hope’s Garden Journal.  Her last comment made me realize that I need to show long shots of the property to give some context for the photos. So here are a few…

                                                                  

The front of the house, circa 1844. The meadow is to the right (east) below…

                                                                     

                                                                      

East side of the house from the meadow.

                                                                      

The east side of the house from the entrance to the ‘Camellia Walk’.

Backtracking just a few steps….

                                                                     The meadow terminates at the entrance to the Camellia Walk on the left and the walk to the Circle of Friends straight ahead.

Here you can see some ‘Garden Arithmetic’; the camellias form both one side of the Camellia Walk as well as the background for the hydrangeas on one side in The Circle of Friends.

The expression is divide to multiply your space!

I’ll continue the tour with better photos this week.

© All photos & text 2010

AUTUMN SHOWS OFF

My dear friend Carolyn K.D.  sent me these incredible photographs from the mountains of North Carolina where she and her husband spent a glorious week.

                                                                             

                                                                   

                                                                      

These colours remind me of the late September pilgrimage to Vermont my family would take.   Autumn is an incredible season.

Photos © CKD