Small splashes of fall color

I’m continuing to enjoy all the colors of Lexington’s many trees. In our backyard, the black gum or tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) is almost breathtaking with its brilliant red leaves. However, as I wandered in the garden this morning, I discovered other, smaller splashes of color as well. This blueberry bush (Vaccinium corymbosum) almost seemed to glow with its mixture of reds and yellows.

Bright red leaves of  Vaccinium corymbosum

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October gardenscape

As the growing season comes to a close, the backyard is looking somewhat scraggly. One exception is the view of the rain garden.

pink muhly grass, asters, and sunflowers in October
Bald cypress tree, New England aster (purple flowers), narrow-leaf sunflower (tall yellow flowers), pink muhly grass, and prairie dropseed (clump of grass on the far right)

The pink muhly gass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is especially striking, and makes a much bolder statement than when it first bloomed in October 2010. It’s been providing a splash of pink for about three weeks now, and it brightens my mood every time I see it. Here’s hoping it stays around a bit longer.

Nature’s art

White ash trees (Fraxinus americana) are now at peak color in Lexington. They are easy to spot with their striking and subtle shades of greens, golds, purples, and reds. I’m enjoying them all immensely. However, my favorite one is in our front yard. The best view is from the upstairs computer room, and sights like this have been a great way to start the day.

window view of colorful ash tree leaves

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