Small splashes of fall color

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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

The finely-textured yellow leaves of the thread-leaved blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii) was an eye catcher. I’m not sure I intentionally planned it, but I like the contrast with the darker green leaves of the false blue indigo (Baptisia australis).

finely textured yellow leaves of thread-leaf amsonia

I was surprised and pleased to see the changes that have taken place in the maple-leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerfolium). It will likely get more pink than it is now. However, I find the current shadings quite delightful.

pink and green leaves of maple-leaf viburnum in October

As the days get cooler, it’s tempting to enjoy the backyard from the kitchen and dining room windows. But this morning’s garden stroll, with camera in hand, reminded me once again that the closer I look, the more I see.

9 thoughts on “Small splashes of fall color”

  1. Betty — your fine photographs of the wonders appearing everyday in your yard
    remind me of what Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in “Nature”: “To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”

    1. Patsy, I appreciate the wonderful quote and high compliment.I enjoy quotes and would like to do as well as you do at remembering and using them. Thank you.

    1. WOW! I love it! Cotton candy colored fluff indeed! I would never have expected it at the beach. Thanks for sharing it and here’s to muhly grass wherever it grows.

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