Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Foliage in Pennsylvania

Yellow maple (acer) leaves and the red-edged oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) by our Shade Path gate.

The leaves are as brightly colored as the remaining flowers in our Pennsylvania garden (see GBBD Oct 2012). Here are a few photos from the post couple of weeks when we have been out enjoying the sunshine and few warmer days remaining in our zone 5 corner lot.


Maples (Acer) in red and yellow.
The ivy on our back hill remains green for the winter, which is nice since there are so many deciduous trees and shrub along the fence. The potted Japanese maple is still sitting on the back steps and the Hydrangea 'Limelight' is just beginning to peek through the fence.
Our red-leafed blueberry bush in the front bed of Pachysandra. Blueberries are a great three season bush that will work for a town garden, though the birds may nab the berries before you do!
Another pretty yellow acer.
My other little photographer, Anna, is following in her older sister's footsteps. She loves to be out taking photos of our flowers with me.
I love seeing the beautiful, fresh green of the columbine (Aquilegia) plants that this time of year, while everything else is going yellow.
The Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa 'Aureola') gets brighter yellow.  The christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) remains green throughout winter.
One of our small dogwood trees, Cornus florida, coloring red beside the garage. Having a planting of evergreen ground cover surrounding deciduous trees and shrubs will give them a nice setting all year round.
Bright yellow leaves tipped in purple on Manchurian lilac Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim', again with evergreen ground cover underneath.
Photo of Gilmore Gardens taken just before the first real frost two weeks ago. The trees were beautiful out front!
I am linking up to both Foliage follow-up at Digging and Garden Blogger's Foliage Day at My Hesperides Garden. 
Thanks Pam and Christina! They both have some beautiful foliage in their gardens, the former in Texas and latter in Italy.  Be sure to check their comments for more foliage in gardens too.

17 comments:

  1. Julie, the fall foliage is beautiful! I love these red, golden, bright green colors in your garden.

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    1. Glad you can enjoy them! It really is a beautiful season... one that I have learned to appreciate more in recent years.
      ~Julie

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  2. Real beautiful autumn colours, I like the colours of the various maples very much especially with the sunlight shining through the folianten.

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  3. Wow !! very nice picture's from your garden. autumm!! greats.

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  4. Hi Julie, thanks for joining in with GBFD; I love the kind of autumn colours you have; I'm hoping to come to visit the States next autumn just so I can see it. Christina

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    1. If you are anywhere near Pittsburgh, let me know :) Of course New England is hard beat for color... though the hills of Pennsylvania were really breath-taking just last week on our drive.
      ~Julie

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  5. The colours in your garden look fantastic with the sun shining through, it makes such a difference from our dull weather, hope it lasts for you!

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  6. Oh, what gorgeous color! The display of fall foliage is something I am always amazed at when I see pictures. (I am surrounded by pines.) Your garden is gorgeous every season, and fall is no exception. Lovely.

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  7. These pictures are GORGEOUS, Julie! Simple yet dazzling..

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  8. You've got some fab colour and I'm especially interested in your ground planting around the shrubs. When I was at Alnwick gardens two weeks ago they had some great contrasts of foliage by using columbine leaves.

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  9. I also love the columbine foliage at this time of year. Your daughter is adorable, how nice that she wants to follow in your footsteps.

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  10. Gorgeous! It looks like you are about at peak color now. Enjoy the show, and thanks for sharing these beautiful views!

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  11. You really captured the beauty of sunlit autumn leaves. I'm sighing over your New England fall. Thanks for sharing your beautiful foliage for Foliage Follow-Up!

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  12. Julie I love that first photo with that sunlight creating a glow. And again with the second...Your foliage is such a celebration of fall.

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  13. Fall in Pennsylvania is the time to focus on the big picture because of all the wonderful leaf color. However, your garden looks great all round. I vow to cut back and prune my plants more next spring so that they won't be so rangy in the fall. We'll see if I get to it.

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  14. I just love the colors in the garden. The yellows, reds and oranges are beautiful. It's such a beautiful and fleeting time of year. Pretty soon, we are going to looking at the first pictures of snow for the season. Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos.

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