Saturday, November 10, 2012

Purple Haze of Autumn 2012

Fall leaf color here is mostly from small trees like Sassafras, Crape Myrtle and Sumac.  Most of our oaks have two fall colors: brown or green.

Lavender lantana montevidensis enjoys cool weather. Yellow lantana
has already given up for the season. Pine straw that falls around this bed from
trees to the north is simply raked up close before the mower goes by.
Chartreuse Alternanthera, Purple Heart and Red Alternanthera.
One season's growth of Lantana planted this year.
Great groundcover to fall over stones.
I rooted some white Lantana and let the cuttings die for lack of
water in their little tray out of sight, out of mind. Do over.
Purple Datura still blooming despite cool nights.
Daturas with their black stems were
more appropriate for Halloween,
Gulf Muhly
Brugmansia suaveolens blooms. paler since nights got cooler.
A native of Brazil, they die back to roots here.
As the sun sinks lower to the south, the light changes on the garden.
Late evening sun illuminates an old Sasanqua Camellia in the back yard.

Greenhouse, seen here through camellia branches,
filling with tender plants before frost arrives and
bulbs like Amaryllis for Christmas blooms.


  1. Your garden is looking beautiful this autumn. You really can't beat the Gulf's a real beauty!

  2. These plants don't grow in our tropics except for Datura and Brugmansia, which i also love despite its poisonous characteristics. But in these photos i love most that weed, so elegant and the color is excellent.

  3. We don't experience a wide range of fall colors that's for sure....your photos look tidy.

  4. Lovely colors and views in your fall gardens.


  5. I pulled my lantana today. The frost had killed it. Love your camellia. I miss them from my SC garden. :o)

  6. Your gardens are looking lovely this fall. I didn't realize camellias would be blooming this late.


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