Friday, October 28, 2016

A Touch of Fall Color

We do not get the great flaming trees of farther north. Our big trees are mostly green, and then turn yellowish or just go to brown. Leaves are coming down like rain at the slightest breeze.

 Our brightest fall color comes from Sumac. Little trees come up along fence rows and hedges.
This one came up at the end of a pile of pole cuts that I use to form little fences and such in the garden.

 My intent was to go to the field and make pics before peanuts were gone. I was distracted by fall  color on the way. Peanuts are plowed up, on the ground and drying in the field until ready to combine.

 Back near the house, I found something interesting where I planted a rooted Aucuba years back. It finally took a notion to grow about the time a little bird-planted Sassafras grove came up around it.

 Sassafras mittens turning yellow form a contrast to gold-dusted Aucuba and ferns.

 Farther into the garden, Crape Myrtles are a blaze of color reaching for the sky.

 Redbud trees turned yellow; they will quickly shed their leaves. Oak leaves turn brown and will fall from now to well after Christmas.

 Here's a peek at the nest full of seeds on the Cycad. Last time it had seeds, I picked some, soaked, 
cleaned and planted them to replace the one from the time before that the squirrel ate when it reached some size and I put it outside. There are two seedlings now that will stay in the greenhouse this winter. I haven't decided whether I need to grow more.  It amuses me to see them sprout.

He-Who-Mows ran over one of my small cycad pups. I discovered more pups of large size underneath this big cycad. I don't know if I can cut them back and hack them out. Maybe I could ship them to the Danger Gardenette. Those ferny-looking fronds are HARD and sharp and vicious.
Squirrels are everywhere, storing pecans and acorns. Acorns are abundant this year -- does that mean a hard winter?

A different color on Crape Myrtle.

Crape Myrtle in the back yard is still blooming bright pink blooms in the top along with a few pink Knockouts nearer the ground. Acid yellow-green in the right background is the color that pecan trees turn before they drop their leaves.


  1. I admire your diligence - and patience - in growing cycads from seed! I periodically see what I believe are Sumac trees along the roads here but, if they ever turn color, I've never seen it. I don't know if this is because these are an evergreen species (which appear to be the most common types suitable to this area) or if we simply don't get cold enough.

  2. I remember how annoyed and sad you were at the squirrel who killed your baby Cycad. They do have very stiff and hard fronds.

  3. I love fall colors but it has been so dry that we are seeing mostly brown around my house. We rode down to a lake about 30 miles away yesterday and saw sumac and shumard oaks had turned red but hickories were not the beautiful yellow color they usually are. Love sassafras. We have one that has grown up about a foot or maybe less next to a huge pine. No way to move it and it will not make the little grove. I have looked and looked for another but haven't found one yet. Maybe some day.

  4. Although your trees are mostly yellow and brown, you still found some nice fall color! Cycads are pointy and sharp, maybe when they're older they can get back at that pesky squirrel.

  5. So glad you posted the picture of the peanuts on the ground. I have never seen them growing or harvest before.

    Our Sassafras gets a gorgeous hot pink when frost hits. So far, we haven't had enough cold for much color to appear here. It has been a strange year.


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