Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Beautiful bursts for fall foliage follow-up...

Fall has arrived in Central Texas.

Thank Goodness!

We've been eagerly awaiting its arrival, having tired of endless summer.

But the days are in the 70s and the nights have even dipped down to 40 a time or two.

Our prodigious perennials have begun to wane, blooms fading, leaves yellowing and stalks turning spindly.

I love fall.

It's a great time to grow fall vegetables. And I'm always amazed at the fall color.

We certainly don't get the brilliant displays of color like gardeners in the north and east, but we do get some small bursts by certain trees and shrubs.

This small Crape Myrtle in my front bed has transformed itself with these beautiful hues of yellow and orange that almost make it look illuminated.

The big Burr Oak has some warm color, too, though it's a little slower to change -- perhaps this lumbering giant is slow to do many things. But it does drop the biggest leaves on the planet! (I might be exaggerating just a bit here.)
The Loropetalum love the chill - their deep plum-colored leaves provide a wonderful contrast in the garden.
My other Crape Myrtles - at least 15 feet tall - are reaching into the big blue sky with their fall colors and seed balls.
This Dwarf Pomegranate is still green as green can be, but the fruit is ready to ripen and bringing on its own fall color.
And one of my favorite color combinations - a coleus and a potato vine. Both seem unfazed by the cooler weather and I'm so glad.

Pam of Digging invites us to share our fabulous foliage photos on the 16th of each month and this month, there's much to see.

What's your favorite foliage in the garden now?


getgrounded said...

I love that Burr Oak, it reminds me of my youth. I hope it gets some nice color before dropping those gorgeous leaves. Thanks for the post, I know you are busy right now!

Diana said...

GetGrounded - The Burr oak really is something. I'm in awe of it. But sadly, the leaves mostly just fall off and die - not much color on the tree in between. It was killing me to miss bloom day, so I rushed right out this morning because there is such beautiful foliage out now.

Janet said...

I am always amazed at the different fall colors of the different varieties of crape myrtles. I have one that is bright orange and one that is burgundy and another that is shedding its leaves as they are still green.
You ought to look into the Loropetalum 'Ever Red'---the foliage turns bright red! Very cool, I am happy I have one, might get another.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

I too love the Burr Oak. The leaves make a nice sound as the wind moves them because they are so big! Lucky girl!

Amazingly, I found a little fall color around our neck of the woods too!

Pam/Digging said...

I love the color on your golden-yellow crepe myrtle. They are looking so good this year all over Austin. You have lots of nice fall foliage in your garden. Thanks for sharing!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I can't believe that color on the burr oak! I grew up in a house surrounded by them, and the best the color ever got was an orangy brown, emphasis on the brown.

Stone Art said...

Love the photos, so full of lovely texture. well done

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