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?