Monthly Archives: November 2012

Colors of Fall

My enthusiasm for the gardens wilted with last summer’s record-setting heat. And now, from the den’s picture window 2 storeys above ground, all I see are thousands of dull reddish-brown oak leaves (will seem like millions when I start raking), gray tree trunks, and some evergreen camellias and azaleas. But a walk through the gardens reveals some spectacular colors of the season and gives me hope for spring.

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Japanese maple ‘Bloodgood’

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Camellia or sasanqua?

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Nandina berries

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Oakleaf hydrangea

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Leaves of the Japanese maple ‘Orange Dream’ turned from green to red virtually overnight

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Japanese maple ‘Sango Kaku,’ or coral bark – a favorite – I have four of them now

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Canna lily ‘Bengal Tiger’

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The leaves on our neighbors’ beautiful maple turn red, orange, yellow and green simultaneously

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Salvia ‘Mystic Spires Blue’