Thursday, October 16, 2014

Super Fall Color

The fall color is at peak for many of our woody trees and shrubs.  The 'Green Cascade' fullmoon maple (Acer japonicum) seen above and directly below has turned this wonderful shade of crimson orange.  This is certainly quite eye catching in the Japanese garden.  Fall color on average is quite good this year but seems oddly spaced out in terms of timing.  It's tough to explain what I mean by that but we've had some weird weather patterns over the last couple of seasons and I've given up trying to predict if we'll have great fall color each year.  We'll just enjoy whatever we receive!  Some other examples of fall color can be seen further below...

'Green Cascade' fullmoon maple (Acer japonicum) - woody tree
 'Green Column' black maple (Acer saccharum subsp. nigrum) - woody tree
 three-flower maple (Acer triflorum) getting more orange by the day - woody tree
 big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) is getting some nice fall color in our prairie - perennial
'Emerald Elf' Amur maple (Acer ginnala) - woody tree (sheared)

Despite a skeleton crew of just Janice and I today, we were able to keep a lot of volunteers busy.  Above are Eva (left) and Kathy in the reception garden where they continued to remove annuals from this garden.  Below are Sue (left) and Peg, who along with Bonnie (off camera), created some huge piles of debris in the sunken garden.  Our Grumpy raking crews included Gary B., Alan M., Ron R. and Bob C.  The guys collected lots of leaves off of the paths and helped haul accumulated debris from the reception and sunken gardens.  Del had some indoor work with painting as did Ken.  Betty H. removed more plants from her garden space and Bill O. was in for quite a bit of mowing.  Jim worked on carpentry projects while Pat M. and Ron P. finished up some Holiday Lights Show (HLS) testing tasks.  Pat also had some duties out in the gardens.  Terry came in to move the compost around with the end loader and loaded up debris for Dick H. to haul off to the dump.  Dick was also working on one of the trucks today.  Rollie and Maury made a run for memorial bricks.  We also saw Big John, Larry, Charlotte and many others today.  Further below are more images from this morning.

 flowering kale (Brassica oleracea) - annual
fall color of katsuratree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) - woody tree
dead sedges (Carex) with painted culvert pipe planters

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