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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fall Color

There are some very striking fall colors out in the garden, as well as in the trees and shrubs that I see on my way to the grocery store every day right now. Is it just my imagination, or do they seem more vibrant than in recent years? I wonder if the rain in August, as well as in September, has caused the trees and shrubs to hang onto their leaves longer, whereas in a more normal year, with summer drought that lingers well into September, the trees have usually lost most of their brown, crinkly, dried-up leaves early as they shut down in August from months of summer drought.

Of course I'm not a botanist, or meteorologist, or climatologist, basically I know next to nothing about anything. These are just the musings of a home gardener with some photos to share.

Amelanchier alnifolia

Oemleria cerasiformis

Ribes sanguineum


Peony closeup

Hydrangea quercifolia

Hydrangea quercifolia

Acer circinatum

Oak tree


Amsonia hubrichtii

Geranium macrorrhizum

Eucalyptus bark


Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Viburnum trilobum

Have you noticed how vibrant the fall foliage is this year? Am I just not remembering that every year it's this beautiful?


  1. I think the colors are more vibrant this year. I was afraid that they would not last long when we had those cold nights a few weeks ago. I am glad those did not persist. Great photos!

  2. Beautiful! We can't boast of any fall color like that. If we're lucky, we get a little bit in early winter, that is if events like the current Santa Ana winds don't strip the trees of leaves first.

  3. Nature is so very painterly here in the PNW.


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