Ok I know I’m a few days late, but I still wanted to get in on Christina’s GBFD post. It is her 500th post after all!
For us the foliage season is going downhill fast. Here in NE Pennsylvania the foliage color has peaked and most has dropped, and it’s just some of the slowpokes and lingerers which are still giving a show. The gray days of winter are approaching fast….
We’ve had a good amount of rain lately and I’m digging and planting and cleaning away. I love a nice green lawn in the fall, and spent yesterday mowing up the fallen leaves and leaving behind a neat lush carpet. What I should have done is transplant the flowering dogwood seedling which is way too close to the porch and house…. but I guess I’ll just have to live to regret that one’s placement. Maybe it will somehow work out 🙂
The red of the burning bush foliage is a fantastic color at this time of year, but I think this will be its last fall. It’s an invasive plant around here and although several neighbors also grow it I don’t want to contribute to the problem. There were enough seedlings coming up last spring to tell me it needs to go, and maybe a native blueberry will be a better choice for the spot (tastier too).
Last winter was rough on the yucca, killing off most of its leaves. I’m glad to see it has recovered since I love the foliage so much. Right now the leadwort has a nice reddish tint which sets off the yucca well, and even without the bright blue late summer flowers it’s still a great plant. Too bad I never planted the colchicums out here. That would have been a nice look!
The big foliage stars around here are the hardwoods, and if you move around to the back deck, the red maples are still hanging on to a few leaves. Without any wild storms or hard freezes the color has lasted quite a while this year.
Off to the other side of the deck the not-quite-tropical border has faded to dead stalks, and I’ll probably leave it like that all winter. Fortunately the grasses are at their peak, and with a little late afternoon sun everything has a nice glow to it.
I’m not much for fall cleanup, I tend to leave everything standing throughout the winter and then mow it all down in March. I do get a little greedy with the leaves though. I’ll mow up as many as I can and use the mulched leaves to blanket vegetable beds and bulb plantings. They’re perfect for keeping out winter weeds and feeding the earthworms.
More evergreens would go far in setting off some of the fall foliage, I just don’t have much in that department. Overgrown yews are about all I have, and they’re a little close to the house to let them develop into the small trees they could be.
… and of course cyclamen. How can you talk fall foliage without mentioning cyclamen?
I’m much later in posting my foliage than I should be, but on the 22nd of each month Christina at Creating My Own Garden of the Hesperides hosts the Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, and gardeners from all over the world show off what leaves are doing for their gardens. Take a look and see what they’re up to…. I’m going to try to, but I have so many bulbs to plant and leaves to mulch it’s going to be a busy weekend!