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Schenectady, NY


October 26, 2010
9:50 AM

Post #8177118

There are a total of 135 votes:


The trees in my area are just starting to turn.
(36 votes, 26%)
Red dot


Trees in my area are at their peak. (show us!)
(27 votes, 20%)
Red dot


We have very little change in the landscape where I live.
(17 votes, 12%)
Red dot


Trees are past their peak in my neighborhood.
(42 votes, 31%)
Red dot


I'm south of the Equator and it is spring. (we'd love to see!)
(4 votes, 2%)
Red dot


I live in an area where there are no autumn colors.
(9 votes, 6%)
Red dot


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DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2010
10:03 AM

Post #8177144

Wow! Hard to pass up the opportunity to be 1st. It's 83F here right now, so the trees have no idea it's supposed to be autumn. They are all still quite green. Temps will eventually drop (closer to Christmas) and the trees will eventually turn...mostly brown although a few types will have some nice orange and yellow colors.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

October 26, 2010
10:46 AM

Post #8177214

The trees are at their peak now but my Frangrant Sumac is a little behind.

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DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2010
11:03 AM

Post #8177238

Oh. I just realized that by "at their peak" you meant peak fall color. In that case, once again I think you need to add another category as there appears to be no category for my area.

Trees here have not begun to turn yet, so that's not a fit, and they are definitely not at peak autumn color. Still, they will eventually turn, so I can't choose the option that indicates trees here don't change, and I'm not in the southern hemisphere. For most of these polls you seem to omit areas such as mine where it's still basically summer but where it will eventually be fall/winter.

As I mentioned above, right now it's still in the mid 80's here, so there is no frost and no sign of fall yet. We do have season though, and eventually it will get cold here, although not as cold as some regions. We will eventually have frost, and the trees will eventually turn yellow, orange, and brown, mostly brown. That will probably be closer to Christmas or even after New Years though.

I hope in the future you will consider adding another category to your polls to account for hot, southern areas such as mine. We have all the same season as other areas, but we are definitely out of sync with the rest of the country as to when those seasons start and end, and some of our seasons last much longer while others are very brief.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2010
1:00 PM

Post #8177419

Although we've cooled down, our trees don't really start turning until mid-late November.

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2010
1:05 PM

Post #8177430

stephanietx,

That's the same as my area. So what did you choose as your answer to the poll?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2010
1:23 PM

Post #8177465

I chose that we'd not had much change.

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2010
2:05 PM

Post #8177529

stephanietx,

Thanks for the info. I thought that one meant that the trees in your area don't change much - ever. I'm so confused. Thanks.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


October 26, 2010
2:48 PM

Post #8177615

The 'very little change' would be for those who are still experiencing summer, as we have a category for no autumn color. (might not be the best wording, my apologies)

We're right at peak, but with the drought we've had all summer, the show will be over soon.
Here's sassafras and sumac last week.

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DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2010
3:18 PM

Post #8177690

melody,

Thank you. I wasn't trying to be difficult, although it probably sounds that way. I really was confused - my normal state, I think. Sometimes I over think things.

After stephanietx answered, I went back and reread all the categories at which point I did see that the last one covers 'no change ever'. I think it was the verb tense on the 3rd one that threw me, but, again, I'm sometimes inclined to over think things and confuse myself. Thanks to you and stephanie for straightening me out.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 26, 2010
4:54 PM

Post #8177881

Oh how I Love the colors of Autumn, but we hardly ever get the pretty colors this far south. I've been in Florida for 43 years, and only once have we had a colorful autumn when the Hickory and Maple trees were beautiful shades of gold and red. This is the time of year I wish I could take a vacation a bit farther north to see all the glorious shades!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2010
8:04 PM

Post #8178435

Due to drought, most of ours just turned brown this year. Normally, they're quite colorful. :(
sherman99
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2010
8:06 PM

Post #8178443

the leaves changing colors are one of the things i miss about NY. here leaves just fall off without doing much of anything except maybe turn yellow. I really miss the reds, the oranges the yellows!
TPNursery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

October 26, 2010
9:33 PM

Post #8178617

Aspens in the Sierras

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TPNursery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

October 26, 2010
9:35 PM

Post #8178618

A display of leaves

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TPNursery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

October 26, 2010
9:40 PM

Post #8178621

the O.K. corral

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plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 27, 2010
6:03 AM

Post #8178949

TPNursery: Oh my goodness, what stunning color! Thanks for sharing those photo's, makes me wish I were there enjoying the beauty in person!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 27, 2010
7:45 AM

Post #8179148

Just took a drive over the North Cascade Highway - gorgeous. West side = red and gold against forest green conifers. East side = golden yellows against stark white aspen trunks. A sprinkling of snow at the top.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 27, 2010
9:31 AM

Post #8179346

January of this year was the first time I've seen anything that resembles fall foliage during the 20 years I've lived here in Ft Lauderdale. In early January we had several frosts during the coldest spell of weather since 1977. This photo was taken Jan 16th showing the change of colors on some of the trees. The frosts and freezes were not a great thing, but the reds, oranges and yellows that quickly appeared were a pleasant surprise.

Jon

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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


October 27, 2010
9:36 AM

Post #8179353

How nice!

We take the color for granted further north. This year isn't as good for us because of the drought, but the sumac was stunning...

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TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2010
10:40 AM

Post #8179454

My Chinese Pistache tree is just beginning to take on an orange tinge. The cypress trees are turning rusty-colored now too. It's still so warm here in DFW...eighties every day.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 27, 2010
11:33 AM

Post #8179569

bonehead, I used to love to ride the North Cascade Hwy on my motorcycle! Still miss that area of Washington.

Doug
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

October 27, 2010
3:39 PM

Post #8180065

Just getting started here
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2010
6:16 PM

Post #8180424

This was Sunday the 24 th. 90% of that beauty is now on the ground following a days rain with blustery wind.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2010
6:18 PM

Post #8180429

oops...missed the image. Here it is.

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

October 27, 2010
6:26 PM

Post #8180447

Here the leaves are just passing their peak. One more good rain & frost should do them in...

From last week.

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docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2010
6:45 PM

Post #8180537

From West Va. comes a dandy peeks through to the modest Eastern peaks beyond. Nice!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 28, 2010
8:31 AM

Post #8181243

It was such a weird year that we have just pops of colors with some trees still totally green yet other with all their leaves gone already, so I didn't even pick a category.

Here's a shot from hubby's truck taken while out for a Sunday drive.

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 28, 2010
8:31 AM

Post #8181244

-sorry for the double post
This message was edited Oct 28, 2010 11:31 AM

This message was edited Oct 28, 2010 11:32 AM

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 28, 2010
1:44 PM

Post #8181653

after the wind the last 3 days hardly any leaves left on the trees!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 29, 2010
5:13 AM

Post #8182664

We are past peak here, although our tulip popular is still a beautiful gold. I don't think that reds (except for burning bush) were as bright as usual. Probably the effect of a very dry summer.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2010
7:08 AM

Post #8182815

Here is a brilliant yellow image from our city park taken a week ago. It is about finished dropping it's leaves now...one week later.

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Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

October 29, 2010
8:49 AM

Post #8182968

Not the best fall color this year, because of a bit of a drought (zone 6), but there's always something pretty, like a driveway covered with leaves.

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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


October 29, 2010
9:03 AM

Post #8182986

How pretty!
We've had a drought as well and we had a lack of red and maroon, but the golds were quite nice. The storm Wednesday pretty much stripped the trees for the year though.
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

October 29, 2010
9:47 AM

Post #8183096

Hi, Melody - and the dogwoods instead of being red were kind of a glowy peach. Wonderful sumac in your picture!

Docgipe - that's a gorgeous picture but I couldn't quite make out the tree. Gingko or maple?

TPnursery, I'm eating my heart out!

Hello to TexasTam in Plano - I used to visit relatives there every year when there was only calfer corn and maize surrounding you!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


October 29, 2010
10:00 AM

Post #8183121

Hi Rebecca, I'm at the north end of KY Lake.

We had odd red shades this year. Sumac was really red as usual, and the dogwoods almost turned red, and then the leaves all fell off. The drought sure made an impact.

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Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

October 29, 2010
10:07 AM

Post #8183132

We're towards the south end, at White Oak Creek embayment.

Yes, the drought did damage and I fear we'll lose some trees this winter. But I'm so glad we've had one good rain to lessen the fire risk. Do you get a good rain?

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


October 29, 2010
10:11 AM

Post #8183140

about 3/4"...hopefully it will prevent some fires (I've got a brush burn pile I need to do something with, but we're still under a burn ban.)

I'm just a touch north of Murray near Jonathan Creek.

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2010
10:39 AM

Post #8183182

I can live vicariously through all your beautiful fall pictures! Alas, I live in the desert and we have pretty much 2 seasons - hot and not quite as hot;o) There are some trees here that will give a little fall color show but they are few and far between.
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

October 29, 2010
1:00 PM

Post #8183416

locakelly - I hate that for you! Could you plant a little sumac somewhere just for the guaranteed color?
TPNursery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

October 29, 2010
1:11 PM

Post #8183442

Sierra Aspens - close-up

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TPNursery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

October 29, 2010
1:16 PM

Post #8183451

Hope Valley in the Sierra Mountains
A mass of Aspens with changing colors
(sorry for the blur)

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TPNursery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

October 29, 2010
1:18 PM

Post #8183459

A better view~
I love the sun shining through ~

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Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

October 29, 2010
1:25 PM

Post #8183468

No! No - I can't stand it!

:)

Seriously, TP, they may be more beautiful even than Northern Minnesota and New York.

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2010
1:45 PM

Post #8183498

Rebeccatowoc - not sure if Sumac will grow here... I know some grow some types of pear trees that have lovely autumn foliage... I need to plant more trees so will definitely be looking for something to give me a spot of color;o)

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


October 29, 2010
1:54 PM

Post #8183513

There are several shrubs in the Rhus genus and all have brilliant autumn foliage. They're tough as nails, withstand lots of drought, and reliably produce stunning fall color. You might want to try some.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2010
2:16 PM

Post #8183544

That beautiful yellow tree is a maple. Gingko is on the do not plant list in that park.

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2010
3:18 PM

Post #8183697

Thanks melody - I'll look into those;o)
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 29, 2010
5:19 PM

Post #8183996

TP, thanks for posting those pics! I miss seeing Tahoe--used to visit when I lived in the Sacramento area.
TPNursery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

October 29, 2010
5:24 PM

Post #8184008

I love this area!
KyWoods: Please do visit Tahoe whenever you can.
And let me know when you do so we can get together :)
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

October 29, 2010
7:59 PM

Post #8184319

docgipe - Sorry to be stupid, but why is that?
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2010
4:13 AM

Post #8184598

Fruit of female stinks and leaves a rotting mess. Tree is not a native. The park is forestry managed. After many years of harvest and replacement I believe the park is all native trees. The shrubs are nearly all native. Garden clubs have their lists but are not absolutely native plant restricted. The worst flowering plants have been eliminated. This is desirable because we are for the most part living in the forest where invasive and non-native trees are not replaced when removed. Open farmland is percentage wise very small in our part of Pennsylvania which is still largely forest from here to the Great Lakes. This picture is typical. You can see the small farms peeking out of the forest.

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KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2010
8:20 AM

Post #8184912

Ooo, that's gorgeous! If it weren't for invasive japanese honeysuckle, our forests would look like that. :(
CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

October 31, 2010
3:07 PM

Post #8187205

Our trees are just peaking--we're in that really short period between the color appearing, and then the winds coming up and blowing the leaves all down! Here's my Full-Moon Japanese maple two days ago. It's windy tonight though!

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TPNursery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

October 31, 2010
3:16 PM

Post #8187227

Oh my! Now that is breath taking CapeCodeGardener!
Absolutely beautiful!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2010
5:16 AM

Post #8188023

My trees in the back yard are all leafless. One tree in the front hasn't even started dropping their yellow orange leaves and the other one is almost done dropping its leaves. The two in front and one in back are all 3 Norway Maples. No idea why the the one in back was almost done dropping its leaves at the beginning of October and the two in front are at such drastic levels. It is really weird.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2010
6:51 AM

Post #8188157

That is the nicest Japanese Maple I have seen to date. We had one at the homestead planted in 1948 that approached this beauty.
CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2010
9:04 AM

Post #8188384

Thank you, I accept your compliments on behalf of my favorite Japanese Maple maple, which was a birthday present to myself four years ago on Hallowe'en. I think our foliage, at least here on the mid-Cape, has been especially colorful this year. Maybe the result of our good summer weather--lots of sunny days yet with above-average rain to encourage leaf-growth.
TPNursery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

November 2, 2010
9:17 AM

Post #8190345

Love to take a walk in the Sierra's

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locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2010
9:13 PM

Post #8193542

That is a stunning Maple CapeCod - WOW!! That tree would not survive my summers, but my parents live in Maine and I think my Mom needs to plant one for me - at her house;o)

Love the Sierra pic too! Makes me miss "the seasons" even more!
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

November 4, 2010
6:42 AM

Post #8193879

My "Red Sunset" sugar maple that I just planted last fall is a beautiful glowing orange, all five leaves! Just as with hydrangea and crape myrtle, you never know what color they're going to be until you see it, and I love it. (Pics next year.)
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2010
10:23 AM

Post #8280575

I am a little late coming to this party, but wanted to chime in. We had absolutely gorgeous color this year. I mean relative to the fact we are in SoCal, but inland. We had early cold weather with some nights in 20's Thanksgiving week. We do not get hard freezes as the days warm up to at least 50's and on up. For years I lived at the coast and, of course leaf changing did not happen. Most of my pictures were taken with my not great cell phone as the color was not in our yard. Here are 3 trees in front of daughter's school taken mid Dec. (before our rains washed all the leaves off.)
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2010
10:25 AM

Post #8280578

This was taken from car the beginning of Nov.

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quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2010
10:43 AM

Post #8280595

Here is more typical SoCal Fall colors:

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quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2010
10:46 AM

Post #8280600

And another more typical mid-November shot (petunia, geranium, baby carnations, and hey, the fire stick succulent has fall colors!):

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KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 28, 2010
5:18 PM

Post #8281127

Lovely! If you can't get many fall leaves, Mother Nature makes sure you get to keep your flowers longer than we do.
I never spent much time in southern CA, but when I lived in Hawaii and northern Ca, I missed the fall colors here in Kentucky. Unfortunately a drought robbed us of most of those colors this fall.
Of course, now that it's down in the teens and single digits at night, I miss California!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


December 29, 2010
7:31 AM

Post #8281743

Just beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.

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