I don't have quite that much still blooming but a few. The maple in the back has almost completely lost its leaves but the two in the front haven't even begun to change. Its the same every year. I have a few pics taken over the past week or so...This was yesterday morning. I could believe it
enya my Fireworks is not staked! but did reseed on me big time. I cut it down today to avoid that. That was one plant when I put it in last year (spring 2007) I kept 3 of the seedlings and yanked the rest. It has never tumbled on me this year or last. I never even thought about staking it.
Taken this morning. This amur maple (acer ginnila) is always the first to color up in the fall. Unfortunately the leaves don't stay on very long. A brilliant burst of color and then a few day later bare branches.
tcs1366, that's a spectacular display of marigolds and (can't remember the name of the other low grower now, but I used it in salads all summer long :) ) ! The flower closeup is very crisp. I can almost feel the petals.
dragonfly62, what a splash of color in that one shot of the plant!
frahnzone5, your maple is lovely dressed up and looks like it would have an enchanting web of branches when the leaves drop off. Personally, I love multi branched trees for that grove effect in the winter.
Thanks for another punch of bright colors on this overcast day :)
Yes, Nasturtium! My son would eat all the flowers out of the salad and I'll be
left with leaves only, but he ate loads of fresh greens this summer.
With flowers being the most popular ingredient, I even did not collect enough
seeds but Nasturtiums are a definite annual for me next year again!
I can not believe i did not take any photos over the past weekend.
Our area ... the Dells, is just stunning -- with the reds, oranges and golds. Absolutely stunning ...
then i come back to Illinois, which does not even compare. Even when we are at "prime" fall colors, we are not as pretty... as we just have flat lands here, no hills. [you have to go towards Rockford area for that] **sniff**
Hi Maxine, purchased it from Craig Bergman's Nursery in Wintrhop Harbor, Il. The foliage on it is beautiful spring, summer and fall. The blooms are also spectacular. HOWEVER, this plant has been in the ground for at 4 growing seasons and I get only one or two blooms. I moved it this fall to a spot with more sun in hopes of getting more flowers. We'll see.
frahnzone5 - Beautiful fall colors. My Vernal Witchhazel has great yellow color this fall as well. I'll have to get a picture of it and post it too. Your Brookside Geranium has really nice color too - love that one.
tcs - great color on your burning bush, mine is always mottled and has just changed from green to red, like overnight!
thanks medinac ... i absolutely LOVE burning bushes. Mine does turn a gorgeous red.
last week when we left [Thurs morning] my Maple was green -- and it's an ugly green... when we got home today, it was a stunning yellow -- which i have to say, I never recall ... but half the leaves are gone already. If i remember tomorrow, i'll take a photo.
Hi jcoakley, I think it was The Natural Gardens in St. Charles. They have a wide selection of native prairie plants. However, I have a couple of plants that are in a gravel area and that readily re-seed. I will have several seedlings next spring if you are interested in a couple. They should be about 4" pot size. This is a slow growing grass so it will take about 3 years for them to grow to a decent size.
The Euonymus I originally got from Forest Farm. They call it Euonymus hamiltonianus sieboldianus but the real name for it (if you're a taxonomy nut like me) is Euonymus hamiltonianus var. sieboldianus. I just looked at their listing for it, and I can't believe it: they have a pic with the insignificant flowers instead of the capsules! They did the same thing for another I have, Euonymus bungeana 'Pink Lady'. Anyway, sieboldianus is the more spectacular, IMO. Mine is growing in full sun, which assures abundant flowers and a most colorful fall show.
I wouldn't advise it for anyone east (and maybe straight south too) of Minnesota. Euonymus species in general are usually invasive in those areas. You see, we do have our own advantages in the dryer and colder part of the Midwest. Maxine, you'd be safe, since you are close to me. The shrub suckers from the base and I could easily send you a piece in the spring, if you remind me. Or you could come out.
The euonymus are invasive by seeding, not suckering. In the ten years that I have had that sieboldianus, it has reached out maybe 1 ft. I have never found any seedlings at all. However, a friend near Taylors Falls has had a few from E. bungeana. She has had her plant about 15 years. The roots on all euonymus form a thick mat in the soil. I am not sure anything would grow well under it except maybe bulbous materials.
Frahn,have those daphanoides ever been cut back, or are they naturally many stemmed? And do they have catkins? How old are those pictured?
I prune in the spring to shape, remove crossed branches and dead wood but I do not cut them back. Daphonoides does not respond as well to coppicing as other williows. It is a large shrub not a tree and is naturally multi-stem with a nice straight growing habit. The ones in the picture are about 16 ft tall. Yes, it has catkins in the spring. They are nice but small (about 1 inch) and not as showy as other willow species.
I can sent you cuttings in the spring if you are interested in growing this willow. LMK.
I know Felisa - I didn't get pics right away and then when I had time it was past it's prime and alot of leaves were off and today's wind did it in. Just seems to me the colors are much more vibrant this year on everything. I didn't realize that was a Coffee Tree. Glad to know that in case the Emerald Ash borers arrive. That's a really nice tree but a slow grower from what I've read, I really like it's form though.
Leftwood - Those Euonymus are gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen them before.
Felisa, thanks for offering the cuttings. But I already have some rooted in pots now from someone else. Just wanted to know your take on the species. Thanks for the info, especially about copicing. Who would have thought there would even be such a willow (except perhaps arctic species)?
Quoting:Those Euonymus are gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen them before.
So many wonderful pictures of trees and bushes in their fall glory!
We have a shared lot between 3 neightbours that has lost 3 large
trees this summer. This opened it quite a bit in the middle and I
started wondering about showy, preferably native trees/shrubs
to have there. All 3 neighbours get a very good look of the area
in the fall when the rest of the trees around lose their leaves.
At the moment I am an observer-gardener, don't get much outside.
But this does give me time to think and dream :)
Good heavens Bernie! I thought that you had gone crazy. No one should need a cup of coffee so bad that they'd go out in 2 feet of snow. LOL I was not in a good mood when I looked out of my bedroom window on Saturday morning to see that coating of snow. I've still go a bit on my deck. My temps did not got above freezing today, and probably didn't yesterday either. A week ago we had 70 degrees. Go figure.
edited to fix a typo...thanks for the heads-up Bernie
Just talked to my hosta honey about an hour ago and he was off to bed. He's up at 4 am for work. Hey...he's kind of working in your neck of the woods right now...I think around Lyle, MN. That's a long drive to and from work for him right now.
even though it's been COLD and a few nights in the upper 20's ... I still have roses [Hybrid Teas and a Floribunda] blooming, and my Pot Marigolds. The seed pack said they can "take the cold" but they are still blooming strong.
I've had one hard [or almost hard] frost that wiped everything out... but these plants are in my south flower bed, so they seem more protected.
I planted a new bed just prior to Oct. 1st next to the house and on the east side. I have one purple phlox that is completely unfazed by the cold we've had recently. I keep going out there expecting it to be hit by the frost but it's still going. Although, since it's snowing right now, we'll have to see how it fares overnight. It has amazed me though.
Even though my English Marigolds were still blooming... and i hated to do it, but i pulled them today.
**sniff sniff* found 2 dead mantids in there too. Guess it was their time, poor girls ... probably froze to death.
Cut back my roses a bit... brought in two buds from Radiant Perfume