Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Close to two inches of rain yesterday and the march of the inevitable is bringing the peak to a rapid end. It is starting to look bare out there.

I was down at Client # 1's raking, raking and doing some more raking of the drop when this very fetching Fothergilla caught my eye. This one plant has a rainbow of color in its fall fashion wardrobe. Green, yellow and hints of red and orange highlight a strong purplish plum. I will be raking for a couple more weeks yet at the Clients. Gardy don't rake up on this mountain.

The big drop is winding down, but it isn't over. I wonder what the annual tonnage of the leaf drop across the northern hemisphere is.

The native Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, gets naked and gets busy. One day I would like to add to this collection with some of the later blooming, (January, February) varieties.

Moving in the opposite direction, the cozy cabin is getting dressed. The first half wall of drywall was screwed on during the deluge. It is always good to get another project going . You can never have too many projects going on at once.

The last bits of color call for attention as the world turns gray, fluttering in the wind.

The light and shade of the forest is about to go out.

The bare bones of the earth will soon take center stage.


Siria said...

Hi Christopher! Your cozy cabin is looking awesome! There is still so much beautiful color to enjoy. Glad you are taking advantage of every last minute of it! Your pictures are beautiful.

Lola said...

Your pics are so awesome, it's like being there witnessing the brilliance of the colors.
Cozy Cabin is looking more like home with part of her interior done.

chuck b. said...

I think a whole photo essay on that one plummy witch hazel is in order!

Anonymous said...

Oh the project of the drywall is so gratifying, Christopher. It really changes the look quickly. We love fothergillas, and have been able to divide the suckering sprouts to spread them around some. I love everything about them, four seasons of interest for sure. Imagining the leaf fall totals is too much for my little brain, I dream of composted leaves. :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh wow; drywall is a really exciting development! Have we talked about interior paint colors yet??!!
I always hate it when those first few bare trees appear - you know what's coming next. On the other hand, it gives one more light in the forest. Thanks for the gorgeous photos.


sweet bay said...

The blazing yellows, golds and orange in the first picture are amazingly beautiful. So is the Fothergilla.