If I promise not to flatter you madly only to trap and devour you (you'll have to check out the poem to understand), will you come on a garden tour with me? Right next to the spider-hosting grass is another Miscanthus sinensis, this one a purpureus. The fall colour is fabulous in the sunshine, and it's what I see when I open my door.At least, I see the Miscanthus if I look ahead to the right; looking ahead toward my left, my eye follows the pathway to the gate, first tracing the route the Boston Ivy (parthenocissus tricuspidata) climbs up this trunk. Just outside the gate is this Broadleaf Maple, rather a nuisance most of the year, but glorious this week.Just beyond the Miscanthus in the right foreground, were we to walk along that fork of the path, is this Pennisetum alopcuroides 'Hameln' (dwarf fountain grass) which I love for its feathers, outlined here by the October sun. If, looking out my door, I turn back to the right, this flash of colour pulls my eye past the miscanthus further to the right where this Japanese maple (it's an acer palmatum dissectum, but that's as much as I can remember right now and I can't find the identifying info in my notes) flames orange (the dark purple mass to the right is a sambucus nigra).
Really, we have to walk over for a closer glance. I don't remember it ever being so fabulous, but I'm not sure I ever spotted it on just such a sunny October day.
On the front terrace, against the house, is this cotoneaster leftover from the previous owner's landscaping. Not a favourite of mine, it has nevertheless survived serious uprooting both through construction (lifting of old house, addition of new section) and landscaping work. And every fall, I'm glad it did, despite my impatience with it the rest of the year. After all, look at these berries: And before we leave, here's a plant I've shown you before, the leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle). No special fall qualities, except that this baby's been blossoming and offering up berries since June, and it's still going strong. Haven't seen the pheasants around yet, but I'm still hoping (apparently, as I mentioned in an earlier post, these berries are a pheasant favourite)Clouds are beginning to fill the sky, the sea's getting greyer by the minute, and I know our sunny fall days are at an end, so I'm glad I took this opportunity to get out into the garden and show you what's happening there. What about you? Any special beauties in your fall garden? Or just fall joys you're finding in the world around you? I'd love to hear from you.