. . . at least as far as the garden is concerned. The rain we've been waiting for all month arrived today. It was just a gentle sprinkling this morning but is coming down hard enough right now that it may be a problem for Trick or Treaters.
This was the view from the library window at noontime — appealing enough for Mark to grab his camera and go for a garden walk. For those of you who've been to our garden he's heading east from the deck to give some bearings.
Looking back (west) to the Tea house.
Above the pond on the path between the Turtle and Buddha mounds with Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldiana) in the foreground and Acer palmatum atropurpureum in the background.
Typically our Korean maples (Acer pseudosieboldiana )turn fire engine red but this year they are leaning to gold and orange. You can see the traditional color in splotches on a few leaves.
The dramatic Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostrobodies) in our neighbor's yard is turning its annual cinnamon color.
Our weeping Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) is just about done. Last night at Olbrich, their Katsura was shimmering yellow and had barely lost a leaf yet.
A Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) called 'Orangeola,' that keeps on growing though most winters it has significant die back. But who's complaining with color like this?!
Our oldest Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldiana) has colored up in the way we normally expect, as you can see from its fallen leaves (below). Don't know if that's related to age or the amount of sun it gets.
This particular one also grows in sweeping layers like a dogwood.
This view is looking the opposite direction from the image in the second photo.
One of our striped maples, Acer tegmentosum 'White Tigress'. The leaves on this tree are very large and they turn a nice clear yellow.
Coming around the west side of the house toward the front garden. The path goes under a massive 60-year-old Arborvitae holding a Thai bell.
Toad lilies have moved on to the next phase.
Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Mariesi' has thick, textured leaves that always turn a deep rich color that is hard to name.
This Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldiana) is 13 years old and split during a winter storm a few years ago. Mark literally screwed it back together and as you can see it hasn't skipped a beat. This gorgeous orange is not its usual fall color but I am totally enjoying it.
A 'Tina' crabapple that is grafted to a standard and is lovely in all seasons.
Acer triflorum (foreground) and Acer pseudosieboldiana at the edge of the Moon Garden.
I think fall is the season when Bergenias really shine — and none of those hot pink flowers to distract your attention from the leaves!
This Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostrobodies) is 'Ogon,' sometimes known as 'Goldrush,' and is much softer in color than other years. This is a needled tree that is deciduous.
The 'lollipop' lilac.
We consider this a piece of garden art but it adds the perfect Halloween atmosphere to the garden.