“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
The garden is in a state of collapse, but there are still some fantastic bursts of color to be found. Rosa spinosissima- ‘Karl Forster’, a white flowering scotch rose, is having its second flowering, the Nicotianas are still going strong as is the Actaea (Cimicifuga) ramosa‘James Compton.’
But for me the real show right now is in the meadows and forests. I find I am looking past the perennial borders to the plants that have been waiting patiently backstage: the maples, oaks, wild cherry, virginia creeper, asters, goldenrod, and sumac really star this time of year. And what a year for fall color- one of the best I can remember. So often strong winds and heavy rains knock the leaves free from branches before the color peaks, but this year the trees are ablaze and it is magnificent. After a two months of drought in June and July we finally got the rain we needed The hayed fields are emerald green against the yellows, oranges, pinks and reds of the various tree varieties. I would like more fall color in the garden itself. With this in mind I am going to go the nursery, while the maples are in color, and pick out some of the crimson and red trees and place them in the center of my garden.