Intense Colors – Mild Day

img_7175

The weekend looks quite a bit colder with possible flurries!  That was far from our minds today with temperatures again near 60 degrees F.  Tomorrow should be near 70 degrees F!  Thank you Mother Nature.  Above is the South entrance to the Japanese garden.  The ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) get very intense colors before they drop their leaves.  The weather allowed for more progress on gardening tasks out in the gardens as well as continued efforts on finishing up our Holiday Light Show (HLS) set-up.  This is my 18th November running cords for this HLS event and I can’t say I remember milder weather.  In fact, I can remember early snow and trying to get cords connected on days that were 40 degrees F colder than what we’ve had recently.  Our progress went well out in the gardens with Big John, Larry O., Larry H., Bobby K., Cindy and myself all working on HLS-related tasks.

img_7115

fall color on bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) at the Horticulture Center – deciduous conifer

img_7121

ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) leaves

img_7124

fall color on Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii, unknown cultivar) – woody shrub

img_7133

fall color on ‘Varied Directions’ larch (Larix × marschlinsii) – deciduous conifer

img_7139

fall color on ‘Riversii’ European beech (Fagus sylvatica) – woody tree

img_7141

Our volunteers were extremely helpful out in the gardens today with a wide range of gardening tasks accomplished.  Above (left to right) are Myrt, Nancy, Gena, Dr. Tom and Patti.  This quintet did a nice job tidying by the Heirloom Garden and gazebo garden.  Kathy and Eva (below) collected lots of debris and leaves in a couple of other areas as well.  Alan was in for leaf collection and finished heeling in some perennials for the winter as we’ll plant them next spring.  Ron P. repaired lights most of the day and Peg L. continues updating our plant records system.  Bev D. did some work at the Horticulture Center beds.  We also saw Art H. and a couple of others today.  It was a super day.

img_7144

 

img_7145

Bobby K. doing is electrical kung fu

img_7127

this is the flagstone that is being placed in the English cottage garden

img_7142

the giant, floating obelisk is ready to go!

img_7150

fruits on Hamilton’s spindletree (Euonymus hamiltonianus) – woody shrub / small tree

img_7154

brilliant color on ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) – woody tree

img_7159

fall color on Ironclad™ Siebold viburnum (Viburnum sieboldii ‘KLMfour’) – woody shrub

img_7164

fall color on Japanese kerria (Kerria japonica) – woody shrub (note the green stems)

img_7173

‘Hillside Winter Gold’ white pine (Pinus strobus) – woody tree

img_7176

fall color on ‘Royal Purple’ smokebush (Cotinus coggygria) – woody shrub/tree

Comments are closed.