October 7, 2012

Three Autumns

From year to year the scene changes dramatically along the back hill where I have been planting tree saplings over six or seven years.  The trees grow, I lose some, new seedlings pop up, and I plant more little container saplings each year. The mini forest constantly reinvents itself.

No two seasons ever look the same out there.

Here are three views taken in early October in three recent years.  All these shots were taken from the patio, looking out at the hillside.

October 11, 2010 the hillside was dominated by pale gold and soft yellow.

The following year -- October 11, 2011.  Some rich golden color, and some maples turning russet.

October 7, 2012.  This year there are scarlets and reds, but no golden hues.

As the maples have matured, the color show in this strip of woods has gotten more dramatic, less muted, more red, less golden.

But I do not lack for gold in early October.  Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) has finally matured into a good sized shrub behind the spruces this year, and it gives me all the bright yellow I could want.

Here's a peek on a misty, rainy day:

And then the sun came out.

And in bright sunshine it was dripping golden coins.

This spicebush will rain down all its golden treasure before the rest of the hillside completely colors up.

This is the first year in the past three that it has done this so vividly. It's as if the spicebush has put on its own show to make up for the lack of any sunshine gold on the hill this year.

  

26 comments:

  1. Laurrie, your photos show how the nature depends on weather. The colors, the tree forms, leaves brightness.... Nice pics!

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    1. Nadezda, thanks so much. Conditions change each year and it always looks different.

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  2. That's what I love about autumn and leaves; no two are the same. Ever. Moreover, as your varying colors show, they're all good. Enjoy, Laurrie.

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    1. Lee, Autumn really is full of surprises each year, and you are right -- they're all good, as long as no October snow storms are in the mix.

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  3. What a great idea to document the same fall view every year! Fall color is so dependent on weather and moisture but I never would have guessed the changes could be that dramatic.

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    1. Sue, I enjoy gong back to prior years to see so many things that have changed in my garden. Some changes are dramatic, others are incremental and slow to alter, but fun to see.

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  4. Amazing photos! I love comparing the garden from year to year!

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    1. Barbara, thanks! I'm glad I have these photos to compare years, it's a kick to see how the same scene looks each year.

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  5. It is fun to see the changes over the years. I always look forward to seeing what the autumn weathers offer via the tree leaves.

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    1. Lisa, I am always surprised at how variable fall color is here, not just on this hillside of young developing trees, but everywhere around in the woods. Some years the yellows prevail, others it is the reds, or butterscotch hues --- each year differs.

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  6. It's always interesting to see how different the colors in the landscape can be from one fall to the next. I like the addition of all the red in your wooded area, but that spicebush is gorgeous!

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    1. Rose, Isn't that spicebush something? They grow wild in the woods, and this has been a great year for them -- bright gold everywhere right now.

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  7. I love the reds of fall but a good dollop of bright yellow is captivating. Love the colour and the way the leaves hang off this spicebush. Interesting how the colour changes each year with climate conditions and maturity of the trees.

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    1. Marguerite, The reds are rich colors, but I like it best when they are all mixed in with gold and yellow, and the flaming oranges of the sugar maples.

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  8. Oh I so love how you captured this scene every year...keep that up! My favorite is this year! It is a combination of the reds and the bed that you extended in the foreground. How stunning!!!!

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    1. Nicole, I think my favorite is this year too. The golden colors were soft, but I love the emerging scarlet the best!

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  9. Don't you just love how the maples add that punch accentuating the season? They are certainly one of my favourite trees! I like this idea of comparing a specific site year by year. It's interesting to see the changes as the trees mature and I noticed you now have a little bridge over the stream which looks lovely.

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    1. Shirley, thanks! The little bridge was added this spring, and the minute we placed it over the tiny dry creekbed, I liked it. Not so with most projects here, which I tweak endlessly. The bridge was just right from the start.

      I loved your fall mosaic showing the north color autumn in all its variety!

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  10. You're right about fall never looking the same way. It's more dynamic than spring. The palette may be the same, but the style always changes. :o)

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    1. Tammy, yes, dynamic is the word. So vivid, so changeable, such a surprise each year. Autumn is a heart pounder, and gets me going each year : )

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  11. Autumn is wonderful! I always enjoy seeing views of the same part of the garden as seasons and years pass. I think your 2012 view is best!

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    1. Deborah, I agree! I miss the golden color, but I like the deep red the best : )

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  12. Wow, that is just gorgeous. We don't really have a colorful fall here. Enjoy!

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    1. Ruth, thanks. I am lucky to live in a place where autumn puts on such a show each year!

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  13. Do you have a female Lindera? Because the berries are a delicious spice...just sayin'

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    1. Ellen, I have several spicebushes growing in the meadow, but they are all young, and it's hard to tell if any are females, or if this one is. I am hoping to see berries at some point on at least a few of them!

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