November 4, 2013

As Planned

October left us, November arrived, and overnight, it seems, the Norway maples turned butter yellow, the silver maples turned lemony and the red maple in the back yard went up in flames.

I planned the walkway around the side of the house to feature the red maple at this time of year. It's the focal point as you round the walk, although honestly you can't miss it from anywhere in the yard, inside the house, or half a mile up the street.

I even planned it so there would be an allee effect, with the maple framed in the distance as you walk the short path from the driveway to the back of the house.

A multi colored fothergilla is at the start of the walk, and the maple is at the end. It works the way I planned.

The fothergilla is enough to make you stop before you even start down the allee.

I also planned a pop of flame red color to anchor the far right front corner of our lot, where I put in a red oak last year, but it is nowhere near as big as the maple.

And yet this skinny red oak is not bothered by its wispy stature. It puts out a confident blast of red, even though it is eight feet tall and has the girth of a drinking straw.

It will some day have an effect like the maple, but I'm tickled that at this young stage it is so blatantly red in fall.

When I go back inside the house the flaming red fire of the maple lights up the kitchen window. A red glow reflects off the table, the floors, the counter.

Even in the bedroom, where a leafy green magnolia by the window screens the view, there is no escaping the fire outside. Red light pools on the dresser top.

The autumn sky at sunset also reflects the riot of color below, but softens the golds and reds to peachy rose. I couldn't plan anything this beautiful.




38 comments:

  1. Lovely red maple! Your fothergilla makes me jealous, ours didn't do much color this year at all.
    It was a good year for red maples in ct, I think; here is a shot of ours: http://acairfearann.com/2013/11/03/red-maples/
    We too can enjoy it from inside the house, which is neat!

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    1. Acair Fearann, it's too bad you aren't getting great color this year in your fothergilla. This has been a really good fall for all the trees and shrubs here for the first time since 2010. I checked out your red maple -- brilliant orange red and gorgeous! Need sunglasses.

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  2. Laurrie, what a romantic post! I love your Norway maple and the photo where a red maple is at the end of a path. Beautiful!

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    1. Nadezda, thanks. I love the way the red maple is framed at the end of the path too!

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  3. I tell you, your garden aflame is a winner, showing me what you mean when you compare this year to my all-time favorite, 2010. And your design maximizng views from here and there is spot on.

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    1. Lee, even a recovering one eyed patient can see this kind of fall color! Yes, this year is turning out almost as colorful as the memorable 2010. Just the right conditions.

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  4. This is one of my favorite times of the year to bounce around to blogs all over the world and see all the fall color and you did not disappoint!!!! Beautiful!!! We do not get a lot of color change - nothing close to what you have. Beautiful shots!!

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    1. Kacky, Thanks! We have enough color up here for everyone to enjoy. I'm glad you stopped by for a little bit of New England : )

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  5. The fire is lighting your entire house it seems. Love this red. Our neighbor has a lovely red maple that draws the eye down our street. Simply gorgeous.

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    1. Lisa, red maples are such stars, always reliably scarlet or crimson every year. I'm glad you have one nearby to admire!

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  6. I love your Maple...and the fact that you've created that path with it as a focal point is brilliant...especially with the mounding grasses and Fothergilla...perfect!

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    1. Scott, thanks, getting a "perfect" from you is major! I do like the way the walk turned out, and it is a nice path in all seasons, but especially now.

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  7. Wow, what a gorgeous tree! Your garden does not lack for romance and excitement in fall! The fothergilla is damn nice to. Another shrub I really need that I don't have a spot for.

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    1. Jason, all the prettiest shrubs are too big! Another blogger, Heather, says 'Jane Platt' fothergilla maxes out at 2-3 feet, and she shows gorgeous color on her small one. http://www.justagirlwithahammer.com/2013/11/fall-color-im-digging.html#disqus_thread

      Maybe you can find that cultivar?

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  8. LAURRIE!!!! Can I transport you to my house to work on some things?!?! Seriously! You have such an eye for creating a scene! I about fell over when I saw the shot of the walk and the maple at the end with the billowing grasses! Amazing! Happy November to you!

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    1. Nicole -- love your excitement over my gardening efforts : ) It's fun to have others appreciate what I am doing (when it all works out). This walkway does please me more than some other efforts in my garden! Happy fall ---

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  9. Ooooh... gosh you're good! I so love that fothergilla. I would be so self-satisfied if my garden looked like that, there would be no putting up with me.

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    1. Larkspur, thanks so much. It will not be long before your major new garden looks full and rich!

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  10. Your allee is amazing! I can imagine slowly strolling down the walk with some coffee or hot cider and taking in the fiery colors. I also need that fothergilla (or one a little smaller).

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    1. Kathryn, the allee effect was one I was definitely trying for! There is a smaller fothergilla, about 2-3 foot size that another blogger has, called 'Jane Platt' if you can find it. Heather has a post on it here: http://www.justagirlwithahammer.com/2013/11/fall-color-im-digging.html#disqus_thread

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  11. The red maple is stunning from every angle! And Wow on that allee! Great designing, Laurrie. The fothergilla is the perfect accent, but it makes me a little sad--my poor fothergilla put out a few puny red leaves before dropping all of them. I think its days may be numbered:(

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    1. Rose, that's distressing to have no fall color in your fothergilla. They are pretty shrubs all spring and summer, but fall is when you want it to shine. You'll need to get a replacement if yours is on the way out!

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  12. The red maple is gorgeous! Great planning. The fothergilla is too. So many brilliant colors on one plant.

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    1. Sweetbay, thanks. I love it when things work out the way I planned -- they usually don't : )

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  13. Wow, wow, wow! I love the views from your windows! That tree is just magnificent. But the fothergilla is fabulous, too. Great autumn color!

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    1. Holley, it was so hard to capture how glowing the inside of my house is. We have very large windows and the red is so intense so near the windows -- but the camera saw mostly shadow! Sometimes it is startling to open the shade --- I have almost called the fire department a few times.

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  14. I'm in awe that you planned all this. It is beyond beautiful. How gratifying to see everything come together. My fothergilla is a bit behind yours - it has just started to get deep color. But mine tends to me more orange. It's pretty but not as deep a color as yours. Must be the climate.

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    1. Sarah, the "planning" was a lot of trial and error, and moved plants, but it works now. I don't know if fothergilla colors better in colder climates. Mine have been jewel toned since the very first fall they were planted, so they do like it here. I hope yours color up well!

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  15. Now I know what to expect in fall colour from a fothergilla. Yours is looking superb! Also, your wispy thin oak is absolutely charming. Kinda like a gangly teenager. I'd bring him home in an instant.

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    1. Patty, that's exactly how I think of the skinny oak -- like a gangly kid, showing off and being goofy.

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  16. Ahh stunning photos! I wish Australia looked like this.
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Anita, ah, but you have sunshine and beaches that we don't!

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  17. Now that is planning! Very impressive! I love that fothergilla. Your shrubs just better with every season. The oak looks thrilled to have joined the party.

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    1. Tammy, the shrubs are finally maturing and they do look better each season. Finally!

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  18. Spectacular planning on your part. I'm in awe of that tree, what a beauty. Our red oak is finally starting to look like a tree, although it's still only about 6 feet tall. But this year it turned such a stunning shade of maroon, I haven't been able to take my eyes off it. Hope one day it's as magnificent as your maple.

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    1. Marguerite, I love the trees and shrubs that are willing to color up even when very young. It gives an idea of how wonderful they will look in maturity. Your red oak will be a grand tree!

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  19. That allee with the fothergilla at one end and the red maple at the other is stunning. What a focal point indeed.

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    1. Donna, thanks so much. I love the fact that I can even call this little walkway "an allee"!

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