Totally equinoxious

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' - Full moon Japanse mapleI have been reluctant to call it fall yet probably because we were a little (a lot) gypped by summer. But regardless of how I feel about it, the asters and Jerusalem artichokes have started to bloom, the tupelos have way more than one red leaf by now and the early bird sugar maple in town has already lost a bunch of its bright orange leaves (you know the one on Church St.?). And today it’s officially official.

How fitting then that this morning dawned in deep fog as if the air and water temperatures were in the same perfect balance as today’s day and night. Acceptance of what I cannot change (the rotation of the Earth) along with the fog, made my morning rounds of the grounds a total treat. But do I need 62 pictures of spiderwebs? Maybe you do! – here are a couple just in case:

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Castanea mollissima - Chinese chestnut Picea engelmannii - Engelmann spruce and the Toon behindClerodendrum trichotomum - Harlequin glory bowerColchicum autumnale - Autumn crocus on the path to the North GardenHelianthus tuberosus - Jerusalem artichokesTricyrtis hirta - Toad lilyCladrastus kentukea 'Sweet Shade' Kentucky yellowwood

I know a lot of people have already begun their garden clean-up. It is a perfect time for dividing perennials (many thanks to all of those people who have offered me their extras!) and planting – like I mentioned in the last post. Even though Gail is popping our purchases into the Rose Garden ground as I write this, we’re still going to wait to do any major clean-up, redesign or perennial divisions in any of the gardens. Meanwhile we and the volunteers are still deadheading and weeding all of the gardens to keep them worthy of visitation. And we’ve been busy making babies. — By which I mean we’ve taken cuttings. (Did you think I meant something else?) For a refresher look at how we propagate our favorite tender perennials – and how you can too, check out this post from last year.

Are you willing to call it fall yet?

4 thoughts on “Totally equinoxious

  1. It’s been fall here for a while. Here, fall starts up in the mountains around us as it’s cooler there, so you see fall descending on the valleys here brilliant mottled curtain of the red sugar maples. While the colors descend, the air down here gets a crisp bite to it and everything that dried up a bit during the heat of August flushes out in green and new late-summer growth. By the time the colors hit the valley floors, the mountain show finishes up a shimmering finale of yellow aspen leaves which bathes the forests up there in gold.

    Can you tell this is my favorite season?

    Susan, It sounds like your fall is completely worthy of raptures and “favorite” status! Do I remember correctly that you’re in Utah? -kris

  2. Oh yeah, definitely fall around here. I have found no form of denial that can stop it. The gardens have a particularly beautiful look about them at this time of year. Your pictures are showing that.

    Thanks, DF! We must be resigned to fall, I guess. Good thing it’s so beautiful. -kris

  3. The ferns and the Miscanthus purpurescens are showing their fall wardrobes and the scent in the air is unmistakable.

    Layanee, I’ll bet it’s delicious in your neck of the woods – and if the ragweed would finally quit down here, maybe I’d catch a scent or two of fall too! -kris

  4. On my morning walk friday, I saw some crocus along someone’s walkway. I did a double take and decided they must be fake because…it’s FALL! I’ve never seem them in the fall. Then I come and check out this blog and there they are again…Are they real or are they fake???

    Becky, That’s a trick question! Colchicum autumnale definitely resemble crocus and are known as Autumn crocus but they’re not a true crocus. Not only that, but there are other fall blooming crocus that are true crocus including Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus). Don’t confuse the two and try to harvest any spice though because Colchicum are poisonous… -kris

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