Last week I noted that there is little flowering in the garden right now. And such is still the case. I also noted that while the leaves are changing, they are struggling to take on vibrant autumn colors. And such is still the case. Nonetheless, I was able to pull together six photos of leaves with proud color ranging from lemon-yellow to butterscotch to red to bronze. I’ll just present them in a gallery below.
The sassafras is native, as is the oakleaf hydrangea; in fact, it is the Alabama State woodland shrub. The maple is likely native–it was certainly already in place when I purchased the lot, which had never been built on or developed. So, it might be a Chalk Maple, or Acer leucoderme. But that is not a tall tree. The other option would be a Red Maple (Acer rubrum). Regardless, it is one of several striking maples surrounding the house here at Highland Lake.
That’s about it for this week. My primary garden task, which will continue for weeks to come, involves dealing with all the falling leaves in the more “designed” portions of the garden. That means cutting up some with a riding mower and shredding others with a nifty but noisy and dusty machine. Those in the wooded areas remain in place for the insects and other living organisms that depend on them. For now, I’ll close by directing readers to our new leader for Six on Saturday, Jim Stephens and Garden Ruminations. Guidelines for joining in can still be found at the site of The Propagator.