As autumn’s colors have wrapped us in a cloth of color we have peeked into the foliage around the gardening blogosphere. Participants from Canada to Florida and Illinois to England have offered up wonderful illustrations of fall’s foremost feature. It’s time to take a look back and see where all that fall color came from and where it went! I’ve moved the summaries I wrote about each Fall Color post into this one giant post. Now you can travel easily around North America and Europe to see all those colors. You had better bookmark this post for those cold and wet winter days when the sun isn’t shining and you need a color fix to brighten your day!
For those of you who might like a little European feel for fall go visit Heiner’s post in Otterstedt, Germany not far from Bremen. Heiner took some very nice pictures of Otterstedt’s main street. I really wish my understanding of the German language was better (my last German class was nearly 16 years ago!). Even if you don’t speak German the view of the fall colors will transcend any language barrier!
Take another trip overseas to Veg Plotting in Chippenham, England where VP has taken some great shots of the fall colors and pieced them together in a collage for us to see. Colorful smoke trees and Japanese maples are certainly brightening up what could be a vintage year for autumn colors in England!
What a gift to be surrounded by all the wonderful scenery that Patientgardener is! Over in Malverns, England (in Worchestershire) the chestnut and beech trees are showing their autumnal changes. You even get a peak at some sweetgum trees which are another of my favorites for fall color. (I can forgive them for the seed balls in exchange for that fall color!) So stop on over and say hi to Patientgardener!
Take a road north to visit the wonderful fall colors in Nova Scotia with Nancy of Soliloquy. Canada is where the fall colors start their colorful journey to the south and we are lucky to have Nancy to show us her area’s best fall foliage. She brings us through rivers and streams and shows us limestone cliffs and hardwood forests on a trip to her parent’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. My personal favorite picture would be the one of the road underneath a canopy of color. The fall foliage is spectacular and the sunset at the end couldn’t be more fitting!
Today’s fall color update comes to us from Algonquin Park in Northern Ontario. Dan, who writes the blog Urban Veggie Garden Blog, returned from his trip with some amazing wildlife shots among the cool colors of a Canadian autumn. The heron in the picture to the right is the shot I find the most impressive. I’m never able to get them to stand still, or rather stand period! Dan takes us around the Ragged Falls, Muskoka Falls and Smoke Lake while showing us pictures of fascinating wildlife like moose, chipmunks, red-breatsed merganser ducks, and a wild turkey that has so far escaped the dinner table!
The next stop on the fall color tour takes us to Ithaca, New York and the blog Ellis Hollow written by Craig. Craig has offered up several posts that characterize fall so well. From the frost covered foliage to the flame colored ivy crawling and cascading on the buildings around Cornell University there is plenty to see. Back lit ornamental grasses, seed heads and frosted flowers will fill you with a wonderful vision of fall in all its many facets.
Elizabeth over at Gardenrant, a well known writer and garden blogger, has posted some picturesque fall photos for the Garden Blogger Fall Color Project. What could epitomize fall more than cobblestone buildings and walls mixed with glorious maples in the rustic farmlands of Route 104 in New York. Farming implements and woodpiles appear in peaceful fall scenes. Just what we like to see in the fall! Elizabeth risked life and limb to bring us these pictures, so go visit and see what New York color she’s found!
If you travel to upstate New York to visit Kerri’s Garden at Colors of the Garden (a very appropriate name, don’t you think?) you will get a grand tour of the New York Countryside in October. Peak colors of red, orange, and gold bathe the farmsteads and rolling pastureland with the glory of fall. From the woods to the farms there are plenty of sights to see!
Don’t forget to journey up to Kalamazoo, Michigan and the blog Through the Looking Glass where Jelly Fish Bay is traveling on a roadtrip in the search for fall colors. Playing hookey to search for fall colors is definitely worth it (says the former teacher)! You’ll see the glowing sumacs and the vibrant colors of a northern fall. The last stop by the river brings to great day trip to a close!
George in Vermont (The Vermont Gardener and Vermont Gardens) has posted some wonderful colors of the Vermont wilderness. Filled with maples, the hills appear to be on fire with the autumn foliage turning. With photos of places like Marshfield Pond and Osmore Pond you start to think thoughts of camping and sitting by a fireside on a cool autumn day sipping hot chocolate or apple cider. Seeing the countryside of Vermont makes me wish I could take a fall road trip. For now the blogosphere will have to do!
New York isn’t the only new place to visit, how about New England? JJ’s recent vacation to New England couldn’t have come at a a better time. The leaves were peaking through Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and of course New York! Picturesque river gorges and mountains of fall color await you at JJ’s blog, We’re Going to Need a Bigger Pot. As JJ asks “Got Autumn?”
Steve Silk and his new blog, Chatter Valley Gardens, are bringing us an array of fall treats. His photos of Japanese maples are nothing short of an elegant painting and his post on seed pods will definitely catch your eye!
Another East Coast blogger is showing off some fall color! Heirloom gardener in New Jersey has several posts with some very nice color displays. The golden autumn leaves of the hickory trees, the Japanese katsura tree and the fall blooms and colors of an autumn cherry are all there to delight all fellow leaf peepers! Go visit the Heirloom gardener and her fall colors!
Over at Ledge and Gardens in Rhode Island Layanee has put together a post about my favorite trees, maples! Layanee’s maples are mostly Japanese maples and their color is nothing short of awesome. From orange to red to gold-green these maples don’t disappoint for fall color. Included in her post are the Acer palmatum varieties ‘Omurayama’ and ‘Osakasuki’, as well as Acer japonicum ‘aconitifolium’, Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’, and Acer griseum. It just goes to prove that no matter what variety it is, it’s hard to beat a maple for fall color!
one area of the country that I know has fantastic fall colors, afterall it is Steeler Country! His photos were taken within a mile of his home and are definitely worth a look. Scenery like that makes you want to stay outdoors all day!
One of the greatest places to find fall color is on the campuses of our country’s learning institutions. Each of these beacons of knowledge are aesthetically landscaped to entice new students to come and to give the students and faculty that attend a sense of nature to enhance their education. This idea is alive at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. At the Scott Arboretum blog Becky shows us the reds and oranges of maples, golden amsonias, and pathways of fall color beneath tall tulip poplar trees. The outdoor amphitheater would be a wonderful place to have a class, although I might pay more attention to the trees and the bounty of fall color than to the professor!
Our second submission for the Garden Blogger Fall Color Project comes to us from Anna who put together a really neat slide show of her trip. Anna’s trip to the Shanendoah Valley in Virgina is full of great Autumn photos from the old grist mill along Silver Lake to the mountains of Virginia. She also shows us a visit to a craft fair in Dayton and several beautiful shots of the waters around the lake. Definitely take a visit to Anna’s Fall Color Post!
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
Skeeter is at it again at In the Garden! This time she brought has the fall colors of her state of Georgia on her mind! Skeeter highlights the fall colors from the Savanah River to her home garden and includes really nice shot of her leaf collection. The trees with Spanish Moss are a special treat that we don’t see this far north except in pictures. The bridges and waterfalls are breathtaking when mixed with the fall foliage!
Now let’s head west to California where gold can be found among the poplars along with many other garden treasures! There are seed heads, cornflowers, fuchsia, gooseberries and redwoods to see. Stop over and see what fall displays are Out of Doors!
I’d like to take a moment to say a special thank you for all the bloggers who participated in this fall color experience! I’ve really enjoyed being able to share all of 2008 fall colors with you and I hope to do the same next year. While I’m tentatively wrapping up the project I’ll still add other posts who may have missed the project and have fall color to present. I’ll be taking down the sidebar links but will leave a link to this post in the sidebar for everyone to look back and see what fall colors we had in 2008.