Fall Color 2017 from Growing The Home Garden

I'm a big fan of foliage! There is no better time of the year than autumn for those who love foliage, and naturally fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I thought I would share with you some photos I have taken over the last month of the foliage from my garden. Tennessee often has amazing fall color and this year was no exception. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the fall color from my garden! Fall Color 2017 While its surroundings are lacking in appeal blueberry bushes always have some beautiful fall foliage. They are worth planting for ornamental value in addition to the edible berries. Fothergilla is an amazing plant for fall color! This Japanese Maple is 'Germaine's Gyration'. I missed the peak color by a day! There are few trees that can rival the fall color of a maple! This self sown maple…

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What You Shouldn’t Do With Your Fall Leaves

Fall is well underway and we all know that with fall comes mountains of leaves! The beautiful color changes can quickly transition into a thick carpet of smothering leaves on the ground. Many homeowners are smart and use this natural resource in the garden but others do one thing that drives this gardener crazy. What is it that you shouldn't do with fall leaves? Burn them. Why is burning leaves a bad thing? Two reasons: it releases pollutants into the air and it is extremely wasteful. Smoke and particulates get released into the air and decrease the air quality. Last year a neighbor burned his leaves and the wind brought the smoke right into my house. You don't want to breathe that kind of air. Burning leaves doesn't just cause pollution but it also wastes a valuable resource. Think about it. Have you ever been in a forest and looked…

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5 Reasons to Love Your Leaves

The number one thing people think of when the fall season comes is the leaves.  Thoughts of harvests, festivals, and cooler weather come too but when the fall season comes to mind its the leaves that get the attention.  Everybody loves the leaves!  Here's why: 5 Reasons to Love Your Leaves The colors.  Mother nature gives us a spectacular color display every year.  As the days grow shorter the leaves begin to change color to bright oranges, yellows, and reds with all kinds of variations in between.  Leaves emerge with bright and fresh colors in the spring, become mature, then burst open with color in the fall like a painting. Leaves make great compost!  Leaves are perfect for the compost bin.  If you have ever hiked in a heavily wooded area and admired the dark loamy soil you have observed the benefit of leaves.  Take advantage of that potential leaf…

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Fall Color – In the Garden – from Woodlawn TN!

The peak fall color this year is on its way and Tina has a great post for us with lots of Autumn color to share!  Tina writes the blog In the Garden and lives in Woodlawn, TN which is north of Nashville and just south of Kentucky. What fall color does her garden have to offer?  How about a Korean maple - its hard to beat a maple for fall color!  Or perhaps her low-gro sumac?  Or maybe the crabapple berries?  Or even her bottle tree!  There's lots to see at Tina's blog so go visit her Fall Color Project post and see the colors in Woodlawn, TN! Read this post to join in the Fall Color Project 2012!

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Japanese Maple on Fire!

Of all the fall colors I've seen this year the Japanese maples seem to have topped all other trees.  This Japanese maple at my mom's house was figuratively on fire with red foliage lighting up the scenery.  I didn't have my camera with me when it was at its peak but even past peak it's beauty can still be seen. When bare this Japanese maple (possibly a 'Bloodgood') has a cool vase shaped form.   I've always enjoyed seeing pictures of falling leaves making a carpet of foliage on the garden grounds. This maple is the mother plant of the Japanese maple I planted for dad.  Together with another Japanese maple I planted earlier in the summer (which is also from the same tree) it should one day provide a spectacular fall show. Japanese maples may take some time to grow but the wait is worth it! 

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Peak Fall Color in Spring Hill, TN

This week we had our peak fall color.  Not to be confused with a peek at fall color which we will do also!.  Our fall color is loaded with maples, sassafras, and a few other trees along the way. We're gifted to have our property situated on one side of a woods that gives us a great fall color view. I'll start by highlighting the plants near the house.  There will probably be a second post on the fall color since not everything has turned yet. This birch is planted little too close to the house. Remember right plant right place? Yeah, right... I considered moving it but it's probably too large for that now. I'll let it be then cut it down when it becomes and issue.  We've enjoyed the privacy it's created by our deck and would hate to lose that!   'Shasta' viburnum is one of my…

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The Fall Color Project 2011

Since Labor Day is the unofficial/official end of summer I guess that means it's time to start thinking about fall! And what else do you think about with fall?  FALL COLOR!  Which means it's time for The Home Garden's annual Fall Color Project! Since 2008 The Fall Color Project has been bringing fall color from Canada, The United States, Germany and many other places right to the computer screen in front of you! To sum up how it works bloggers take photos of the fall scenery, post about it, and I link to their posts so that everyone can leaf peep at their own convenience!  It's a great way to track the fall color changes as they travel from the northernmost reaches of the northern hemisphere to the deep south.  You can find more details here at the official Fall Color Project Blog! Yep, this year it has it's own…

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New Leaves and Catkins on ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ Dappled Willow

The greening of the willows! It's just more evidence that we've left winter behind and are heading full speed into spring. The leaves on the 'Hakuro Nishiki' dappled willows are emerging. And so are the catkins! The catkins are the reproductive mechanism of many plants like willows and birches.  Willows are dioecious and have separate male and female plants. If you want your willows to produce seeds it takes two to tango! Soon the new leaves will begin to get a reddish color at the tips and the dappled foliage will make them into a garden feature. These pictures are from the Japanese dappled willow I pruned last year. I didn't take a picture of the whole plant this spring, at least not yet. You wouldn't see much of the form without more leaves.

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Starting Lettuce from Seed in the Vegetable Garden

It's that time of the year here in Tennessee where if you haven't already done so you might want to think about planting lettuce in your vegetable garden. Lettuce likes the cool air of early spring to start growing.  I planted three types of lettuce last week in our raised beds - all of which are heirlooms. How I Plant My Lettuce: Scatter and thin! Lettuce seeds are small and for a home garden I don't see any reason to worry with rows. I simply take a few pinches of lettuce seeds and scatter them as evenly as possible over the soil where I want them to grow. Then I press the seeds gently into the soil to insure good seed to soil contact, water, and I'm finished. When the lettuce grows larger we'll thin out the small plants as they grow and eat the fresh lettuce like microgreens. Tender…

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