You gotta love the vibrancy of Fall color and a dash of morning or late afternoon sunlight.
All the photos look better bigger, so give a click… and if you missed the first garden post on Friday… Photographing Fall with Garden Snaps, have a look.
Late night, rain touched petals… look so fresh and new amongst the golden and browning foliage of the Hibiscus.
Almost a painting… with maximum blur washing the scene.
Planted as companions… goldenrod and butterfly bush make happy pollinators.
Honestly, for as much as these plants attract the buzzers and flappers, I can never get a good clean shot of them on these two plants.
The thing about Fall is that you find the most curious blooms peeking up between companions, whether intentionally planted like the goldenrod, or volunteers like the aster above.
Roses lowering their heads… roses facing the sun.
The Coreopsis still has buds. I cut it back late in the season to flush the bloom for Fall. So few plants are providing for pollinators in most gardens that I try to keep some of the re-bloomers flowering. Plus I like to do a portrait or two… say cheese!
A bunch of aster twigs, golden in the afternoon sun.
The Delphinium makes an appearance, but not standing tall like in Spring. It is far more relaxed finding support among other perennials.
The fire of Penstemon.
Lilies alight with a backdrop of Perovskia. The Russian Sage is still supporting wildlife.
This photo above, was taken with my little Coolpix. Remember last post I talked about my January trip? I am planning to take the Coolpix to St. Lucia, rather than my heavy DSLR and FX lenses. Packing light…
I need some practice with it I think…. I do remember that it can take nice pictures…. not evidenced above and the last two photos in the post. I must have a simple setting screwed up that I need to change. Note to self, get to using the Coolpix.
I chopped down about half of the color on Friday. Too much to go to seed and time to tidy for the neighbors. It is nice to see the bright colors, but the plants get a little scraggly and need cutting back. Below, is before the chopping occurred.
A kaleidoscope of front-yard color. The yellows and oranges of the Japanese Lilac Trees.
The self-seeded, white and lilac Alyssum.
My homegrown pumpkins and squash… and a front yard of pumpkin color. I already made two pies from the first of the white pumpkins to ripen. Like promised, they were sweet.
Looking up and down the street from my driveway, the Norway Maples color the streetscape. They have thin canopies because they were very stressed this year with little rain. The leaf size is smaller than usual too. I am sure we will be inundated with helicopter seed pods next spring.