It’s early November and I’m happy to report that I have already planted the bulbs I ordered, hardy cyclamen and some Siberian squill, Scilla sibirica. I mention this because often I don’t get my bulbs in the ground until Thanksgiving. There are still perennials I need to cut back and a hydrangea waiting to be planted but I am enjoying the last flush of flowers and the colorful foliage, including unnamed seedling chrysanthemums and Japanese maples like Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku,’ with its ever changing foliage, yellow in October and apricot in November. Amsonia and hydrangeas add welcome patches of yellow and brown. While I realize my garden may appear messy to some, I like the way the plants mix and mingle in late autumn.
On Friday, November 2, I visited Gibbs Gardens to see the Japanese maples in all their glory. Looking at my photos, the colors are so vibrant it’s hard to believe they haven’t been doctored. There’s something magical about so many colorful images reflected in the water.
Other brilliant leaves that caught my eye on the same visit include the native Viburnum acerifolium , Amsonia hubrichtii, Osmunda regalis, royal fern and the native baldcypress, Taxodium distichum.