Late Autumn Fire and Gold

“Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.” ~ William Allingham

Before the next windstorm strips the trees naked, I thought I’d take a few photos around the yard while there is still some color clinging to the tree trunks. Autumn is never too showy in Zone 9B, but if you look, yellows and oranges — even some reds — are everywhere.

The first freeze makes the yard ugly by neighbor’s standards, but I really don’t mind. The seed heads and all the requisite ‘brown’ stays in place until spring green begins to show again in March, and pruning commences once again. Until then, the birds don’t mind the ‘ugly’ either.

Variegated Firebush and
Ginger (background)

Some of the plants in our yard won’t last the freeze that comes in early January. I don’t protect plants; they must do fine on their own without me or die. The ginger, for instance, loses foliage above ground, but it returns again from underground tubers every year.

Many of the tropicals and sub-tropicals that our home’s previous owner planted are long gone now. We have gone native.

Golden Creekside Reflection Spot
Two days of leaves scattered on the ground.
(Only leaves are to be mowed this time of year. Lots.)

Keyhole Garden — Pretty Edible Leaves
Lettuce, Mustard, Brassica

Happy Annuals
.. returned from last year. So easy.

Onion Patch (Mustard Background)
Only autumn purples here.

The bur oaks have lost all their leaves. But wait! Some are springing forth again with the recently warming temps. Even they are confused by a fluctuating, changing climate.

Bur Oak
Thinks it’s spring.

Scottie tells me that we need a couple of Red Maple in the yard; I’m inclined to agree. He also tells me that the box elder — maker of gold leaves in our backyard — is also a member of the maple family. That boy is all about trees right now .. we even have giant sequoia seeds chilling out in the fridge for planting.

What might a giant sequoia look like in the backyard landscape? Probably much like the cypress out front .. only bigger.

On Fire
Bald Cypress, Nearly Bald

Autumn Figs
Second Crop of the Year

Happy remaining days of autumn!
Winter solstice will be here before you know it.


4 thoughts on “Late Autumn Fire and Gold

  1. I can’t believe that second fig crop! Lucky you. I hope they ripen, although I suspect there may be a bird or two interested in them. I’ve notice that all of the possumhaws are really loaded this year; likewise the yaupon. And I’m hearing that the acorn crop is extra good, too. I suppose that rain really helped things out. You can put me down as a “yea” for the red maple. They’re beautiful.

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