Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Autumn Beauty on Long Island

It started with a single orange leaf on the pavement, here in suburbia, Long Island.
At the post office in Centerport and a beautiful branch of cherry leaves glowed in the sun.
Across the street, clumps of Virginia Creeper, Bitter Sweet, and probably Poison Ivy leaves draped over a stone wall.

A hedge of Euonymus fortunately dressed up a tiny strip mall.
On 25A, a red haze of Euonymus shrubs were planted at the entrance to Sunken Meadow State Park.

 Leaves in the paved driveway of a frined.

Golden White Pine needles and cones on the lawn.
Red Split Leaf Maple in the Jarvis Driveway.
a Burning Bush Euonymus.

The Blueberry bushes out back in the garden.
Sometimes you get more than you ever expected.  These Chrysanthemums were part of an indoor gift arrangement received many years ago.  The stems rooted inside the floral foam , and were planted outside.  They have been transplanted all over the Jarvis Garden, and just by sticking stems, no roots, into the soil.  They flower until a very hard frost, until December and beyond.
This clump of tall grasses was just a small piece of a larger  bunch that I dug up at a friends nursery.  He was replanting and said that I could dig them up if I wanted them.  The pink fox tails and the graceful stems and leaves which blow in the slightest wind, make this one of my favorite perennials.  It divides easily, and regains  strength within a year.

An Oak Leaf Hydrangea turns a wonderful bronzey maroon red in the fall.  Its flowers freeze dry and burn a deep brown.
  Even roses bloom like crazy in this moist Autumn weather.  Click on the photos for and enjoy the full force of Nature here on Long Island.


Anonymous said...

You can imagine how much I enjoyed this post!
Thanks, Lori
Looking forward to a fall walk on the High Line soon?

Sinclair said...

What a beautiful tour! I especially like that split-leaf maple.

this is my patch said...

I've a very similar grass in my garden. Last year I divided into four new plants. I noticed today how lovely it looked swaying in the breeze. I'm very interested to learn of the flower stems rooting in the floral foam. This could work with other thick stemmed plants? Your reds and browns of Autumn are lovely. x

Willow said...

The colors of a 'true' autumn are much more vibrant than one in a mediterranean climate. Thanks for sharing!