Fall color along the Kentucky-Tennessee border rocks! Specifically fall color in Woodlawn Tennessee looks ever so good this year! All pictures in this post were taken in my garden or from my garden with the exception of the one picture of an old farmhouse; which was taken about three miles down the road in Woodlawn.
Experts are saying the so called drought of this year has affected the fall color and timing of the fall colors but I beg to disagree. Yes, we had no rain in my Woodlawn garden in the months of May and June but since July we have had an abundance of rain and as far as I can see all of the trees have recovered. Additionally, I went back and checked my last four years of these Garden Blogger Fall Color Project posts and found that this year's schedule is only about one week ahead of the previous four years of posts. What is different this year is this is the best year ever!
Just look at my Korean maple shown above and below. Oh how it sparkles in Tiger Gardens. I love the orange colors as they are so sunny and bright. It was also my lead in photo in last year's Garden Blogger Fall Color Project Post.
Here it is again. Love this little tree that is ever so s-l-o-w-l-y growing.
Just past the Korean maple is some interesting color. The tall red tree along the property line is probably a gum tree. The small multi-stemmed green leaved tree is a Four Winged Silverbell. It is funny how some trees show their fall colors so quickly while others hold on to their chlorophyll a lot longer. The sun sets in this direction so the view from my yard and my home is awesome each afternoon.
This beauty resides along the road in the right of way across the street from my home. I adore the beautiful red each year but do not agree with allowing trees to grow on the edge of banks along the road in the right of way. I find it irresponsible in that not only does the county have to prune this tree and others in this yard but I fear someday the trees will come down in my yard from across the road. This is due to the overcrowded conditions these trees grow in as well as the fact that one whole side of the ground the trees grow in is a five foot drop off to the ditch. Growing with lopsided roots cannot be a good thing for trees. It is a mess over there and managing trees is a big deal for me so I am a bit unhappy about the situation. The tree color is pretty though.
Here Winged Sumac grows in my far and away garden behind the garage.
This is what I believe to be another gum tree in the yard two houses down from me. Our yards abut a cow pasture that faces west. The setting sun backlights the trees wonderfully.
Fall color also includes fruit. Here we have some orangey crabapples growing on the north side of my home. Birds love crabapples in the garden.
Another backlit picture shows my bottle tree and vintage bench waiting for someone to sit and rock in it. That person is almost never me!
This picture is of an old house surrounded by maples not far from my home. I love the orange color of the maples each year and when I see this now long abandoned home I think of pioneers of yesteryear. Smart pioneers planted trees alongside their homes to help shade and protect the homes. That is what I envision the first owner of this house did and today, some 50 years later (I'm guessing) I and everyone else who passes by can notice the beautiful trees.
We finish our fall color with Lo-Gro Sumac. This is one of the loveliest and easiest shrubs to grow in my garden. It does great in dry shade and looks good all year long. And wow on the fall color! I may follow up this post with a Japanese maple fall color post but for now that's it for spectacular fall color....
in the garden....
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