…and the Autumn Weather Turns the Leaves to Flame

…and the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame.

September Song

A friend wrote to me and asked if I was alright, because  I was  writing so few blogs this summer and fall.  Some of you may be wondering, as well.

My book sold out so I had to have a new website, which is fine.  Entering a blog to be published is, however, different; and tech impaired that I am, I haven’t mastered how to accomplish it.

But I don’t think I’ve missed much.  This has been an awful October–first it was dry, than it rained every day.  It stayed warm all month, then cooled off to the  lower 30‘s, but I’m not sure if we have had a killing frost or not.


Yellow leaves color first,  although most trees are yellow green, not totally gold.  This is my Redbud (Cersis canadensis) that shades my patio.

My Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) is reliably bright red every fall, as are most viburnum.

Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is always a reliable bright red.

It was on my property when I bought my house but it had been cut back to its source at the far NE corner of my property next to a telephone pole.  Some people consider it a weed, but it has popped up now in three different places in my yard and I consider it ravishing in the fall, usually the first to turn color.

This one is new this year–how convenient it found a trellis to climb up my garage wall.

is my oldest climber–I don’t remember when it emerged to climb up the downspout next to the back door.  This photo was taken last fall just before I had to tear it off the wall to be painted.

Another photo from last year.

It had to start all over again this year.

New this year on the southwest corner of my front porch, but oddly, it hasn’t ‘turned to flame’ as all the others have.  It’s in full sun; the others are in part shade–does that make a difference?

I’ve saved  the best for last.

A grapevine (Vitis riparia) also grows at the foot of  the telephone pole at the 4-corner junction of our backyards–it joined the Virginia Creeper and both made their way up the telephone pole and across my neighbor’s clothesline–serendipity, indeed.    It might be possible to duplicate this arrangement  on your own and guide them up and over a trellis or a pergola–worth trying. 

3 Responses to …and the Autumn Weather Turns the Leaves to Flame

  1. Patty November 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

    So glad your blog is back, Pat. I know many have missed it but now look forward to more in the future!

  2. Jason November 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    My blackhaw viburnum has no leaf color at all – I’m really annoyed.

    • Pat Hill November 9, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

      Are you sure it is a Blackhaw Viburnum? Viburnum prunifolium?

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