Saturday, December 1, 2012

More Fall Color

It's too wet to even stand outside to daydream about next year's garden beds, but I do have a couple of quasi-sorta-maybe seasonally-related photos of some of the bushes and stuff in this area. I will preface all of them with a plea for anyone to tell me what any or all of these pretty plants are, so I might care for them optimally. I barely know the difference between a maple and oak-leaved poison oak! Also, these photos are from my rusty old iPhone, so they don't have much sharpness. I'm scratching through the packing boxes for my Fujifilm camera, which will take sharper pictures.

I recall that this was just plain green when I first saw the property...


fingers crossed, here's another:

but I think this fellow is a type of Arborvitae, yes?

and down the road a couple of miles, I found this, glowing in all its glorious redness, whatever it is:

Right now, the main color is just wet, not so pretty.
Oh, my, see how I mess up with pictures. I'm sorry! I'll leave the last photo below, since I can't figure how to resume text entry after it. Note that I haven't  even dared to try to add iPhone video clips!



  1. Sorry Barry, can't help a bit with the plant ID but they sure are beautiful!

    Other bloggers in your area are quoting Tom Robbins about the rain~

    "The rains will steal down from the Sasquatch slopes. They will rise with the geese from the marshes and sloughs. Rain will fall in sweeps, it will fall in drones, it will fall in cascades of cheap Zen jewelry...And it will rain a fever. Mossy-haired lunatics will roam the dripping peninsulas. Moisture will gleam on the beak of the Raven...Rain will eat the old warpaths, spill the huckleberries, cause toadstools to rise like loaves...And it will rain a miracle..."

    I hope not you are not getting as much rain as that!

    It has been a dry fall for us and the only things cascading around here are hormones...the girls have just been turned in with the ram and they are all acting a little like lunatics for the moment ; )

  2. Beautiful pics. Try to post more!

  3. Here are my best plant ID's
    1. Double File Viburnum, Viburnum plicatum
    2. Seedling Viburnums with an old red twig Dogwood. Note the bright red stems in that clump. The older canes may have red color at the top on younger wood.
    3. Nandina domestica
    4. Cultivar of Chamaecyparis pisifera, commonly called Gold Mops.
    5. Can't tell.
    6. Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus.

  4. Wow, Julie, that quote is way poetic - I'm told the real rain has yet to fall, though, and there are already a bunch of mushrooms near the stables. Chris and sallysmom, I' really pleased that y'all looked at this post. I apologize for the lack of picture sharpness, and I will be switching over to a real camera as best I can. I'm so happy that you could ID those plants so well, Chris, and I'll be grateful anytime you might spot something I could tend to better or eradicate. The moles are only a concern if we get a horse or two, but there's certainly no plan for that anytime soon. Meanwhile, they are aerating the soil, which is more than I can do just now.

  5. It will be fun to follow this. Have you discovered the totally amazing Erica Strauss yet? In case you have not, visit I am not even in that region, I have been gardening much longer than she has, and I am embarrassed to admit how much I am learning from her. The woman has a talent for organization and is a good writer to boot.

    1. Wow! Thank you, Ien. I'm honored that you'd follow this little blog. I found your terrific blog by reading Erica's most excellent blog. Her writing gift is evident - I hope she gets a book deal soon! I get distracted from my garden plans regularly by this cranky old house, but I am making some headway on my plans for some raised garden beds that hopefully will get "actualized" this summer.