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429-ii-002The breezy rain in these latter days of April 2009 has taken a toll on our beautiful blooming apple and crab apple trees. The ground under the apple looks like it has just snowed.429-016

The wild flowers—trilliums, Virginia bluebells, Dutchman’s breeches are fully out and some are beginning to fade. The wild ginger has expanded its territory and I think I see the tips of the Jack in the Pulpits breaking through the mulch under the tupelo/black gum tree.

Trifoliar Maple

Trifoliar Maple

More pictures of seasonal change around the Nine Pines Garden.

Robinson Crabapple

Robinson Crabapple

 

 

 

The crabapples nearly glow with color. Or so I’m told.

 

 

 

 

  

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple

Our little “Fingernail Japanese Maple”
Black Gum

Black Gum

The Black Gum is one of the more dramatic trees for fall color.
Redbud & Witch Hazel

Redbud & Witch Hazel

BTW, the leaves have started turning. The chlorophyll factories are shut down—abandoned migrant worker camps—left to the vagaries of wind, rain and cold—elemental Nature. Un-restored by productive occupation the brittle little workbenches are dropping to the ground ready for re-purposing or the tender ministrations of the rake. 

Katsura

Katsura

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple

The pleasure I derive from viewing the changing colors of autumn leaves is evidently not as great as it is for many other people. I can see color changes but it just doesn’t seem to carry as much esthetic charge. I’ve always assumed that because of my color deficient vision I was missing the subtleties. Perhaps it is. Maybe it’s just that I prefer the exuberance of spring.

Black Gum

Black Gum