Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile

Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile. ~ William Cullen Bryant

It is November and here, in the Northeast of the U.S., the brisk breezes are blowing, the rain is coming down and the leaves are falling, falling....

So we must content ourselves with the sweet leftovers - the berries, the cabbages, the mums and some lovely remaining leaves.

The ones on the Japanese Maples are brilliantly stunning this year:

The berries on the winterberry - Ilex verticillata - are in their glory. All ready to be made into a Thansgiving wreath.

The planters are filled with mums,pansies and more.

 The crabapples are studded with their finest jewelry:

 And even the puddles don't look so bad at this time of year.


  1. I love all of these fall colors and textures...I would add viburnum nudum, both 'Winterthur' and Brandywine, to this list, along with callicarpa 'Early Amethyst' and aronia 'Brilliantissima'...leaves and berries make such a wonderful splash of color against the clear blue sky of fall. It's that last hurrah that cheers up these shorter days

  2. so true - early amethyst is one of my faves! and I use 'winterthur' but don't know 'Brandywine' I will check it out. Thanks Maggie!

  3. Oakdene Landscapes Ltd is owned and run by Stephen Conway in Delgany, Co Wicklow. Oakdene has over 20 years experience in the construction of quality gardens in Ireland. Garden Design Ireland


Post a Comment

Hi there! I would love to hear from you....

Popular Posts of all Time

Angelface Blue and Dark Violet Angelonia - a Flower that Keeps Giving

'Purple Smoke' - The best Baptisia

Getting in the 'Flow' by Gardening

No-Fail Tips for Turning Hydrangeas Blue!

Repurposed and Recycled - Creative Ideas for Garden Design

My one day Class Wednesday April 16 in NY - Jan Johnsen