1 I knew when I returned home from a quick trip to East Hampton last Sunday that this was the autumn day of days at the farm! The colors, the light, the temperatures were all optimum for fall beauty!
2 Greys, browns, golds, yellows- every shade of the spectrum of all colors abounded in the landscape- especially the ginkgo standards (ginkgo biloba -
maidenhair tree) planted last year- ablaze in color! Ginkgos are native to Asia, but I love the way they look in New York!
3 On the long pergola, perennial passiflora is blooming- an extraordinary complex flower, developing into a fruit that is actually edible! Passiflora's common name is wild passion flower. It is a rapid-growing, tendril-climbing vine which is woody in warm winter climates and herbaceous (dies to the ground) in cold winter climates.
4 The shadows cast everywhere on the farm by the white spruce Canadian paddock fencing are wonderful- and the fall foliage- almost indescribable!
5 Trees take on color in autumn at a peculiar and very defined rate- some trees change early, others late- but always they change with alacrity and surprise! Notice the bright orange foliage at the center of the photo. These are definitely maple trees.
6 At the farm I have studiously planted all types of trees in the hopes that they would shade, provide climate control, and change color at different times, in different ways.
7 I found the standard ginko topiary trees at Hardcrabble Nursery in North Salem, New York. http://www.hardscrabblefarms.com They are early changers and very vibrant.
8 The dark green boxwood borders, the grey green apples, and the bright yellow ginkgo are beautiful together!
9 The peony bed slowly greys, while the ginkgo seem alight with sun! The dark red maple was planted by friends when my mother passed away.
10 An autumn day like today is unsurpassable in beauty and excitement- the vistas, the skies, the fields and trees all vibrant and exciting!
11 So many colors! The ginkgo is bright yellow. The boxwoods are dark green. The linden alle is brownish, and the pin oak allee is reddish.
12 I love the starkness of the autumn landscape- bare branches, sullen colors, and grayish tones.
13 The boxwood alle is recovering from a bout of winter die back - the yellow foliage has been snipped out and all is well!
14 The lindens planted last year have taken off and are growing very well. Linden trees are part of the Tilia species, though you may recognize them by their other names: Basswood and Lime. They can grow up to 130 feet tall and have wonderful heart-shaped, asymmetrical leaves.
15 Amidst the lindens are a few strategically planted sycamores for height and texture. The American sycamore is one of the largest hardwood trees, usually growing 60 to 100 feet tall, but sometimes larger. They have a large, straight trunk, normally two to four feet in diameter, but some have been found up to 15 feet across.
16 Another patterned walkway shaded by the fencing, casting shadows.
17 In a few weeks the pin oaks will be a reddish brown. The pin oak has an interesting growth habit, with pendulous lower branches, horizontal middle branches, and upright upper branches. Pin oaks normally reach 60 -70 feet tall but can reach heights of 100 feet.
18 The Canadian fencing gets better and better with age.
19 The pinetum (an arboretum of pine trees or other conifers for scientific or ornamental purposes) is just turning color- the yellow larch, the mighty redwood, the small dark grayish green pines.
20 The middle field has yet to assume color.
21 The weeping willows in the background were planted for wind protection. Willows are one of the fastest growing shade trees, growing up to 6-8 feet per year. I love how green and vibrant the field looks in the foreground.
22 The northern middle field is peppered with sycamores and the grasses have grown very well this year.
23 The classical grapes grow against the fencing established last year.
24 The beech trees were planted in my first year owning the property- the trees are becoming truly magnificent. The beech tree typically grows straight and tall up to 100 feet. The beech tree genus, known as fagus, can live up to 400 years!
25 The stand of giant white pines is majestic. Pinus strobus, commonly known as the eastern white pine, white pine, northern white pine, Weymouth pine, and soft pine is a large pine native to eastern North America.
26 The stable looked entirely grey- except for the green of the potted tree ferns out front. These ferns will be going inside my new greenhouse very soon.
27 The stewartia trees all get glorious fall foliage- this red one loves the bit of sun it gets every morning. Stewartias are native to Japan, Korea, and the southeastern U.S. All are slow-growing, all-season performers that show off fresh green leaves in spring, white flowers resembling single camellias in summer, and colorful foliage in autumn. Exfoliating bark creates a beautiful spectacle in winter after leaves fall.
28 The giant ginkgo on my property gets lots of attention.
29 You can see the wonderful fall color in the distance, beyond the peony border.
30 Here you can see how the peonies have all died back, leaving the dark green boxwood border and the bright yellow ginkgos.
31 A planter with elephant ear - Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'