1 The shrubbery in the terrace gardens has so many great contrasting colors. The yellow barberry has turned a russet shade, the boxwood is browning a bit, and the teucrium remains dusty green.
2 Most trees have dropped their leaves, but there are still some holding on.
3 The orange trees in the distance are gum, whose leaves stay on quite late.
4 All of the boxwood will soon be covered over with burlap for the winter to protect them from damaging winds and heavy snow.
5 The autumn foliage of a stewartia tree
6 When a stewartia trunk reaches a diameter of 2 to 3-inches, its beautiful bark begins to exfoliate in strips like this.
7 The giant ginkgo is still dropping leaves.
8 This is one of 3 millstones at the farm - this one collecting ginkgo leaves.
9 Ginkgo is one of the oldest tree species on the planet. It has distinctive fan-shaped leaves that turn from bright green to a clear yellow in autumn.
10 A carpet of leaves
11 Billy, Clive, and Rufus are healthy and happy.
12 I love the inquisitive nature of these miniature Sicilian donkeys.
13 This copper weeping beech now has brown leaves.
14 This photo was taken a week ago. This is a pair of weeping cherry trees with their fabulous autumn foliage.
15 One week later, most of that foliage is gone.
16 The allee of linden is mostly bare.
17 This Arrowwood viburnum shrub has turned a lovely reddish-brown.
18 It also has many clusters of dark blue berries, which serve as food for birds.
19 Entering the tall maple grove
20 The Japanese maples that were planted in the maple grove a few years ago are growing nicely and put on their bright autumn display.
21 The yellow trees in the distance are weeping willows. The dark green is one of two Dragon Lady holly, planted last September.
22 Another look at the weeping willow with red barberry in the foreground. You can see the horse run-in shed through the willows.
23 These reddish trees are dawn redwood, or metasequoia. These are fast-growing conifers, whose green needles turn this color and drop every autumn.
24 The dawn redwood, another ancient tree, was thought to be extinct for millions of years. In 1947, a Chinese botonist discovered a grove in Southern China and it soon became a very popular tree around the globe.
25 Looking across the paddock towards the glowing gum trees
26 This heated greenhouse is nicely organized for winter storage of my rather large collection of tender tropicals.
27 The beds in the vegetable garden have been cleared with the exception of some root vegetables and cold-hardy kale.
28 A nice view of the stable
29 Tall pines against an amazing sky
30 A closeup of a gum tree
31 The large, star-shaped leaves of the gum tree turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow.
32 Another look at those gums with a nice round beech tree. Beech trees can hold their leaves right through the winter.
33 The carriage road that leads to the woods
34 This is a view of the equipment barn from below standing in the pinetum. This collection of conifers has some recent additions and is thriving.
35 Now that the vegetable garden is finished, the vegetable greenhouse will soon be producing all winter long.
36 This is one of 4 beehives.
37 The honey bees are still active outdoors.
38 This is the shade garden outside the main greenhouse. The brilliant red is a burning bush, Euonymus alata, a real pleasure in autumn.
39 The stunning burning bush is one of the most popular deciduous landscape shrubs grown in the United States.
40 Another deciduous conifer is the bald cypress. This grove, too, is dropping its needles.
41 These are the bright red fruits of the Sargent crabapple.
42 A view across the far hayfield looking towards the majestic sycamore tree, the symbol of my farm
43 These glowing yellow trees are larch, yet another deciduous conifer.
44 Deep in the woods, this is a lovely contrast of color - wild burning bush and Christmas ferns, which stay green all winter.
45 More of the woods