This very morning, you can see it slowly occurring; slight hints of red, orange and yellow. It is the beginning of New England fall foliage and its distinctive phases. Red maples, sugar maples, sumac, and birch show the first hint of fall color. Once this display slowly departs us, evergreen trees such as pines start to shed their third-year foliage. These yellow highlights called ‘fall yellowing’ add another layer of color. The nut trees; hickory, walnut, butternut, and oak are soon to follow.
As we say goodbye to the end of summer, pay attention to this colored kaleidoscope around you. Certain varieties of shrubs i.e., Mountain Laurels, Azaleas, Blueberries and Rhododendrons display spectacular fall foliage. Even bad-boy Poison Ivy, much to one’s dismay, has dynamic fall effects. Unfortunately, one wants to love it instead of dread it.
Don’t miss these subtle changes occurring at this very moment. It is one of the most amazing things about living in New England. The inspirational gardening quote of the day is from Elizabeth Lawrence. “Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. “ On a bleak Thursday morning, it’s important to observe this astonishing time of the year.
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