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Color out the Grey – Fall 2013

Deck Color and Edibles Fall 2013 (1 of 3)We’ve had a TON of fog this fall.  Grey, windless days, and DRY!  But some of the colors have been amazing.  I have certain plants in my garden that were selected specifically for their fall colors.  My favorite is a disanthus cercidifolius that gets more sun than is usually recommended (it’s normally a shade-loving shrub).  In the middle of the day in high summer, it gets pretty strong sun but late afternoon shade. It’s been arborized to be a single trunk, and its 10 or 12 feet tall.  It grows near the side of a deck, so we see the top very close up.  With large planters built-in to the deck, there are certain times when we get a showcase picture.  This year, grass and a savoy cabbage get this amazing backdrop.
Deck Color and Edibles Fall 2013 (2 of 3)

 

 

Just to the right of this display is a nandina (with pretty blossoms at the moment) that wants to take over some space. Looks nice now, but it will get pruned….

If you like fall color, disanthus cercidifolius is a plant you might love!  It blooms (discretely) early in spring, and colors up early in the fall. Thanks, Miller Garden, for the Fall Color class that introduced me to it several years ago!Deck Color and Edibles Fall 2013 (3 of 3)

Beauty in Decline – Part 4

 

Succulents in early winter - color in a rosette of dead petals

Succulents in early winter – color in rosettes of dead petals

Succulents in winter, Pacific Northwest wet

Succulents in winter, Pacific Northwest wet

A little work in Lightroom helped set the colors off against the background in this first photo.

I’m totally new to Lightroom in the last few months.  It’s terrific! So different from my days with a 35mm camera, a 4×5 view camera, a dark room, storing film in the refrigerator and loading it in black bags to individual canisters, selinium toning, etc. Those were great days, but this is great too. It’s great to get back to something beyond a point-and-shoot-and-you’re-done capability.

Beauty in Decline – Part 3

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron"

Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron”
Japanese Blood Grass in early Winter

Outside the kitchen window. From a distance you’d never guess how beautiful. Move in close.

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron"

Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron”
Japanese Blood Grass in early Winter with some upright montbretia (crocosmia) providing structure

Adiantum aleuticum in early winter

Adiantum aleuticum in early winter. Hart’s tongue fern peeking from behind

Beauty in Decline – Part 1

Found and Fascinating

Found and Fascinating

I was reading a photography tips book, and the author suggested that the place to find great flowers to photograph was at the flower market – where all the subjects were young, dewy, and fresh (I’m greatly paraphrasing.) It struck me that there is lots of other beauty around, and since its winter, much plant life is ‘in decline’. I found wonderful things in my garden, in decline and beautiful.

This completely whole piece of lichen, or fungus (?) – I’m not a botanist – had landed on the lawn. Apparently just itself. I picked it up and laid it on another surface, and looked closely. Little bugs started crawling out of it and walking away.

This “object” reminds me of the ocean, but it’s all terrestrial.

Points and tubes

Points and tubes

Somebodies love this - lots of living things all over

Somebodies love this – lots of living things all over