Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Colorful Autumn

It's rare for our deciduous trees in Florida to turn brilliant colors of scarlet and gold in autumn because our weather is balmy in October and November. But this year we experienced early and consistent cool temperatures, and in return we got "real" fall trees. Even the sycamore and cypress trees usually turn more brown than golden, but not this year. They were golden and vibrant. Some of the most vibrant leaves were on the crepe myrtles. This maple tree below was draped in a cloak of deep burgundy.
And, this cypress tree looks very "holidayish" as it literally glows in the afternoon sunlight.
I was so astounded by the amount of color that I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road as I drove around town. I'll take early cool temps every year if it brings a colorful fall down our way.

1 comment:

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Hi Susan, I have been amazed at all the pretty colors this year. Can't ever remember them this way... also can't remember it being this cold this early so it has been nice on both accounts. Like all your pretty Christmas colors on your blog and the vibrant Pointsettias in the header.

Came over to wish you and your family a very fun filled celebration of Christmas. God bless.

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