Is That...Autumn Color?!?


Sort of.  The real Autumn color of here is brown, but early morning light and an actual touch of turn to the Japanese Maple provide a brief hint of it.
It was a tough year for the Japanese Maples.  A terrible heat wave in March, just as they leafed out, scorched the emerging foliage.  The lack of much winter rain left the soil too dry, and the cut back in irrigation made matters worse.  I hope a wet winter brings them back to health. 
 
The most reliable mix of classic Autumn is found in the koi pond. 


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  1. I'm surprised that Japanese Maples do well there at all. Even here in STL they get scorched almost every summer if they have full sun exposure, and we actually get rain sometimes. Nice to see the koi again -- it's been a while. :)

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    1. If we get a string of several consecutive relatively rainy years, they really look good. It's this year after 4 years of drought that they really looked poorly.

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  2. Funny coincidence: I drove around Davis yesterday looking for fall color. I actually found quite a bit, esp. from ginkgos and Chinese pistache.

    We have a large Japanese maple in the ground that didn't seem fazed by the heat and drought. However, my small lace-leaf Acer palmatum (in a pot, to boot!) suffered all year, just like yours.

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    1. The lace-leaf types abhor our hard water. Drainage is so quick here--being on a hill has both advantages (succulents) and disadvantages (little maples).

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  3. The fall colors are wonderful. I love Japanese maples so much -- hope yours will be OK. That last photo looks like a Japanese woodblock print. Beautiful!

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    1. At least we got a bit of color from a few cold-ish nights. :)

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  4. At least the koi can be counted on! My 'Sango Kaku' Japanese maple usually produces good color but it was mainly dingy brown this year. The foliage on one of the 2 persimmons burned badly as well and the other has shown only the faintest tinge of color. Even the ornamental pear, the most reliable of them all, has done pretty much nothing thus far. It was 87F here today but "they" say we're in for a temperature downshift this week...

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    1. They may be fabulous if we get the rain we are supposed to get where is the darn rain already!?! ;^) At least its cooler!

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  5. Beautiful Autumn leaves dear Hoover, they glow in the sunshine. The Koi are so cute!
    Happy week
    xoxoxo ♡

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  6. Sorry to hear that the Japanese maples were unhappy this year. Fingers crossed for this hose that's aimed the PNW right now will be moving down your way soon. Your koi are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you and your garden are enjoying the rain!

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  7. Is that Spanish moss in the Japanese maple in the first pic? It just springs up by itself, or did you place some? Way cooooool either way.

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    1. Yes it is. That is one of the more relatively moist places in the garden, not that it is moist, but relatively.

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  8. So gorgeous! The most wholesome, heavenly gold

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