Fall in Carla’s Garden

Today’s photos are from Carla Zambelli Mudry in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

It was a beautiful late October day after several gloomy days. I’ve been busy in the garden, and I even extended a bed because I needed a home for shrubs that I wasn’t quite sure would fit anyplace else! The last trees and shrubs went in today, but I still have plenty of bulbs left to plant.

I have been planting a lot of bulbs and enjoying late roses.

white and yellow flowers in fallBlack-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 3–9) and Nippon daisies (Nipponanthemum nipponicum, Zones 5–9) are still blooming too.

close up of witch hazel in bloomThe first of the witch hazels (Hamamelis virginiana, Zones 3–8) is blooming.

close up of seven son tree pink flowersMy seven-son tree (Heptacodium miconioides, Zones 5–9) is finally mature enough to bloom, and the feathery reddish flowers are really unique.

close up of tea camellia flowersA tea camellia (Camellia sinensis, Zones 6–9) is also blooming. It’s name is “Sochi.”

large tree carving with an owl and other animalsMarty Long continues with the tree carving, and a woodpecker has just emerged from the wood. The owl is almost complete, and the fox is being joined slowly by some of her kits. Two squirrels are chasing each other around the trunk, and a raccoon is there as well! Every day he carves, it gets more beautiful.

trees in fall color around the gardenI think we are in peak color here, and the brilliant red of a couple Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) combined with sparkling yellows joins the beech (Fagus grandifolia, Zones 3–9) and hickory (Carya sp.) trees.

close up of bright yellow japanese mapleThe brilliant yellow fall color from a Japanese maple looks beautiful framing a Buddha statue against a tree trunk.

franklinia foliage in fallBut you can’t forget the fabulous tapestry of reddish hues that is my franklinia (Franklinia alatamaha, Zones 5–8) tree right now.

cut log path through the gardenAnd a path made from cut log sections invites you to explore the beauties of the fall garden.


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