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Autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Foliage on fire

Today Priscilla King is sharing some of the beautiful fall colors in her garden.

I live very close to mile marker #1 at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Central Virginia. The fall colors this year have been better than any recent year I can remember! These are pictures from my own yard and are what I have been looking out at for at least two weeks. Many leaves have fallen, but there are still many to be seen.

Solomon's sealThe variegated Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’, Zones 3–8) has developed a beautiful golden tone.

Hosta ‘Blue Jay’Hosta ‘Blue Jay’ (Zones 4–8), which is usually a deep blue-green, has turned to gold.

‘Viridis’This Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Viridis’ (Zones 5–9) is beautifully colored in copper and gold.

A wider view of the Acer palmatumThe Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Viridis’ is by the front door, with decorative gourds echoing its warm fall colors.

"Midas touch"I’m not sure what tree this is, but it definitely has the “Midas touch” of gold. (Editor’s note: From what I can see of the leaves, it is a maple, perhaps a Freeman maple [Acer × freemanii, Zones 3–9]. Freeman maples are hybrids of red and silver maples that can occur naturally in the wild, as well as being created by plant breeders.)

beautiful yellow color of this mapleThe yellow color of this maple is simply beautiful.

Japanese maple treeA little Japanese maple tree that a friend gave me years ago is so pretty with its various shades of red and orange.

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  1. [email protected] 11/22/2021

    Thanks for sharing your garden. I really look forward to seeing what others are doing in their gardens! And I am especially fond of Japanese maples, and "Viridis" is at the top of my wish list.

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    treasuresmom 11/22/2021

    Love the fall colors.

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    simplesue 11/22/2021

    What a beautiful place you live in, all that autumn color and land and cute house.
    It all looks so peaceful and relaxing.
    And I can see how would put on a great seasonal show for each of the four seasons!

  4. user-5117752 11/22/2021

    Simply stunning!!! Just love your photos!!! But you didn't say what that adorable, furry thing is standing on the steps. I live in the Blue Ridge Mtns in WNC. We, too, finally had a stunning fall. The color changes came late but I thought I was living in a fairyland when I looked out of my windows. Sadly, I'm not a photo taker so I thoroughly enjoyed yours. Thank you for taking the time to share.

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      PKKing 11/22/2021

      The furbaby is our cocker spaniel Lady. She was determined to be in the picture. I tried get her to move, but she refused. Now you know who the boss in the family is. 😂

  5. btucker9675 11/22/2021

    So pretty! My hostas and Solomon's Seal had turned that pretty gold then we had a night in the 20s and they were done before their time. I enjoyed them while it lasted! Thanks for sharing your beautiful autumn leaves.

  6. schatzi 11/22/2021

    Gorgeous maples, and the pup is pretty cute too. I can't grow Solomon's seal - the deer eat them! Viridis is on my list. Beautiful!

  7. imajayhawk 11/22/2021

    Such beautiful pictures of your garden, Priscilla. Thanks for sharing them with us. We had good color in Harrisburg, but not the best.

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