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Japanese Maples Set Fire to this Fall Garden

By Kim Charles

Delicate leaves of Aka Shigitatsu sawa Japanese contrast with Japanese forest grass.

Irvin and Pauline Faria reflect on one stunning fall season in CA.

"Winter now with us we still have memories of our beautiful 2016 garden of Fall foliage colors. Through these photos we take you through five landscape elevations of our woodland garden. Maple trees in these corridors enjoy the best of horticulture worlds with periods of direct and filtered sunlight and constant moisture. The garden has its own ecosystem created by the running creek and canopy of oak trees. Dogwood, birch and Japanese maples provide a kaleidoscope of color from delicate leaves in early spring to the pyrotechnics of autumn."

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Contrasting foliage of a Katsura Japanese maple.

The brilliant crimson foliage of Sherwood Flame Japanese maples.

A canopy of Acer palmatum Japanese maples.

The north garden landscape of Japanese maples.

Japanese maples from a Monet-like collage through the landscape.

A scene from the wildlife preserve portion of our property.

Massive trunks of 52 year old Acer Palmatum Japanese maples and the sharp yellow foliage of a V-corbin Japanese maple. A bronze wind sculpture is suspended in the foreground.

An area of the upper garden as seen from our bedroom windows.

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  1. Jay_Sifford 01/19/2017

    Just lovely, as always. Thanks for the tour and for the great photography.

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    meander_michaele 01/19/2017

    I can feel the cyber swelling of admiration and awe in my fellow gpod-ers hearts as we gaze upon these beautiful pictures, Irvin and Pauline. And, oh, my, the subtle majesty of that 52 year old maple art!

  3. user-7007498 01/19/2017

    I am in awe with this post. Your woodland garden with beautiful paths is so inspiring. The maples bring not only great fall color, but their trunks create structural appeal. I could get lost in your garden for days. It looks so relaxing. Thanks for inviting us into your space.

  4. VikkiVA 01/19/2017

    Such beauty! The color of the leaves on the ground is almost as stunning as those remaining in the trees. The multicolored Katsura is magnificent. Vikki in VA

  5. user-4691082 01/19/2017

    What a great reminder of those beautiful fall colors. Your property must be immense! Thanks for the ahh moments for this morning!

  6. NCYarden 01/19/2017

    OH........MY..........GOODNESS! No secret, I am dumbstruck with those beautiful maples. Love how they decorate the lower realms of a woodland garden. Thanks for sharing.

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    treasuresmom 01/19/2017

    Irvin and Pauline, fall is my favorite time of year especially with all those fabulous colors . Gorgeous doesn't really describe the beauty of your garden.

  8. Chris_N 01/19/2017

    You have created a beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/19/2017

    I see your names, Irvin and Pauline, and I know my morning is going to start with some envy! Those blazing colors are spectacular and such beacons in your amazing garden. Thanks for reminding us about autumn as we look forward to spring. I'm ready for winter to go!

  10. tennisluv 01/19/2017

    What a wonderful garden you have. The japanese maples are just gorgeous and all that beautiful natural landscape that you have enhanced. I am absolutely green with envy.

  11. sheila_schultz 01/19/2017

    Your woodland garden is breathtaking no matter the season, but the colors of fall are downright magical. Thank you Irvin and Pauline.

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    LindaonWhidbey 01/19/2017

    Good morning, Irvin and Pauline, and thanks for giving us another glimpse of your picturesque landscape. The color that you had this fall was spectacular. Ours was rather dismal due to high winds and an extremely wet Oct. The photo of your Katsura maple is encouraging since we have one that's on it's way to getting that pretty. It's always nice to see your garden.

  13. user-5117752 01/19/2017

    "Cyber swelling of admiration......."!!! How marvelously put!!! I am truly in awe as I scroll through your pictures time and time again!!! They truly brighten my heart during these final months of a dreary winter! The colors, the combinations, the compositions are exquisite! Thank you for sharing this day with us.!!!

  14. perenniallycrazy 01/20/2017

    Thanks for making my jaw drop once again Irvin and Pauline! I always love your garden photography and stories.

  15. schatzi 01/20/2017

    Irvin and Pauline, your garden never ceases to amaze and delight! How wonderful it would be to see it in person. It is awe inspiring. It must have looked like the woods were on fire!

  16. OregonGardenGal 01/20/2017

    Just the shot of color I need to get through a winter day!

  17. user-7007140 01/21/2017

    There are some scenes which fill our hearts - your garden is one such. Breathtakingly beautiful.

  18. janeeliz 01/21/2017

    Absolutely stunning! How I'd love to meander along those gorgeous paths you've created ...such color, such charm, so lovely, Thanks, Irvin and Pauline.

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