What a Difference Three Days Make

There is one day each year when the Japanese maple in our front year is positively psychedelic. I posted pictures on November 7 thinking that it was the day. I woke up this Monday morning realizing that I’d been wrong. November 15 — as captured in the photo above — was the day.

But the real surprise was on the deck. I keep comparing the picture above of the grouping of dwarf evergreens to the one I posted on July 21. I’d mentioned then that the Berberis thungberii gold pillar barberry (center), with its then lime green leaves, was new this year. But this Monday, wow! It was — and still is — day-glo orange. Who knew? And the pond itself? Take a look below. When is it at its best? Spring, fall? Dusted with snow in the winter?

And the Japanese maple in the front yard? I was away from Monday morning through Wednesday afternoon. What a difference those three days made. The picture below was taken Thursday. and all the hot red-orange leaves are in little piles on the ground. Now it’s time to appreciate the gnarled, sculptural form of the tree itself.

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint, Salon.com, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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