Mums the Word!

Mums the Word!

This median strip at The Shoppes At Farmington Valley in Canton, CT made it’s way onto the blog in an earlier post because of its spring welcome to shoppers. You can revisit that post by clicking here. Today, it makes a return appearance with a glorious autumnal display. Enjoy!

Karl Foerster Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') and Chrysanthemum greet shoppers at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Autumn!
Karl Foerster Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) and Chrysanthemum greet shoppers at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Autumn!

 

Karl Foerster Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') and Chrysanthemum greet shoppers at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Autumn!
Karl Foerster Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) and Chrysanthemum greet shoppers at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Autumn!

 

Karl Foerster Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') and Chrysanthemum greet shoppers at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Autumn!
Karl Foerster Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) and Chrysanthemum greet shoppers at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Autumn!

 

Worthy of Words Wednesday 10.16.13 – A Splash of Sugar on Tillotson Road!

Worthy of Words Wednesday 10.16.13 – A Splash of Sugar on Tillotson Road!

Tillotson Road in Avon CT is one of the more picturesque roads in the Farmington Valley. Recently, a Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) caught my eye as I soaked in Tillotson’s autumn splendor!

A brilliant fall day on Tillotson Road!
A brilliant fall day on Tillotson Road!
A splash of color waits at the end of a cornfield on Tillotson Road.
A splash of color waits at the end of a cornfield on Tillotson Road.
Looking like an exclamation point on this fence line, a Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) stands in all it's fall glory!
Looking like an exclamation point on this fence line, a Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) stands in all it’s fall glory!
Corn stalks and Sugar Maples (Acer saccharum), Autumn in New England!
Corn stalks and Sugar Maples (Acer saccharum), Autumn in New England!

Enjoy the change of seasons my friends!

“Leaves”

“Leaves”

"Scott Hokunson" "Blue Heron Landscape Design"

 

Leaves

How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
 At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.

 

          — Elsie N. Brady

Invasive Fall Color

Invasive Fall Color

We have all been told of the dangers posed to the environment by invasive species. Zebra Mussels threaten our waterways, Tall reed grass is ruining our marshlands, and bordering any interstate, you’ll find Asian Bittersweet, Kudzu and Grape Vines. These offenders are easy for us to come to grips with, but not so those plants still sold in our nurseries and garden centers, and beloved for generations. Plants like Barberry and Burning Bush.
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Burning Bush Covers a woodland hillside in North Granby, CT.

Early spring is the time to get a glimpse of Barberries invasiveness, but now, in Autumn, is the time for Burning Bush. Sold for years as for it’s red foliage in the fall, Burning Bush (Euonymous alatus compactus) is used everywhere. It is planted next to bridges on the highway, used a a splash of color in the mixed border, and ironically widely used as a staple of the woodland garden because of its shade tolerance.

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Burning Bush shades out native plant species and reduces the biodiversity of the woodland.

Ironic, because it is here in the woodland, that Burning Bush poses the biggest problem. Thriving wthout the threat of major disease or pests, Burning Bush spreads fast and covers the forest floor, shading out the meager streams of light so needed by the native vegetation. It so thoroughly infests, that it effectively limits the diversity of flora, and in turn the fauna that make a healthy ecosystem.

Next time you think you need a plant with great red fall color, I hope you will turn your back on the Burning Bush for something equally as impressive, but not aggressive. Consider the elegant Enkianthus, or one of my personal favorites, and a great native, High Bush Blueberry. Ooh I can almost taste the blueberry cobler now……

Enjoy the Autumn color!

Scott

www.blueheronlandscapes.com