P71202After reading so much about the exquisite foliar color that most everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere gets this time of year, I must admit, I can get rather envious of those who experience four seasons instead of just two. The abundance of spring in the Southern Hemisphere does not help. Why have I not found a garden blog from Ecuador or Indonesia so that I have something to point and laugh at? It just isn’t fair.

Well, now I have something to brag about.

I found this bright red leaf on a crepe myrtle in town. Isn’t it pretty? Go ahead, you can tell me. It is gorgeous, RIGHT? Go on; say it! Say it NOW! LOUDER!

Soon, all the foliage behind it will be turning red and orange with maybe a bit of yellow. Can you see it? I think some of those leaves are starting to consider turning color right now! I just love this time of year!

There is other foliar color. I just happened to take a picture of this single leaf first. REALLY! There IS autumn color here.

In fact, most of of the foliar color here this time of year is a very different color from what is so common elsewhere. It is known as ‘green’. Have you ever heard of it? Yes, of course! It is that color that you saw so much of in spring and summer!

‘Green’ is such a splendid color! It looks particular exquisite on palm trees. Do you know what a palm tree is? Of course not. Well, we can talk about that later. For now, I will just post this spectacular picture of a rich ‘green’ sweetgum tree! Can you remember the last time you saw one in ‘green’? The fallen leaves on the ground remind us that this is autumn.P71202++

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6 thoughts on “‘Green’: The ‘Other’ Autumn Color

  1. Made my day Tony, put a big smile on my face I had a chuckle over this one… Yes Crepe Myrtle is gorgeous every season. In fact it is the only tree in my garden that has its own little 4 season transformation. Just coming out of its winter bare branch state of undress and it is covered in soft new spring foliage. I have one in the garden ….I love the flowers.

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    1. Yes! I do not like crepe myrtle much because it is too common; but it is one of the few plants that has four seasons!
      I did not think the article was all ‘that’ funny. It is good to know. I have a few unpleasant ones coming out in a few days. Perhaps I should not post them.

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  2. I agree, green is a splendid color! The color change here in Central Texas (Austin) unfolds over many weeks, so it’s not that spectacular show seen elsewhere. Our red oaks are just beginning to turn, as are other native plants. The crepe myrtals here, like yours, show lovely reds.

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  3. Haha Tony, I’m afraid I found your post humorous as well! But don’t hold back on the unpleasant ones, will you! Here in Australia there’s a tradition of constantly pruning crepe myrtles and I’ve never liked that look. Luckily for me, my garden has a couple of specimens which have been left as nature intended, and I find them very pretty with their natural vase-like shape, pastel flowers and autumn foliage which is delicate and understated compared to some of our superstars. Jane

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    1. I certainly do not mind if you find it amusing. Actually, that is rather cool. I am just sort of surprised. I thought I only made it slightly amusing. I thought that my article on rain is more amusing, but I do not think that I posted it yet.
      The unpleasant ones are about the atrocious work of ‘professional’ gardeners, and about how a very nice community garden was destroyed by a hater (while we are working so diligently to get ‘more’ community gardens in other communities). For the later, I used my rare hateful tone. Even I find it to be quite unflattering. I don’t like to be a hater too.
      Some cultivars of crepe myrtles do not bloom so well here if they are not pruned aggressively; although their foliar color in autumn is better without pruning. I prefer to pollard them, but the neighbors do not like it.

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