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Leaves of Change

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This Sugar Maple tree
is always the first to exhibit leaf change.
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Leaves of Japanese Maples
change color over a
long time period.
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A baby Wisteria
doesn’t have many leaves
to fall!
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Rose of Sharon
is already getting a blanket
of leaves down below.
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Tree Peony leaves
on the older stems
are changing colors after
leaves on the younger stems.


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Rose of Sharon

A few years ago,
I asked a flower woman
what she would suggest
as a late-summer blooming shrub.
Her reply was Rose of Sharon.
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It has grown well for me
within a ‘flower jail’.
Deer nibble off any branch
that extends out of the fencing.
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This year the wind removed dead blossoms
and kept the plant looking fresh for weeks.


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Coming On (or not Peaked, yet)

We had a very mild spring, and it seems like everything is early this year,
flowers and vegies alike.  We had a good couple of days of rain in July that made everything grow like crazy afterward, especially the grass and weeds!
No days over 100 degrees F (37.8 C) and very few days over 90 degrees F (32.2 C).
I believe the plants like this moderately hot summer.

This Rose of Sharon plant has been here but a few years, and has grown significantly in that time.  The blossoms are plentiful, but perhaps short-lived.  Have not tried it as a cut flower, but do not think that is what it is known for.
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Asters seem to be flowering so early this year.
I have yet to see the plants with pink or white-colored blossoms,
so they must start later.
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Rudebekia, or Black-eyed Susans, are all a-bloom.
I know these are great cut flowers.
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Crocosmia is in full bloom now.  It thrives in full sun and is drought-resistant.
But watch out if it gets irrigated – it multiplies rapidly has taken over a flower bed.
The baby corms take a lot of digging to eliminate from an area.