--Frank Simpson, Garden Manager
Tempting as it is to stay inside as the weather turns, a walk around the garden has a lot to offer anyone determined to enjoy what the garden has to offer.
The past month brought us hues of red, yellow, and orange that changed almost daily as the trees slowly gave way to fall. It is a surprisingly extended display. Maples of all sorts continue to live up to their reputation.
A young red maple, (Acer rubrum 'October Glory'), many vine maples (Acer circinatum), and Bloodgood maple ( Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood') by the gatehouse all make worthy garden trees.
While Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) didn't show much color this year, redvein Enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus) created a wonderful display of ripe apricot color.
The light at this time of year is like no other and particularly when it falls on the golden leaves of the tulip maple (Liriodendron tulipifera) or the gingko tree (Gingko biloba).
While these two might be difficult to accommodate in a smaller garden, they deserve a place in a city park or as a street tree.
Not to be outdone, some rhododendrons either can't wait for the season to come around or just simply are in flower for the joy of it. This lilac-pink on R. dauricum which already gave us a fine display earlier in the season is, nonetheless back in flower again.
Along with winter-blooming Rhododendron 'Tabitha', a good early red, there is a small un-named yellow giving us a foretaste of the display yet to unfold.