Monday, November 11, 2013

Autumn Foliage in Pennsylvania

Over the weekend, we were in Eastern Pennsylvania to enjoy the fall colors, among other
things.    We hit the season at its peak - the trees were still full, the colors were vibrant,
and the weather was sunny and gorgeous.  This pair of sugar maples is in front of
Winterthur, the Dupont Historic Estate outside Wilmington.  Highway 52, which runs
from Wilmington to Longwood Gardens, is one of the most colorful roads in the state.
This Japanese Maple Tree is one of the most beautiful autumn trees I have ever seen,
with foliage going from pale green to yellow to peach to rose to red to plum color.
Some of the leaves on the Japanese Maple Tree.
View through the branches of the Japanese Maple Tree.
Gingko Trees turn a bright yellow color.
Branches of a Gingko Tree.
Fountain and Sugar Maples at a friend's house.
A walk near the fountain.
"Burning Bush" along Highway 52 near the Mendenhall Inn, where we stayed last time.
"Burning Bush" comes in a variety of brilliant shades of cranberry red and hot pink
and can be found along every highway and in many yards.
This was a new pleasure for me - a fall colored crape myrtle.  We have crape myrtles
in Florida, but they do not have foliage like this in the fall.  All shades of orange,
yellow, red, copper, and brown can be found here.
A branch of crape myrtle.
Crape Myrtle
Crape Myrtle
Path Lined with Sugar Maples.
An allee in the garden, with trimmed maples.
One of my favorites every year is the Decorative Maple, which looks so soft and
delicate.  It comes from Japan also.
Decorative Maple foliage.
Decorative Maple Foliage.
A walk through the woods.
A branch of maple.
A giant variety of Weeping Willow with yellow leaves.
Japanese Crape Myrtle with yellow leaves.
Japanese Crape Myrtle
Copper Beech Tree
Branch of Copper Beech
Copper Birch Tree
Another variety of Japanese Decorative Maple, but with very tiny maple leaves.
Yellow Maple branches overhead.
Orange Maple branches overhead.
Many of these trees were located on the grounds of Longwood Gardens, a few miles
west of Philadelphia and Wilmington.  They have an extraordinary collection of
trees, bushes, and flowers; this year the fall foliage was the best I have ever seen there.
I hope you have enjoyed this virtual stroll thru the woods on a sunny autumn afternoon.


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