October 21, 2013 at 5:52 am (botany)
Tags: Aesculus glabra, Carya ovata, Coreopsis tripteris, Mayslake, Ohio buckeye, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, shagbark hickory, tall coreopsis, Virginia creeper
by Carl Strang
Today’s post is just a celebration of some of the colors that fill the landscape this time of year. Plants that blend unobtrusively into the general background of summer green suddenly announce themselves.
At a glance one can see how the shagbark hickories, large and small, are arrayed in the Mayslake woodland.
The varied reds draw the eye as well. Here are three.
Virginia creeper winds up its supporting trees with brilliant starbursts.
The Ohio buckeye’s leaves range from red to orange.
Out in the prairies, tall coreopsis offers a red that leans toward maroon.
It’s a time that reminds us to live in the moment. We all know what’s coming.