In keeping with 408's theme, I took some pictures of some of the gleaming colors out there today. I thought I'd post them here so as not to slow down the main thread. Add yours here too...?
This is the gorgeous Japanese Maple at a neighbour's. It is always a show-stopper!
The Viburnum opulus by the garage has nice color this year. Usually it is nothing special. Last year is was heavily damaged by what I assume was viburnum beetles - I didn't think it would suvive. But it came back well this spring, although it never bloomed. Maybe the stress helped produce this year's color:
The angel roses are now mostly a colorful hip display although there are still flowers too. (How's yours doing Martie?)
The Hot Cocoa rose still has some flowers hanging in . The haze of red behind and to the left is the angel rose hips that are in the previous picture:
This little 'Shaina' Japanese Maple is in the top corner of the north alley. This variety is only supposed to get 4-5' tall and 3-4' wide so hopefully someday it will just nicely fill that corner.
The 'Waterfall' JM we planted by the shed in 2007 is looking good too - this is not the best of pictures though!
This JM is a seedling of the neighbour to the north's tree. We planted this in the back corner in 2000 - there was no fence there at the time and both we and the neighbours thought where we planted it was on our property. When we had a survey done a few years later before putting up the fence, it turned out that the tree was on the neighbour's side! We didn't bother trying to move it so now we just enjoy it over the fence. It seems to like where it is.
The neighbour gave us a couple of new seedlings this spring (in exchange for the rhodos that weren't doing well here...) Two of the seedlings seem to be doing well but some have died. It'll be interesting to see if these ones survive the winter. If they do, I'm going to see if Becky can find a few more seedlings to replace the ones that died. It would be nice to fill in under the white pines with a bunch of the young JMs.