From the top: Rosa x odorata ‘Mutabilis’; Camellia ‘Winter’s Star’; Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’
They’re subtle but that’s okay. Autumn isn’t spring. Spring starts slowly then builds to a breathtaking crescendo of peonies, wisteria, iris, lilies, hydrangeas… Early autumn is calmer, richer…somber almost. After all, the year isn’t beginning, the year is winding down. The pace has slowed which is okay because it gives us time to spend looking at individual flowers, or fruits, or the occasional precocious red or gold leaf. We have time to walk out and check on whether the any of the osmanthus or elaeagnous are flowering. If they are we’ll smell them before we see the tiny flowers. It’s almost It takes more time to examine the intricately mottled flower of the toad lily than it does to absorb the splendor of a 100 foot wisteria in full bloom. Well maybe not, still…..