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November Woodland 2017

Last night a stiff wind blew for hours. I could hear it gusting as I lay in bed, and all I could think of was all the leaves being swept to earth. It has been a disappointing autumn, as far as fall foliage goes. Colors have gone from summer green to murky tints of gold and red to brown and on the ground...in days! This morning was very chilly with a sharp, clear sky. For the first time I felt the breath of winter as I gazed at the tide of leaves drifting over the garden. It is the price we pay for living amidst towering trees. 

Here are some images I took in the woodland garden this past week. Lou had just raked leaves off the moss paths. Ha! He has much more to do now! It is important to keep the moss paths clear of leaves and other debris. Moss does not need earth to grow, but it does need air.

Japanese maple 'Waterfall'

Clockwise from top left: Persimmon 'Tamopan'; Mahonia 'Soft Caress'; Camellia 'Leslie Ann'; Witch Hazel - I planted this years ago, and it has finally bloomed!

Finally, a view across the lower front lawn toward a natural, undeveloped wooded area. It was once brimming with dogwood trees. Sadly, drought, disease, and old age have taken their toll through the years. The trees with the red leaves are my remaining dogwoods. Oaks and hickories are the larger trees with gold and brown leaves:

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Reader Comments (20)

You may not have as much autumn color as you'd like but you've got much more than we do! Despite the work required to corral all those leaves, I still don't think there's much of anything as pretty as a woodland garden, of which yours is a fine example. Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving and a gentle transition into winter. We're poised to have temperatures near 90F here on Thanksgiving as summer mounts yet another (hopefully brief) comeback attempt.

November 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

Tantalising about the mossy paths but they do look enticing!

Does a hickory give nuts, edible?

November 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Studer

The woodlands are lovely; I've been working on a (much smaller) moss path, and it brings me much joy!

November 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristi {Jealous Hands}

Less than satisfying fall color or not--your forest is magical. And on the practical level, wonderful supplier of leaf mold?

November 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterhb

Those moss paths are so lovely. Poor Lou though! Gardeners' work is never done.

We haven't had a great year for fall color either. In fact, we haven't the past few years. The saving grace is a few trees that turn late and color well, so we've still gotten spots of color. I'm missing all of the big red maples turning color.

November 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersweetbay

PS Your oaks, hickories and dogwoods colored up beautifully!

November 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersweetbay

The moss path looks so inviting. How does Lou rake the leaves off without damaging the moss?

November 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Hi everyone, thank you all for your comments!

Diana, yes hickory nuts are edible, though they are hard to crack and some varieties taste better than others. Pecans, in fact, are a type of hickory nut. However, squirrels and other critters eat most of my hickory nuts.

Denise, we use a rake made of rubber-like material, and it does not tear the moss.

Best wishes to you all! Deb

November 20, 2017 | Registered CommenterDeborah Elliott

I can sympathise with your leaf sweeping, I'm having to do all mine every few days too! This is the price we pay for having such beautiful old trees and a woodland garden.

November 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Gorgeous woodland views and I love your mossy paths.

November 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChloris

The weather this autumn has meant that we have much more in the way of autumn colour than I've ever seen before in this garden. Nothing fantastic like your usual show but a pleasant change all the same. Your moss paths are a delight; well done for keeping them clear.

November 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

You've got so much verdant greenery still. It looks fresh and cool.

November 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Mossy paths sound wonderful, like your garden has a plush carpet!

November 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEliza Waters

Gorgeous woodland views as always!

November 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

Your woodland garden and mossy path photographs are beautiful and transmit a feeling of calm and tranquility. Simply gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

We’ve transitioned into the murky time of autumn, when most of the leaves are gone. It was so beautiful just a short time ago, I just wish it could have lasted longer. I love your mossy paths, can hubby not use a leaf blower instead?

November 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Ruff Leja

I love your witch hazel. I have Hamamelis virginiana growing on my property, too, but they barely bloomed at all this year (perhaps a response to two consecutive summers of moderate drought).

November 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJean

The photos are so delicate and pretty, they look like paintings. You may have lost lots of dogwoods, but that natural woodland scene still looks wonderful.

November 29, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercatmint

We have 2 acres that are "developed" and about a quarter acre left in woodland. I can truly appreciate how much work the two of you have to keep it looking nice.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLinda @ SouthernRuralRoute

Hi Deb: Your woodland is always so beautiful! You're lucky to have Persimmons on your property. I saw some at the market the other day and thought about buying some, but they were too expensive. I've only tasted them a couple of times, but enjoyed them.

December 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBeth @ PlantPostings

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