Thankfully our first full day back in Portland wasn’t a complete emersion in the famous Oregon grey skies, the sun came out to highlight some of the changes in the garden since we left town a couple of weeks ago.
The blooms that I was so happy to see on my Clematis tibetana have morphed into these fabulous shiny filaments. Color on the Virginia Creeper. Blooms on the Fatsia japonica. The warm fall color of the Peony leaves always surprises me. I don't think of them as being known for their fall foliage. The yellowing of the leaves on my Ponceris is exciting because it means soon the branches will be bare and thorns will be visible. Mahonia × media‘Charity’ A few red Virginia Creeper leaves stand out against the green Clematis Montana 'pink perfection' leaves. Cardoon blooms, beautiful even in decline. The view when I stepped outside to take the dog for a walk, its fall for sure… Spikes hidden by the neighbors fallen Dogwood leaves. Bright purple on the formerly green Cylindropuntia. Want a fast growing Manzanita? I am shocked at the speed with which the Arctostaphylos x 'Austin Griffiths’ has grown. Agave Americana Wider view… And a couple of Castor Bean close-ups… Our temperatures have dipped to a chilly 36 degrees but the Canna are so far unscathed. Whereas these Sempervivum have their leaves pulled in tight in protest. Does red in the Agave spines count as fall color? Lazy Opuntia. After studying the form of the mother plant to these Agave pups (in New Mexico) it’s quite remarkable how different they are. Shorter wider leaves, is this an adaptation to my climate? And finally a few of the colorful trees I crossed paths with yesterday. We saw plenty of fall color in Albuquerque and Durango but it was mostly of the bright golden variety, it was wonderful to see some fiery reds.