Six on Saturday #15

Another Saturday, another six things from the garden.  Autumn has not been particularly impressive thus far.  I think the very dry weather in August and September has caused some trees to drop their leaves prematurely , while others are still green.  Only one plant out in the garden has started blooming this week, so I’ll begin with it:

1. Salvia regla (Mountain Sage)


Salvia regla is primarily a Mexican species, although its range extends just north of the Rio Grande into west Texas.  In my garden it is marginally hardy, dying to the ground each winter and sprouting new growth fairly late in the spring.  Perhaps that’s why it starts flowering exceptionally late in the year.  The orange-red flowers are quite large (for a sage), but they come too late to attract hummingbirds which have already flown south for the winter.

2-6.  Autumn trees

The remaining photos this week are trees in their autumn finery.  I chose to photograph only trees that are growing naturally on our property.  Perhaps the foliage of  trees and shrubs that I have planted can be a subject for another day.

hickory and vulture
Carya sp. (hickory).

I think these are Carya glabra, pignut hickory, but I’m not very good at identifying hickories other than the shagbarks.  Can you spot the turkey vulture soaring high above?

Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Oxydendrum arboreum (sourwood)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
red maple
Acer rubrum (red maple)

That’s all for this Saturday.  As always, head over to the Propagator’s blog to see his Six and check the comments there for links to other participants.

8 thoughts on “Six on Saturday #15

  1. That’s a fine collection of autumn colour you have. I have one hope of redness left in a flowering cherry that has managed to survive recent storms with leaves mainly attached. But it’s late to the turn this year and currently the green is barely paling.

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    1. I think I’m supposed to count leaflets, but I can never remember what’s what. The only one I can recognize is the shagbark, because of the incredible bark peeling off in slabs.

      I love them all, even though the squirrels drop nuts on my greenhouse and make a mess all over the driveway. Hickory also makes great firewood, though it is a b*tch to split. The wood has all these crisscrossing fibers that prevent a clean split. Oak and tulip poplar are much easier.

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      1. I think the pignut hickory had green terminal bud scales. I was able to see that only because we happened to be there this time of year, but otherwise, I would never know. They were all pretty, especially to someone who had never seen them before.

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    1. The Oxydendrum is nice, eh? They’re fairly common understory trees around here and have an interesting habit of growing at a 45 degree angle, so they stand out among all the vertical trees. Blooms during summer, when all the other trees have finished flowering. Flowers look like tiny white bells in panicles, and you can buy sourwood honey in local markets.

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      1. Gorgeous! You are so lucky I think I have only ever seen them in botanical gardens here in the uk remember seeing the flowers would love to have the space to grow one at home names a good name too


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