The Kentucky Coffee tree dropped its leaves and seed pods in very short order, and the hostas are going out in a blaze of color!
Edging Peony Bed ~ Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens
Fat Brown Spider
This fat brown spider dropped in from the apple tree near the Gardens office, and stayed still long enough to have its picture taken.
Tiny Brown Toad
This little toad was the smallest of about 4 spotted by volunteers when they were weeding the rose bed. This tiny toad was hopping along the Waterfront Trail. These toads are so well camouflaged, they are usually only noticeable when they hop.
Kentucky Coffee Tree @ BRG
This Kentucky Coffee tree at the south end of the Peony bed lost all its fall colored leaves in just a few days. See how it looked before it dropped its foliage.
Kentucky Coffee Tree ~ Fallen Leaves
The Kentucky Coffee tree drops small branches along with its leaves, scattering them all over the peonies.
Kentucky Coffee Tree Seed Pods
Under the Kentucky Coffee tree, amidst the fallen leaves and branches, I found several pods in varying states of dryness. Within a day or so, both of these pods in the photo were dark black. The seeds inside the pods are very small -- about the size of a raspberry seed.
For a few days, we volunteers contemplated planting these seeds and growing a few new Kentucky Coffee trees of our own, but Voice-of-Reason (head gardener Para) made us rethink. But luckily, we didn't have to, since this tree seeded itself. See the Kentucky coffeetree saplings here.
|Kentucky Coffee Tree Leaves on Branch, Seed Pod|
Here is a close up picture of the leaves and seed pod of the Kentucky Coffee Tree. A lower branch needed to be removed so I took the opportunity to take a closer look of the leaves on a branch lying on the pavement. It's hard to show leave structure, shape etc. when you are looking up from below.
Hosta Bed - Brueckner Rhodo Gardens
This large bed of hostas near the gardens office is dying off gracefully and colorfully, with the different varieties of hostas showing their unique shade of green and or gold.
Volunteers With Brother Cadfael Pink Rose
Though just a few days before Halloween, several varieties of roses are still blooming in the Gardens, like this Brother Cadfael rose with volunteers David and Don. As David remarked, "It's a rose between two thorns."
Evelyn Rose ~ Lady Bug
Evelyn, too, is still blooming this week in the Gardens. Lady Bugs like the one shown here on Evelyn were flying about on these warmer than usual late fall days.
Fernleaf Bleeding Heart - Day Before Halloween
Nicotiana - Day Before Halloween
Late Fall, the gardens is still a lively spot, as the spider and tiny toad attest. The Kentucky Coffee tree, though, is done for this year, and the hostas will likely join it any day now. But I for one am optimistic that late fall will be kind to the rose garden and the hydrangeas!