King of the Garden

Here it is, the middle of November and most of the deciduous trees have presented their glorious display and shed most if not all their leaves. Just a few weeks ago, the garden was glowing with bright golden yellows and intense reds, most everything had begun its autumn show – everything except the stately Lion’s Head maple (Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’). Even just a week ago I was watching for any hint of color change as other tree’s colorful leaves blew by and swirled around me in the autumn breeze. This “King of the Garden” was waiting to present himself when there would be much less competition from other plants.

Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'

Sitting near the pond this past weekend, as I enjoyed the crisp autumn air, I was mesmerized by the color orange. The King had finally begun to put on his show. The deciduous trees delight us with many colors in the garden all year long, but we don’t see orange until the fall.

Autumn Color

Perhaps it is the contrast with the blues, greens and golds of our autumn conifers that give the orange of ‘Shishigashira’ it’s allure. Whatever it is, it is just a week or two out of 52 – and less if we have a good wind and rain storm. Its fleeting nature makes me think of other precious things in life and how I need to appreciate and acknowledge them a little more.

How many more weeks of clinging leaves and beautiful colors do we have? Not many here in the Pacific Northwest. Thanksgiving is just a week away – how appropriate.

Conifer Lover

I’m thankful for my friends at Iseli Nursery for providing the great photo links!


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