I spoke too soon in my last post regarding lack of exuberance in Newport’s leaf display. Exactly three days after that email, all of our trees literally popped at the same time– a crescendo of color that is breathtaking. Since fall is my favorite season, I was euphoric and the clear skies of cerulean blue as a backdrop made it all the more exceptional.
One of my favorite sights, which I was able to capture in two images, are the newly-dropped leaves creating vibrant carpets along Bellevue Avenue’s sidewalks.
As they do in our front courtyard (where we changed the driveway design to save the European beech, now on its own island in the circle).
Inspired by Sheffield Park in England, a few years ago I planted a selection of Japanese maples in the woodland along our border with Rosecliff. This fall the “flame border” that I had imagined is now starting to show off its charms.
Along the Avenue, Newport’s trees were providing examples of this spectacular fall in every block, pairing well with stone walls, lanterns, statuary…
And even a clock!
Sometimes, that fall splash of color can change your whole perception of a home that you’ve passed day in and day out, prompting you to see it in a new light.
Even a grand landscape can benefit from a shot of color.
A little bonus… a breathtaking gingko tree accenting a corner of Washington Square (where Bellevue Avenue, if you don’t consider its twists and turns, really ends).
Hope you’ve enjoyed a season of color, too.