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Bellevue Avenue in Fall Color

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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.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

22 thoughts on “Bellevue Avenue in Fall Color

    1. For sure, and yet I think the trees presented here were even more exceptional because of their diversity…though I could be happy with only Japanese maples.

  1. Bettie, Another fabulous post! My memory may be failing me but it seems the colors this year are far superior to any I can remember in the last few years. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pix.

    1. Exactly the way I feel, too, Barbara. And I don’t think it’s our imagination; that rain we’ve been cursing is probably the reason the color is so vivid!

  2. Oooueee, Bettie….
    The pictures and words each time just get better and better! Newport is EXQUISITE in the fall….
    Love, love, love the carpets of leaves on the side walks and grounds.

  3. Hello Bettie. . .

    The gradation of color shown of one of the trees from top to bottom makes one want to set it to a piece of needlepoint or oils on canvas. . . absolutely magnificent. . .as natures Fall beauty is a wonderment for all to see. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. From one who used to paint needlepoint canvases, I can very much relate to what you are saying. Thank you for sending along your thoughts!

  4. Thank you for making this Floridian happy showing those colorful trees & leaves. Missing them a bit, but not a month from now! The pictures are GLORIOUS!

  5. Oh Bettie, how I prayed a few days time would release nature’s glory Voila, I am not disappointed. How magnificent the display, manifesting the cycles of life, nature’s and ours. Am Grateful for your sharing resplendent Bellevue Avenue, as well as the Japanese maples on your grounds. At last I have seen Autumn at her finest!

    Sending warmest wishes to you and your family. May you have good health and happiness as we approach the season of giving thanks….(which I believe in doing every day). Do have lovely days, Bettie. Let me know if you come to San Francisco. Perhaps I could take you to lunch in Sausalito. Happy Days!

    Alexandra (Alexa) Ehlen in San Francisco

    1. Thank you, Alexa, for your eloquent comments…and I concur about giving thanks every day, not just on Thanksgiving. Do have a delicious one! Cheers from Newport, Bettie

  6. Bettie,
    Again showing another side of our beautiful Newport. Season after season it does not disappoint. Your photos are delicious.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Heaven on Earth for sure! Fall is my favorite time of year and these pictures show it perfectly. I just love walking down roads ablaze with all the colors. Wish fall could last much longer…like all year!

  8. I don’t know why more people don’t consider visiting Newport in the ‘off season’ as nature is never off in this beautiful city!

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