Even if fall will probably be late (or very subtle) this year, there are still those signatures in the gardens that announce the season is changing. One is the pair of miniature gingko standards (‘Merikan’) in their Versailles boxes in the Fountain Garden (feature image). Over an approximately 7-10 days they subtly change to shades of brilliant, eye-catching yellow…until you wake one morning and all the leaves are on the ground.
The other “for sure fall is around the corner” note is the magnificent 114 ft. long ‘Limelight’ hydrangea hedge separating the Green and White Garden and the Fountain Garden. She blooms late in the season to charm us with her sassy bounty, her white pillow-y heads tossing in the fall winds as she peaks around the corner of the glassed in porch.
This hedge also looks over the Green and White Garden, named that for many reasons but the striking note is that it stays so fresh and appealing late into the fall!
At the front door a simple fall statement of russet-orange mini chrysanthemums lines both sides of the limestone steps…set off by the pruned hornbeam “pillars”(have you spied Miss Clicquot peaking around the door?).
The rams head stone containers that grace the entrance to the front courtyard show off their russet mini-chrysanthemum globes also.
The sun porch is not forgotten either, with a metal topiary wrapped in variegated ivy, which can be decorated with dahlias in fall colors.
What started as just a quick scoot into the garden to capture a pic of the ginko standards before they dropped their leaves, found me so inspired that I proceded to document this point in the upcoming fall before I head to Paris…’twill probably all be over by my return. But one last lingering memory of early fall that I treasure are the cloud formations and the graceful way in which they fill the entire blue sky.
And soon I’ll be sharing “Autumn in Paris” with you…stay tuned for November 9th. Au revoir…