As promised, I will post more photos that I took recently during my nature walk at the Rhododendrons Species Botanical Garden. I was amazed at just how diverse this garden area, nestled away in a wooded setting, is. Many species of trees had already dropped most of their leaves, and many were just starting their autumn color, in particular, the various types of Japanese Maples. They are the autumn stars of the show; their colors take one’s breath away. Here’s a small, potted Japanese Maple near the conservatory that is a real show-stopper!
A few steps away from the red leaves was a pot of brilliant orange Japanese Maple leaves.
But the real treasures were to be found along the trails of the 22 acres of the wooded garden. It may be autumn, but I found these fascinating, tall stalks of seed pods left over from the Giant Himalayan Lilies that bloomed earlier in the year.
Here is a real show-stopper of sorts that I happened to catch out of the corner of my eye – a fir tree wrapped with vines of magenta colored leaves. Wow!
Below, I will share with you many images that exemplify the wondrous plant species, colors, and textures that the garden has to offer this time of year.
I spent as much time in the garden as possible until the skies became very grey and overcast. It was time to put down the camera and head home before the rain drops fell. There was one last image I took of a gorgeous tree full of golden leaves. The dull lighting made for a not-so-nice photo. But I wanted to remember it as I saw it, anyway.
All photos property of Peggy A. Thompson