Monday, October 24, 2011

A surprising fall color

As the countryside around me returns to its winter look, I am struck by the beauty of the Korean lilac. We are all familiar with the autumn beauty of maples and oaks but after their leaves have fallen to the ground, this little tree/bush is the star of my late October landscape.




17 comments:

  1. The Korean Lilac is truly a beauty. Are the flowers like our common lilacs?

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  2. Jill, they are smaller and have a different fragrance. There's some info here:

    http://www.epinions.com/review/Korean_Lilac_Two_Gallon/content_480986697348

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  3. I've never heard of that type of tree but I love the colors!

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  4. Lovely. The fall brings such gorgeous colors to the whole landscape--a kind of finale celebration of spring and summer!

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  5. That winter landscape is definitely starting to take shape - leaves are almost gone and snow in the forecast for Thursday. The Korean Lilac is beautiful!

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  6. It is very pretty, and I am not surprised you like it so much.

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  7. This is a beauty. Where I used to live I had a row of these little beauties.

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  8. great colours. almost the same as the Japanese maple in my parents yard. I should take a pic of it this weekend.

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  9. Lovely, looking out at my Virginia Creeper, it looks to be almost the same colour. Such an autumn treat every year.
    I adore lilacs, wish I had one of those too.
    Carole

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  10. I'm kind of surprised, Staci. I think they are quite common everywhere now.

    Linda, I do love these cool months that begin with bright colors, dim to the more muted shades, and then disappear completely, leaving us with the bare trees and evergreens of winter.

    JoAnn, I wonder if we'll get snow. It has been very warm. Maybe three hard frosts in all.

    Thanks, Librarian.

    Lisa, it isn't a tree I'm that wild about but I do like my two.

    Heather, I think the Japanese lilacs are taller, but I'm not sure.

    Carole, I prefer the native lilacs, but these are a nice addition to the landscape.

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  11. What a lovely enticing photo of your bookcases. Makes me want to browse.

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  12. I hadn't heard of this flower before -- I read through the comments and see what the flowers look like -- wow it's beautiful and I will tell our son and dil about it.

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  13. Canadian Chickadee, I do love those shelves. They aren't my only bookshelves but they are certainly the largest in the house.

    Sallie, the flowers are a bit smaller than regular lilacs, and have a fragrance a bit like hyacinth. If you like h. then you'll like it. I find it a bit strong.

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  14. Nan,
    Am I remembering that you wanted these so as to honor the country where your children were born? What a lovely thing to do and then to enjoy them as the years go by! I meant the Korean Lilacs but I suppose the same applies to your children. :-)

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  15. Kay, aren't you so dear to remember that!!

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  16. I didn't know the Korean lilac could be counted on for color. The only good color I have in the 'garden' loosely defined, are provided by the high bush blueberries.

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  17. Pat, I love that 'loosely defined.' :<) No leaves anywhere now except the ones hanging on the beech and oak. I love this open time of year.

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