Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Fall In Florida
We have a change of seasons in North Florida, but it's not the "In Your Face Fall" of New England or even North Georgia. The trees won't do any serious leaf color change until mid November.
Oh, the cypress will brown before then and the sweet gums are already turning purple, but most of the other deciduous trees will hang on to both green and their leaves for months still.
Fall is a good time for wildflowers here. My ride home is painted with swamp sunflower, blazing star, coreopsis, and golden rod. Most of our hardwoods are along river swamps so that's where you first start to notice the leaf change.
The yellow flower in the picture above is Swamp Sunflower. The orange is a hand-me down cosmos that gets about 8 feet tall and blooms all summer. The swamp sunflower will make you wait all year as it slowly grows taller and taller until one day you stop and stare in amazement at this skyscraper of a plant with lovely yellow blossoms.
I think some of mine are 10-12 feet tall. That's not a fish tale. These two flowers are a great fall color combination, the rich orange and yellow are a nice substitute for the tree leaves which are still holding their fall colors beneath the last of summer's green.
Posted by R.Powers at 7:10 PM