Fog and Fall Color

In my neck of the woods the last few days have brought fog, low clouds and misty mornings.

Pampas grass against a background of Douglas Fir

Giant Pampas grass (Erianthus?) against a background of Douglas Fir

Ferry fog horns and the misty mornings provided a nice backdrop for this Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry.

Amelanchier × grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'

Amelanchier × grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’

To my color-challenged eye, grasses look especially fetching in the misty filtered light.

Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'

Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’

Fading tan colored seed heads made a nice background for the rose colored ones that persist until frost.

tan and rose

All that moisture in the air, disguised as raindrops, condensed on this aster bloom.


This Fuschia, which may be ‘Gartenmeister,’ hasn’t quite finished blooming. I’m not sure how hardy it is and I may just lose it if we have a hard winter.

Fuschia 'Gartenmeister' ?Also in the still blooming category is this Chocolate Cosmos.

Chocolate Cosmos in a Pot

Chocolate Cosmos in a Pot

Cosmos atrosanguineus up close

Cosmos atrosanguineus up close

The color of the berries on this Cotoneaster (the exact species still stumps me) seem to deepen with dropping temperatures and so far don’t seem to register as food for birds or other critters. The misty morning and the leaves turning golden on the Chestnut in the background are nice foils for the green and red show.

Cotoneaster 'Rehderi'

Possibly Cotoneaster ‘Rehderi’ or Contoneaster lacteus  (aka C. parneyi)

The berries on my Dropmore Scarlet Trumpet Honeysuckle aren’t quite as showy as the Cotoneaster’s, but when blooming, this Lonicera is irresistible to hummingbirds


Lonicera x brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet’

The spent dahlias discarded on a compost pile were a serendipitous discovery.

dahlias on compost

Dahlias on the compost heap