Patio Fall


On my patio are many potted plants, and they too are beginning to show signs of fall. Although, I am not sure if the yellowing needles on this mugo pine are seasonal, to me they speak of autumn.

[Edit – well, this went out a day early, and before it was finished, so two posts today. Perhaps none tomorrow as a result.]

I find that some of the trees we have growing in containers move towards winter a couple of weeks before their ground planted relatives. The Garry Oak, started by my daughter many years ago, is a week or two ahead of the native trees. It is a local oak species (Quercus garryana) that has a very narrow distribution around the drier edges of the Salish Sea and south into parts of Oregon. Here it is highlighted against the rain covered fennel that I featured yesterday. The Garry Oak fall display is always rather muted, as is typical of trees in this part of the world. For vivid colours, we have to plant varieties that are from away.


The ginkgo, which we recently inherited has three leaves left on it. We re-potted it about a month ago and apparently ginkgos hate that treatment, so this year may not be representative of its seasonal cycle.



This tiny pine was given to us many years ago by my sister and her partner. Perhaps it was a house-warming present more than 15 years ago. It grows so slowly that it seems barely larger than we they gave it to us. It asks for nothing but a bit of water, and rewards us by always looking terrific, especially up close. It seems to care naught for seasons.


The azalea on the patio is another recent addition. It was so happy to be moved here, that it started to flower in late August. Only a few flowers, but many buds. I am waiting for spring to see these come out. It is a mauve colour and is going to be a great addition to the patio. It does not seem to signal fall in any way, at least that I can interpret.


The succulents in the garden can take on some delicate colour changes, and lose their flower stalks at this time of the year, if they have deigned to flower, which this one did not.

Close up shots all taken with screw mount (m42) SMC Takumar 100mm f4.0 macro lens, others with a Canon 50mm f1.4 lens.



14 thoughts on “Patio Fall

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  3. These are beautiful photos. Just so simple and wonderful. I love the mugo pine photo, and that’s the prettiest shot of an azalea I’ve ever seen. 🙂 Wonderful to have these so close at hand. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


    • Hi Gill – thanks for visiting my blog, and for liking it. I like these ones too – the first two in particular. Either one of these would have sufficed as a post of their own.


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