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Fall Fog

Fall happens - even in a Botanical Garden. Especially beautiful with a dense blanket of fog. Shown below is the magical landscape that greeted me this morning. Like walking in a dream.   



The arboreal color palette in my neighborhood right now is dominated by Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida L.) and Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum Marshall). And I can't imagine anything more beautiful. Fall in the northeastern U.S. (see In Praise of Northern Hardwood Forests).


Witch Hazel

There are a couple of things that I really like about witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana L.).  An extract from the bark and leaves is used medicinally as an astringent. This is what the barber used to splash on the back of your neck after you got a haircut when you were a kid. The twigs of this small tree are also used for making diving rods to "dowse" or locate ground water.  And, perhaps the best thing of all, late in the fall this species produces a bunch of small, pink and orangish flowers (shown above) just before it drops its leaves.  The last thing to flower in my backyard. [NOTE: The genus name means "together with fruit", the flowers, fruits, and next year's leaf buds all appearing on the branch at the same time].