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Autumn came overnight! | by pawightm (Patricia)
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Autumn came overnight!

I continue to struggle to grow acers in my garden -- they don't belong here but I have such a strong emotional attachment to them that they're worth the extra effort even though they do not thrive. The wonderful crepe myrtle is not native but is so well adapted that it is on every preferred plant list. The bark and autumn foliage of the crepe myrtle are a gorgeous foil for the yellow of this little potted Acer palmatum (probably a 'Senkaki' variant -- coral barked). The pots contain special acidic soil and are under the shade of the crepe myrtles' deciduous canopy. I was surprised to see the little dissectum below turn color -- it had quite crispy looking leaves after the brutal summer and I did not expect it to color up at all. A lovely surprise.

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Taken on November 13, 2011