The Colors of a Southern Autumn

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Fall colors are just starting to seep into the autumn landscape here in the South. Usually, in Ms. Jeannie’s area,  peak fall foliage time hits in early November, a couple of weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday, so we are just at the very start of the season now. But today was a blustery day, with leaves flying all over the yard and Ms. Jeannie couldn’t help but admire all the pretty colors turning from green to gold to rust that had just started occurring these past few days.

Primarily from mid Georgia to south Georgia the state is made up of pine trees, which of course are green all year round, so in order to get a fill of fall foliage, one must look to the decorative trees. Here are a few samplings of some traditional (non-pine!) Southern trees on their colorful journey from summer to fall…

The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree

The Dogwood

The Dogwood

The Scuppernong Grape Vine

The Scuppernong Grapevine

When the afternoon sun hits the grapevine it is like a giant light has been turned on inside the vines. So bright that it almost hurts your eyes to look at!

The Tulip Tree

The Tulip Tree

And Ms. Jeannie’s most favorite…

The Magnolia Tree

The Magnolia Tree

The Magnolia tree is really the grand spectacle of fall foliage in the South. All these leaves come from the same tree and were picked on the same day, so as you can see it is a colorful character in Fall.  Ms. Jeannie thinks it is  Mother Nature’s equivalent to the argyle sweater, with all of its blocks of repeating solids!   The color range is spectacular. In the picture – the center leaf is a metallic silver, but can also count copper, lime, canary yellow, russet, pumpkin, neon green, chocolate brown, amber , hazel, emerald and cinnamon among its many shades.  Fascinating that all that could be on tree at the same time. Add some pretty smelling, dinner plate size magnolia flowers to the mix and the tree is absolutely perfect!

Many Southerners use the leaves as garlands for their front porches and mantle pieces. Holiday time in the South really is a beautiful experience.

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Magnolia garland for the stairway. Photo via pinterest.

Magnolia garland for the mantle. Photo via pinterest.

Magnolia garland for the mantle. Photo via pinterest.

Magnolia garland for the front door. Photo courtesy of RSHcatalog.com

Magnolia garland for the front door. Photo courtesy of RSHcatalog.com

An unexpected surprise occurred when Ms. Jeannie took a first time road trip to the North Georgia mountains, in early November, several years ago.  About an hour away, near Blue Ridge, Georgia, the trees offer up a completely different view of the season…

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The North Georgia mountains in Autumn. Photo via pinterest

There, the foliage rivals the best of any Vermont town. Red, green, orange, yellow, brown – one tree after another just gets prettier and prettier. And because it is up in the mountains – the air is crispy, the roads windy and the fruit stands plentiful.  Whenever Mr. Jeannie and Ms. Jeannie get a little nostalgic for their New England Autumns of past, they make a trek up to the mountains. Close your eyes for a second and then open  – and tah-dah you could very seemingly be in Vermont!  To give you an idea of the dazzling array of color – here are a few pictures courtesy of pinterest – that were taken in the North Georgia mountains…

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Photo via pinterest

Photo via pinterest.

Photo via pinterest.

Photo via pinterest.

Photo via pinterest.

Photo via pinterest.

Photo via pinterest.

Ms. Jeannie is making a trip up to the mountains in the next couple of weeks, so that she can go apple picking. It’s officially time for apple pie season!  So stayed tuned for more fall foliage pictures to come!

In the meantime, are leaves changing in your neck of the woods yet? If so, what color palette is Mother Nature painting with in your yard?

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