November 19, 2014

Autumn foliage in Toronto: memories before the snow comes

2014 fall colours from Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the Toronto Botanical Garden and my backyard!


This week's snowfall and lower than average temperatures (below freezing) unofficially started winter, for me anyway.  So before we plunge into the throes of another Toronto winter, here are some pictures from sunnier and warmer times (about 30 days ago or so!)


Mount Pleasant Cemetery Remembrance Walk fall foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Mount Pleasant Cemetery's 
 Remembrance Walk fall foliage

Mount Pleasant Cemetery is such a wonderful place to take a walk, bike ride, jog and, for an Arboriculture student like myself ten years ago, collect leaves for a Plant I.D. project. I took a few pictures on a quiet fall morning with a brilliant blue sky above me.

On another day, I enjoyed some late autumn brilliance at the Toronto Botanical Garden surrounded by the Japanese and Paperbark maples that seemed to glow.

Lastly, I preserved one memory from my own backyard for you.

Fall colours are so fleeting, dashed by November's wind and sleet.


Mount Pleasant Cemetery Sugar maple autumn foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Mount Pleasant Cemetery 
Sugar maple autumn foliage

Paperbark maple Acer griseum fall foliage Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paperbark maple (Acer griseum) fall foliage 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea autumn foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea
autumn foliage at a client's yard
Sugar maple Acer saccharum autumn foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Sugar maple (Acer saccharum
autumn foliage at a client's yard



Sugar maple Mount Pleasant Cemetery autumn foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn foliage of a young Sugar Maple at 
Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery 



Viburnum carlesii Diana Koreanspice viburnum fall foliage Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Viburnum carlesii "Diana" 
( "Diana" Koreanspice viburnum) 
 fall foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden




Mount Pleasant Cemetery Forest of Remembrance autumn foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Mount Pleasant Cemetery's 
 Forest of Remembrance autumn foliage 



Mount Pleasant Cemetery Forest of Remembrance fall foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Mount Pleasant Cemetery's  
Forest of Remembrance fall foliage


Acer griseum Paperbark maple fall foliage Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer griseum (Paperbark maple)
 fall foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden 

Common witch hazel Hamamelis virginiana autumn foliage Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Common witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana
autumn foliage at Mount Pleasant Cemetery


Autumn foliage Paul Jung backyard by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn foliage in my backyard

It's a bit of a jumble but if you start at the right side and move left, here are the shrubs:

a) dark purple leaves: "Popcorn" doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'Popcorn')

b) yellow: a Katsuratree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) I grew from seed

c) light green: "Blue Muffin" arrowwood viburnum ( (Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin')

d) dark green: another "Popcorn" doublefile viburnum that hasn't changed colour yet

e) orange/pink: "Seiryu" Japanese maple (Acer palmatum "Seiryu")

I have a few Japanese Forest Grass at the bottom of the bed.

Autumn is my favourite time in the backyard. The trees and shrubs provide the fireworks, brief as they are.


(Please disregard the landscaping fabric on the left path leading to the back. It will be covered with flagstone next year, budget-willing!)




Bottlebrush buckeye Aesculus parviflora autumn foliage Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora
autumn foliage at Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Bottlebrush buckeye Aesculus parviflora fall foliage Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora
fall foliage at Mount Pleasant Cemetery