Our hydrangeas showing off their fall appearance
Week one of Fall brought cool nights and tiny bits of fall color popping up here and there. The tulip poplars — which did not have a great fall last year — seem to be the first to start changing again, and they’re a little more golden than brown this year. Those trees have provided some of our brightest colors in early fall since we’ve been at the Inn, so we’re crossing our fingers and hoping they deliver some nice fall foliage this year.
Our butternut trees (also known as “white walnut”) along the Inn’s driveway are also some of our earliest changers and we notice them lightening up and turning more yellow as September comes to a close, about a week ahead of last year’s schedule.
Week twohas begun with a few of our sourwood trees showing off their brilliant red fall foliage:
Also, the tulip poplars keep changing, and other trees, such as birch and maples, have just a hint of leaf color variation. For the most part, though, trees are still lush and green at our elevation, 2,300 feet above sea level. Here’s part of Bernard Ridge at the Inn:
We have no idea what to expect in 2010 in terms of how quickly the leaves will change and how brilliant the fall foliage in the North Carolina mountains will be because the weather has been so unique this year, but with hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest surrounding us and the Black Mountain/Asheville area at varying elevations, we remain optimistic for a good color show.