This is a strange Autumn in NC. Look at these pictures and you’ll see for yourself. They were all taken this weekend in my backyard. Usually, Trees all start to change at the same time due to the time of year and certain weather conditions. Unfortunately, we had rain at the wrong time.
When this happens, chlorophyll which is green gets stuck in the leaf. The green is dominate and hides the other pretty colors. This causes leaves to turn brown at first frost and fall right off the tree before ever turning. What isn’t explained this year is how one tree right beside another will be so far along changing color. Those trees that are changing really popped this week when we had temps that dipped in to the 30s.
Dave over at The Home Garden is hosting a garden bloggers Fall Project. I didn’t think we were gong to have much color so I did a post about the Shenandoah Valley Atutumn trip that I took last year and a few of our poor skimpy color here in NC for this year. But this weekend’s burst of color has me reposting to say–Autumn arrived this weekend with the first frost. Now we have color!