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Foliage watch

Ski slopes in fall

Ski slopes in fall

Leaf tourists had better get moving. My unscientific observations, based on a weekend trip south of Buffalo, indicate that peak—at least around here—seems days, rather than weeks away. We were surrounded by red and gold during the drive down and back from Ellicottville, New York, which is ski central during the winter and foliage central during the fall. Except that fall just started a few days ago.

In the Eville woods

In the Eville woods

In Buffalo itself, trees are also turning rather quickly. This could be the result of a premature chill we had last week (sans frost), and I am sure that away from Lake Erie it was even colder. I don’t really know about the timing of the big leaf peeping regions in New England, but want to think that they are similarly accelerated. However, Yankee magazine has a playable foliage map that Huffington Post calls “ridiculously cool.” Check it out. (According to my interpretation of it, looks like there will be plenty to see in CT and MA through mid-October.)

The only place I’m not seeing the beautiful warm tones of chlorophyll breaking down is, of course, around my house, where the Norway maples rustle their dull, dark masses overhead. Those leaves will be descending upon us around Thanksgiving time. Damn them.

Posted by on September 29, 2014 at 8:24 am, in the category Real Gardens.
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3 responses to “Foliage watch”

  1. Tibs says:

    East central Ohio is beginning to show color quickly. Friday road trip the trees had a touch of yellow. Went the same route Satueday and couldn’t believe how much more color there was.

  2. Laura Bell says:

    It’s odd – here in Sacramento I’ve noticed many trees changing colors in the last few weeks. Normally Fall doesn’t arrive here until late October. There have even been years when I still had leaves on the trees come New Year’s Day. We’ve certainly had no chills (unless you count temps in the high 50s as “chills”, and sadly, some Californians do). Instead, except for the last few days, we’ve been unseasonably warm. However … would the continuing drought cause trees to change early? Some trees, yes, are turning brown or losing leaves due to lack of water. But I’m seeing maples and sweet gums in the beginning stages of Fall splendor.

  3. Susan says:

    The Finger Lakes region is getting colorful now. I drove down to Naples yesterday, in the Bristol Valley Ski area, and I judge that in about another week, it should be peak color like we haven’t seen here in many years. The maples are stunning this year – most of them are scarlet or blaze orange. It’s a good time of the year to have a birthday, and I love it when peak color and my birthday coincide. Looks like I’ll get lucky this year!