November is not my favorite month in the garden, particularly when there are still plenty of mundane cleanup chores to do before the holidays arrive. Normally by this time, the color and beauty of fall has been reduced to more detritus to be raked and bagged. But as I slowly walked around the yard this afternoon, trying to get some fresh air after being cooped up in the house, I took a decidedly exploratory look around the landscape.
There are still a few vestiges of fall color.
The three sweetgum lining the driveway still hold half their leaves -- brilliant orange, reds and yellows contrasting against the cloudless blue sky.
Prunus calleryana saplings -- once camouflaged among perennial foliage -- stand out with a glossy red above the browning borders.A newly-planted Fothergilla 'Mt. Airy' simply glows underneath our front bedroom window.