Thanksgiving beauty

Happy Thanksgiving from a dark and stormy looking Vancouver, Washington. I know people think I am weird (I am) when I say that I like the weather to be dreary on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I just love the cozy atmosphere it provides when you are inside cooking and puttering about. Plus sunny days make me feel guilty that I should be outside doing something in the garden.

As I made my way through the garden with the compost pot this morning, I noticed that there is still some color and beauty on this late day in November.

The Japanese maple above is next to the back deck. It was an unnamed variety and it is very late to change color. It just started changing during the last week.

The Persian Parrotia (Ironwood) wins the award for holding on to the majority of its leaves. Very few have fallen and it has been brightly colored for about a month now.

Ironwood (Persian Parrotia)

The Katsura is also pretty but it has already faded quite a bit. I have never noticed the autumn scent from the leaves (said to smell like cotton candy). I've even walked right to the leaves and taken a whiff and I get nothing.

Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)

Katsura and Solidago 'Fireworks'

The Beautyberry is still going strong -

Beautyberry (Callicarpa 'Profusion')

Asian Jasmine (Trachelospermum 'Ogon Nishiki')

Buckthorn (Rhamnus 'Fine Line')


Hebe 'Sunset Boulevard'

Miscanthus 'Gold Bar'
Rose 'Marie Pavie'

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Your holiday preference for dark weather is right in keeping with my own thinking. Of course, I'm a bit of a Scrooge as well, so it works for my dark mood at this time of year too.

  2. You still have beautiful color and even flowers! Wow. It has been unseasonally cold here so we have very few leaves on any plant and no flowers for sure. I like those cozy days too when I am inside cooking and celebrating. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Michael.

  3. I'm in agreement with you. Perfect time for garden books, lists, and garden shows/films on the telly.

  4. I've had Buckthorn 'Fine Line' on my wish list for a while now. Yours looks wonderful in it's changing colors. It reminds me of curly fries :-D
    The most intriguing and cool picture is of the Papyrus: does it fully die back and regrow next season?

    1. Last year I put the papyrus in the garage and wintered it over. This year, I am leaving it outside and see what happens.


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