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Early Flowers

Crocus Cyclamen coum Hellebore 'Merlin' Snowdrop Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

More Fall Color

A week of light rain and a sunny day today. The fall color is beginning to catch up.

My favorite tree at the moment - Stewartia psuedocamellia

Pomegranate (Punica granatum 'Crimson Sky') - no fruits this year (only a few last year) but such a pretty tree regardless.

Redbud 'Flamethrower' (Cercis canadensis)

Serviceberry 'Autumn Brilliance' (Amelanchier x grandiflora) and
Birch 'Trost's Dwarf'

Amsonia hubrichtii

Peony 'Boreas', Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' underneath the Serviceberry

Barberry 'Orange Rocket'

Cistus 'Mickie'

Smokebush 'Golden Spirit' (Cotinus coggygria)

Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Little Honey' (Hydrangea quercifolia)


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. That first photo is a stunner, Phillip! I noticed one tree in a neighbor's garden across the street has developed some color but I can't imagine ever getting much of a display in my own garden.

  2. It's finally starting to feel like autumn, isn't it? I was a little worried we wouldn't get much of anything this year. What is that ghostly white shrub in the last photo, please? It doesn't look like the ghost bramble, which - other than birch - is the only white winter presence I know of... It's a great break from all the darker barks that will emerge as the leaves drop.

    1. Anna, those are just painted twigs in an urn (if you are referring to the white branches on the far right).


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