Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox: Welcome to Fall’s Colorful Splendor …

A Fiery Sugar Maple Welcomes Autumn on My Country Road (Acer saccharum)

At last, Autumn has arrived, and she’s just beginning to unpack her suitcase of fall finery. Already, her musky perfume fills the air; swirling in a fine, foggy mist throughout the valley. There are so many things to look forward to at this time of year: apple picking at the orchard, hot mulled cider, sangria and spicy cocktails by the bonfire, and starlit evenings spent with friends …

Heirloom Apples from Scott Farm (click here to read more about this beautiful, Vermont orchard and click here for a springtime orchard blossom photo essay)

Spiced Apple Cider Martini (click here for the recipe and others in last year’s Autumn Equinox post)

One of My Favorite Autumn Activities: Nights by Dan Snow’s Fire Sculpture (click here for more photos and information on this Vermont artist’s work)

The Return of Velvety Evenings and Luminous, Twilight Parties (click here for a post filled with brilliant garden lighting ideas)

Of course, here in Vermont, the best part of autumn is hiking through the vibrant fall forests, and strolling through colorful late-season gardens. I just can’t get enough of the brilliant beauty of this wonderful time of the year…

Welcome Autumn!

Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Shasta’ with Miscanthus sinensis purpurascens and Viburnum trilobum ‘JN Select, Redwing’

Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ Backed Up by the Bright Red Fruit of Cornus kousa 

The Bright Red Leaves of ‘Shasta’, Doublefile Viburnum (V. plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Shasta’) Get a Tart, Lemon-Lime Jolt Beside this Hosta, ‘Sum and Substance’

The Chartreuse Glow of Amsonia illustris is so Pretty on this First, Foggy Fall Morning (Here with Miscanthus sinensis purpurascens)

I Love the Play of Opposite Colors as Autumn Leaves Shift from Green to Orange and Red. I think the Leaves of this Doublefile Viburnum Look Just Like Confetti … Perfect Garden Party-Wear for Celebrating Fall!

Autumn’s Vibrant Colors in a Glass: Sweet September Sangria …

Candlelight and September Sangria (click here for recipe)

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2 Replies to “Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox: Welcome to Fall’s Colorful Splendor …”

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    What contrast in the gloaming.
    Candles’ light on stone reflect Rudbeckia’s golden glow.
    Black-Eyed-Susan torches, warming ancient stone.
    Glowing fire
    Doth us protect
    ‘Gainst Fall’s sly nip.

    It IS all about light in Autumn, isn’t it? Everything seems to mysteriously glow from within, even on the darkest of days, when viewed against a rain-dampened background of ancient bark. Ah,hh, isn’t it just SO Charlotte Bronte? Happy Equinox! xo Deb

    P.S. On “Candlelight and September Sangria” Very cool candles… were they built “upside-down”? ; )

  2. Michaela

    Hi Deb – Thank you for the lyrical response to the photo essay! Yes, it is all about the light. Very, very Wuthering Heights!
    The candles (a gift from my folks) were once literally pear shaped (complete with leaf detailing) but after a few evenings, they became narrow topped saucers.
    Happy Equinox to you as well! xo M

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