Gallery of Autumn Leaves
November (& later) portraits of
Though deciduous in colder areas,
on Puget Sound, Bunchberry is semi-evergreen.
It gets awfully beaten-up before winter's end,
& one has to be careful not to let it get suffocated by
autumn leavesfrom trees above.
This little patch has been well-mulched with leaves
from a Japanese Maple & the Choke Cherry.
In our mild climate, bunchberry can even bloom
as late as December. The white blossom in this
November portrait lasted
clear through (by gum!) to March!
The sepal-petals darkened to bright pink,
then toward the end of February it began to wear out.
Blooms outside of Autumn/Winter don't last so long
& don't turn red, & I would the cool
guess it's a combination of weather & the
flower waiting in vain for a pollinator that never arrives.
Here's that very same bloom in March, when
the previous year's leaves are still bright with color
& the deep pink of the bloom is at long last
becoming tatty & faded.
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