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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Garden Blogger Fall Color Project

With fall fast approaching and some areas of the world already beginning to see the shades of autumn leaves appearing I thought it might be a fun idea to track where the peak colors are changing. I hope you'll jump in and participate in this project!

Here's the idea:
1) Take pictures of the peak fall colors near you and post about them on your blog. Be sure to tell us some details of where the pictures were taken and what kind of trees are pictured. It doesn't have to be in your yard, just somewhere near you.
2) Then report back to this post and let me know that you've posted your peak post. I'll link to your post so that everyone may enjoy your fall color display.
3) Be sure to identify your City, State (or province) and Country in your post and in the link.
4) Also please be sure to link back to this post to encourage others to participate!

In theory we should be able to follow the transition of peak times from far in the north to as far south as the leaves change color. Sorry to those folks in the deep south or in the tropics this is more of a cooler climate event.

I'll post the most recent 5 blog posts in my sidebar with a link to a summary post that will include some of the details of each fall color location. All bloggers are welcome to participate, it's not just for garden bloggers! So quickly go out there and take some fall color pictures in their prime before the trees get naked!


  1. Fabulous tree photo! It sounds like a good ides!

  2. Sure would be great to see all the beautiful colors from different parts of the world. We do have a few trees that change but it is so far into the winter. Some parts are pretty but for the most part all is evergreen. Even the oak in my back yard doesn't loose it's leaves {if you can call them that} until almost Feb.
    Super great idea.

  3. Great idea, Dave. I wish the photos I take were as good as yours.

  4. I'm all for it Dave, though you know I won't have the peak photos for you until closer to end of October. I'll make myself a reminder note..

  5. Sounds like a great idea, Dave. It will be a couple of weeks at least before things are at their peak here, although the change does seem earlier than usual this year.

  6. In the 8 years I have lived near Augusta, GA. we have only had one really nice colorful fall. We have been in drought conditions for about 6 of those 8 years and I think that may play a part with little color.

    But there is always one or two trees which stand out though. I will be looking for them...

  7. Love this idea! And I can't wait for some fall color.

  8. This reminds me of the fall colors of the trees in Sept-Nov in Canada. Do anyone remember the fall smell?

  9. Count me in! I can't wait. Your photos are beautiful.

  10. Thanks everyone for your interest! Please feel free to copy the logo on my sidebar for use on your site to encourage others to jump and show their peak colors!

  11. Tina,

    With Blogger you can add a picture element to your sidebar. Then when it asks for the location of the picture cut and paste the location from the picture here. It shoudl also have a spot to link it up to. Copy the post location: http://thehomegarden.blogspot.com/2008/09/garden-blogger-fall-color-project.html and paste it in the right spot and save. Blogger makes it easy. You could also use html code to make a link and replace the text with the picture location.

  12. Dave, I found your post through a link on Tina's and Dawn's blog--this is a great idea! I live in central Illinois, and the leaves are just beginning to show a hint of color, so it will be a couple of weeks before I can participate. It will be interesting to see the fall show change in different parts of the country.

  13. Not sure if I am supposed to leave a comment here or not, but I think so. Here is the first link to fall foliage (in Maine). http://tinaramsey.blogspot.com/2008/10/leaf-peeping-maine-fall-foliage.html

  14. Hi Dave!! Here is my Autumn vacation pics. Thanks for hosting the event.

  15. Hi (again) Dave,

    Here's the link to my fall color post: http://thewritegardener.blogspot.com/2008/10/overhaul.html

    All the pictures were took within one mile of my house. I live and garden in Zone 5, western Pennsylvania.

  16. Hi Dave! I've finally posted my Fall Color Project. These photos were taken on the way to my parents for Thanksgiving dinner -- a half hour drive from here. I do believe things were truly at their peak, and I hope you (and others) will enjoy! I've enjoyed the other two entries and I'm going to explore them again.


  17. Hi Dave, Skeeter set me to your blog after I posted about my trip to Algonquin Park last week to take photo's of the fall colours. The park is located in Northern Ontario, Canada and I was there just after the peak season. Here is the link:


  18. This is a lovely idea! Trees here in Ireland are just now beginning to turn. So maybe on a nice day, when it isn't raining, I'll cycle around with my camera and see what's colorful.

  19. What a wonderful idea, Dave! My post is up at Gardening Gone Wild: http://www.gardeninggonewild.com/?p=2109

  20. Hi Dave, here's my post at Buddy Garden: http://buddygarden.com/blog/2008/10/20/the-garden-blogger-fall-color-project-new-york/
    The colors aren't at its peak yet, so I'll be taking more pictures this weekend!

  21. Dave, I'm not very good at following directions. Here's my post - not a landscape shot, but color nonetheless. It's in Howard County, Maryland (North of DC and South and West of Baltimore).

    Fall Color

  22. I'm new to your blog, but I wanted to say that this is a GREAT idea! I liven in the deep south where leaves just turn brown and fall ... grrr! But I am enjoying the beautiful fall colors through your blog and the others who are participating.

  23. Colors peaked here in Ithaca, N.Y. last week. Here are some pictures from the last week, in my home garden and on the Cornell campus.


  24. Here's some leaf peeping on Garden Rant: http://www.gardenrant.com/my_weblog/2008/10/leaf-peepers-un.html

    (Dave, your comment got eaten somehow!)

  25. In this article on our Otterstedt-community-blog I posted an "indian summer" image of the Otterstedt main street (Near Bremen/Northern Germany). I took the photo just before I posted the article on october 11th.

  26. Um, do I get a sidebar link?

  27. Here's some leaf color from the central part of West Virginia. Our fall has been quite unimpressive so I'm enjoying looking at everyone else's photos!


  28. Hi Dave, I posted my autumn colors today. Here is the link:

  29. Thanks for doing this Dave, it's a great idea! Autumn color has reached its peak in Chicagoland, and I've posted about it here: http://tinyurl.com/6925rs.

  30. Hi Dave, I've published two posts about our fall color this past week. I have one more to create with our bushes in the next day or so. When I do, I'll make sure I'll add a link to your site. This is a good project!
    I'm zone 4 - 5a, in SE Iowa.

  31. Here's my post! SE Iowa, zone 4-5a

  32. Hi Dave, I've posted about fall color, too. Thanks for hosting this.


  33. I posted my Tennessee fall color "Under the Sea" here. http://tinaramsey.blogspot.com/2008/10/under-seadaves-gb-fall-color-project.html

  34. Hiya Dave,

    Great idea!
    Who needs flowers when you can have such gorgeously coloured leaves!

    My offering from the UK is Nature needs no paintbrush

    Thanks for starting this.

  35. Hey Dave--My fledgling blog Clatter Valley has a post on fall color. It's at http://clattervalleygardens.blogspot.com

  36. I thought I would get another week before our colors peaked, but the weather didn't cooperate, so I'm posting the best that I've got. I'm at http://jellyfishbay.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/saturday-road-trip/

  37. Hi Dave -
    Blogger is really working me over this morning as I try to leave this comment.
    I hope this time it works.
    My post is here


  38. Dave: Tina sent me over and I have linked my Oct. 28th post to this one. The fall colors are now receding but there is still a bit here and there.My website is: http://ledgeandgardens.typepad.com/
    Your website will only let me comment as Ginger. Thanks, Layanee

  39. Skeeter has posted fall color in Georgia at: http://tinaramsey.blogspot.com/2008/11/skyline-drive-in-shenandoah-park.html

    P.S. Are you keeping track of how many folks I have sent over?:)

  40. Hi Dave, I saw your project over at Nancy Bond's and would like to add my fall color post to your project. Great idea! Thanks for hosting it. My post is here: http://colorsofthegarden.blogspot.com/2008/10/autumn-in-new-york.html
    I'll add a link back to this post.

  41. Hey, Dave, this is a fun idea and it's good to see so much participation.

    At first I didn't think I'd have anything to share but since making my visit to your beloved Tennessee to see my sister... I have created a post of the photos I took while I was there. It is beautiful country in Williamson County.

    Have a great day!

  42. Wonderful idea. It will be a while before I can participate. I'll try to remember.

  43. I just posted some fall pictures from North Georgia on my blog. this is a great idea. Thanks for hosting it!
    Strolling Through Georgia

  44. Hi,

    Great idea. Colors peaked here in NJ last week. Here are a few pictures:

    HICKORY: http://heirloomgardener.blogspot.com/2008/11/autumn-beauty-yellow-leaves-of-hickory.html



    -Heirloom Gardener


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