Dorothy aside, it's fall around here and on my way back from town this morning, I decided to stop and capture a few shots of some of the fall color I'm seeing around the area....
This grove of large cottonwood trees near the river is sporting several vines that are trumpeting fall right now.
As far as cottonwoods, I have a couple large ones down in the draw. I'd love to have more up in the "yard" area, but they have to be native Eastern Cottonwoods. The horticultural "seedless" varieties are some weird mix of Populus genetics that don't do well around here, succumbing to cottonwood beetles just as they get up to true tree size.
Poison ivy? I'd love NOT to have that species, but it's pretty hard to live anywhere in Kansas and not have poison ivy cropping up! The more land you have, the more poison ivy you'll have. At least we've decreased the amount of it we harbor - there are no more 30' patches!
We have raccoon grape, too. It's a very aggressive vine, so I don't encourage it, but we do have it, and the birds love its tangles and berries.
Finally there's Virginia creeper. I love Virginia creeper and I've had a few small plants show up in the flower beds. I've left one or two, training them as groundcover. If I had a privacy fence, I'd bury it in Virginia creeper. However, I don't have any fences except the chain link one around the lagoon and, since I don't want it growing on either the house or garage, I'm taking each newly found baby plant on a case by case basis as to whether it stays or goes. Each of us lives dangerously in their own style, I guess!
Here's to fall - colorful, even in Kansas!