For many of you the leaves on my header are unfamiliar. Oakleaf hydrangeas are native to Alabama and one of my favorites during the spring and summer. An added benefit is that when the blooms die and dry , they take on this crisp brown color. Many southerners dry the blooms all summer to use in their homes during fall and winter. Their rich red leaves are the added bonus right before they bid us a farewell. Today's offering is a before and after of sorts. I thought you might like to see some of the gorgeous greenish/white blooms of summer and the new look they have taken on recently. These were both photographed in the wonderful Southern Living garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
The Tune du Jour is a very jazzy version of "Autumn Leaves"
by John Coltrane
(I am unable to play my very favorite version by Andrea Bocelli. If you run over to North Metro Minneapolis DP, you can find it on Dusty Lens' October 13th post.)
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