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Spoiler Alert

A colorful ending, LA County Arboretum (12/18/18) Frank McDonough

LA is the last place to give away an ending. As residents of the world capital of movie making, Angelenos will tell you to go see it, but will never say how it turns out.

That’s why we were a little surprised when Frank McDonough of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia sent these scenes from the closing moments of autumn at The Arboretum.

As colorful endings go, the finale at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens is as memorable as any we’ve seen, but please don’t say we gave away the ending. 

  • LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia – Peak to Past Peak, You Almost Missed It.
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Four Shopping Days Left

California Wild Grape, Vitis californica, LA County Arboretum (12/14/18) Frank McDonough

If you plan to shop for fall color, there are just four shopping days left, until the winter solstice.

One of the few places to find that last-minute gift of fall color is Los Angeles County, where a few trees are still carrying autumn leaves.

LA County Arboretum color spotter Frank McDonough sends these gifts of the season, complete with a bad pun. 

In fairness, Frank asked the question and we put a bow onto it by providing an answer. Happy holidays. 

Gingko biloba and bamboo, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/14/18) Frank McDonough
  •   LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Arcadia – Peak to Past Peak, You Almost Missed it.
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SoCal’s Awesome Autumn

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden (12/11/18) Frank McDonough

Southern California color spotter Alysia Gray Painter of NBC knows her fall color.

Each year, she’s been one of the first color spotters in Southern California to alert us to color appearing in her region, and today headlined a post on NBCLosAngeles.com about SoCal’s late-peaking fall color, “Wow, Now.” 

To read it, CLICK HERE.

She wrote, “How cool, and SoCal is it, that fall lingers a little at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, even as its famous roses pop in time for the Tournament of Roses?”

Hella cool, we reply from NorCal. There’s nothing more SoCal than that, dudes. So, Go Now! 

LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/11/18) Frank McDonough
  • Los Angeles – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Burbank – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Arcadia – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Woodland Hills – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Long Beach (Atlantic Blvd, Bixby Knolls) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
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Gingkos Come Alive

Gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia (12/8/18) Frank McDonough

It’s almost as if Gingko trees know the lyrics to “Come Alive.” As, they’ve become The Greatest Showman, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Arcadia.

Come alive, come alive
Go and light your light
Let it burn so bright
Reaching up
To the sky
And it’s open wide
You’re electrified

– Come Alive, Joseph Trapanese and John Debney

Frank McDonough sends this holiday postcard of late autumn color from “The Arboretum,” remarking that “The color is still at it.” Indeed it is. 

  • LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia (12/8/18) Frank McDonough
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November ends, not the color

LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia (11/28/18) Frank McDonough

Today is the last day of November, but there’s still another 20 days of autumn ahead.

Frank McDonough of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden demonstrates what’s ahead in today’s post.

California’s arboreta and botanic gardens are in their own, presently, with holiday displays blending with final bursts of fall color. To find an arboretum near you, CLICK HERE

  • Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
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LAte Start

Moonlight Forest Display, LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Arcadia (11/27/18) Frank McDonough

The LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden seems to be having a LAte start this autumn, though December is always when LA shows its best.

A colorful addition this autumn/winter season is Moonlight Forest, a display of magical lanterns that will glow at The Arboretum, Wed. – Sun. nights until Jan. 6.

Most of the color to be seen at The Arboretum is happening at night, right now. Though color spotter Frank McDonough sends this portfolio of what fall color is now appearing in the garden. 

  • LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden – Patchy to Near Peak (10-75%) GO NOW!
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The Tail End

Willows, Alabama Hills, Eastern Sierra (1/1/18) Bruce Wendler

Fall color is still being glimpsed around California as the tail end of autumn’s show lingers.

Bruce Wendler found willows glowing yellow-orange at the intersection of Movie Road and Whitney Portal Road and commented that “Some of the Primrose Brush and Reeds turn a little red in the winter, so don’t give up on color in January.”

Willows, Turtle Pond, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

Tabeuia impetiginosa, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

Anita Baldwin Statue, Gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

Willows are also providing bright color in Arcadia at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. A broad variety of willows grow throughout California, providing the state’s longest display of fall color.

The show has been so long-lasting that willows, gingko biloba and wax trees (Toxicodendron succadeneum – a variety of poison sumac – look but don’t touch) are still holding color while, nearby, pink trumpet trees (Tabueia impetiginosa) are heavy with winter blooms.

If you are dead set on finding fall color in winter, the best opportunities to see it are in locations at the lowest elevations (deserts, islands) and where exotic varieties can be found (arboretums). Otherwise, the show is now mostly past peak.

 

 

 

LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

Toxicodendron succedaneum, San Gabriel Mountains, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baldwin Lake, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

Gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aloes and Nuxia tree, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

Gingko biloba, Herb garden, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aloe Trail, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incandescent dusk, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (1/4/18) Frank McDonough

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Happy New Year!

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

Gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

Frank McDonough’s photograph of tiles at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden reminds us of the festive color to explode on New Year Eve and makes us look forward to 2018 and the end of 2017.

This past year was filled with tragedy for many. Wildfires, hurricanes, floods and heartache delivered by the worst side of humanity made it so.

Even on the fall color front, the show was disappointing, but not so the photographs taken by those tracking fall color across California.

Frank’s images of everlasting gingko biloba at the LA County Arboretum provide hope for a new year of everlasting color, joy and good things.

Happy New Year.

LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden – Peak to Past Peak – You Almost Missed It.

Gingko, LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

Bamboo, LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gingko, LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gingko, LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gingko, LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

LA County Arboretum (12/26/17) Frank McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the north near Durham, Ferruginous hawks are in search of squirrels out gathering nuts among the orchards and the last spots of fall color (berries still clinging to Dogwood branches) are seen in these images captured by Robert Kermen.

Ferruginous Hawk, Durham (12/29/17) Robert Kermen

Gray Squirrel, Durham (12/29/17) Robert Kermen

Dogwood, Durham (12/29/17) Robert Kermen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Valley – Past Peak – You Missed It.

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland (12/29/17) Darrell Sano

Oakland color spotter Darrell Sano, who holds the distinction of being the first and last to post on this site in 2017, sent these closing shots of peak color seen in at Mountain View Cemetery in the Oakland Hills.

Darrell writes that, “The balmy weather we’ve been experiencing around the bay area led to many people enjoying the afternoon scenery–walking, jogging, groups of people having conversations, dogs happily being walked, and of course families paying respects to loved ones. It’s an extremely serene and introspective place. Walking the hills always makes me think about time, and the passage of it. No better appropriate place to be in the last weekend of the year. And the colors persist into 2018!”

Oakland – Peak to Past Peak – You Almost Missed It.

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland (12/29/17) Darrell Sano

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland (12/29/17) Darrell Sano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland (12/29/17) Darrell Sano

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland (12/29/17) Darrell Sano

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland (12/29/17) Darrell Sano

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland (12/29/17) Darrell Sano

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Holiday Herbage

Aloes and Sticks on Fire, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Southern California color spotter Frank McDonough sends this postcard of colorful holiday herbage from the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Arcadia where fall color (now winter color, I suppose) is lighting up the season.

Though succulents are not fall color, their forms make for fascinating photographs.

LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Arcadia – Peak to Past Peak – You Almost Missed It.

Wild California grape, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Nandina and Crepe myrtle, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Aloe, S. African Section, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Chinese pistache, Bauer Lawn, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Crepe myrtle’s last color, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Nuxia tree, Bauer Lawn, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Bauer Lawn,  LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

California sycamore, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Old soul aloe, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Collumner euphorbia, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Aeonium, Canary Island Section, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

Orchids, Tropical greenhouse walk, LA County Arboretum, Arcadia (12/23/17) Frank McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Awesome Aloe

Tree and multi-stem Aloes, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough

Aloe is known to many as the miracle lotion found in hand and body creams to soften and repair skin, but to horticulturists, its a genus of flowering succulent that blossoms at the end of autumn.

There are 500 species of aloe. True aloe (Aloe vera) is the most well-known of them, though there’s also: French, bitter, flat-flowered, tilt-headed, soap and Zimbabwe among the many types of tree and brushy aloes. The name of the last of these gives you an idea from where they originated… from Africa to Greece along the Mediterranean Sea.

Reporting from the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Frank McDonough says the aloe there are primed to peak during Christmas week, though they’re already colorful (the Arboretum will be closed on Christmas Day).

Aloe blooms are yellow, orange, pink and red with their large reservoir-like leaves storing water captured in winter for drier summer months.

Gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum (12/16/17) Diana McDonough

Gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum (12/16/17) Diana McDonough

Gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum (12/16/17) Diana McDonough

Gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum (12/16/17) Diana McDonough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Anne Cottage, LA County Arboretum (12/16/17) Diana McDonough

Elsewhere at the LA County Arboretum, colored lights provided holiday cheer with trees changing color this past Saturday evening. Such special events for nighttime photography are noted on the arboretum’s calendar. Several gardens hold similar events during the holidays, including Descanso Gardens.

A curtain of gingko leaves, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough

Gingko biloba persist in their long-lasting fall display at the LA County Arboretum with curtains of their bright yellow leaves heavily draped from branches. Elsewhere, liquidambar and pomegranates are still carrying color right to the last day of autumn (Dec. 20).

LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens – Peak to Past Peak – You Almost Missed It.

Snowball viburnum, backgrounded by showy gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough

Pomegranate at entrance, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough

Chinese pistache, Bauer Lawn, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough

Gingko biloba, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough

Gingkos and steles, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough

Liquidambar attracting attention, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough

Gingko and Liquidambar, Crescent Garden, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough

A curtain of gingko leaves, LA County Arboretum (12/19/17) Frank McDonough