Despite the often heavy rains, it has been a truly magnificent autumn here in the Berkshires. It began earlier with cool summer nights which saw the brilliant color coming by the end of September. The hills became russet and deep gold. The fierce winds this weekend took care of most of all the remaining leaves. Sunday, we were without power almost a whole day.
In Hyde Park, at Eleanor Roosevelt’s beloved Val Kill, the view across the serene pond has probably not changed in over 80 years.
‘Bellefield’, a Beatrix Farrand designed garden, sits on the Roosevelt property adjacent to the Roosevelt Presidential Library. Zinnias and dahlias were still robustly in bloom when we visited.
The tints and tones of autumn shimmer in this lovely garden.
Some gardens just get better as the season advances because they are so masterfully designed to do so. Mine seems to retire with a thud!
The butterscotch color of fading hosta foliage turns this water rill into an arresting sight.
Contrasts of texture and form create great interest along this walkway. Notice the rough and smooth within the path itself.
Friday, the Library had the last word in a scarlet profusion!