The Underdogs of Foliage

All the old Vermont post cards depicting fall foliage had on the back the phrase, “ablaze with color!”

Ever since I had a tiny bush at my then-house go ablaze 20 years ago, I’ve looked for the underdogs during foliage season.

Look at this runty little feller, admired by none.

Virginia Creeper, I presume.

Truly sad. But it’s happy you’re looking at it!

This is some kind of weed. But ablaze.

I love this thing. No idea what it is. Wait –there’s an app for that (“Seek”)!

It’s a Smokebush. I highly recommend. Obviously can stand nasty winters and summer drought. Doesn’t grow too quickly.

It drops mini tumbleweeds. And it’s turning…maroon.

Surprised you made it this far.

Every dog has its day? Not always, IMHO, but today they did.

THANK YOU from the underdogs of foliage.

About uppervalleygirl

Columnist, bloggist, short storyist, essayist, novel-in-progressist.

Posted on October 18, 2022, in humor, nature, personal, photos, rural, Vermont and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Love the underdogs! It’s the only time of year I can almost (but not) tolerate those awful sumacs (the fiery red weed, or what I call “weed trees”). I’m a treehugger, but those things choke out every tree they pop up against, and just try to cut one down. They send up literally 100 more all around!

    I have a smoke bush in my yard! When it’s in bloom and the morning ailing lights up the poofs, it’s truly gaze-worthy! And YAY for Seek! I love that app!

    Thank you for bringing autumn foliage underdogs into a dark, below-freezing morning! 🍁 🍂

  2. Def Virginia creeper, (I’m allergic to it) and the weed loos like sumac (wildly allergic to that!) Smokebush is beautiful!!

  3. Wow, Janet we’re leading parallel plant lives. Sumac and Joe Pie are of the devil.
    Not as cold here as there, whaaaaaaat?

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