Fothergilla major

Yesterday’s wet and rainy day was spent indoors being treated to André Gallant‘s visual whirlwind of travel photography, people photography and “dreamscapes”. On the latter theme, he talked about three techniques: panning, composite montages (which I’ve never tried) and Orton imagery. It inspired me to share another photograph using the latter technique today (a link from the previous entry, added here for easy finding: Orton Imagery – A How-To Guide for Photographers).

I wasn’t certain what to title today’s entry, as I would normally title it using the name of the garden area. However, this garden bed currently lacks a descriptive name. It is planned to transform this into a themed area (incorporating elements, if not more, of a sensory garden), but plans can often be difficult to turn into reality for whatever reason.

In any case, I’ve decided to name the entry after the most prominent plant in the photograph. The orange-red Fothergilla major (witch-alder) is native to the southeastern United States, where it characteristically grows on dry highland ridges. It’s been recognized as a horticulturally-desirable plant, having won a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (Fothergilla major via BBC Gardening). An extensive factsheet about witch-alder is available from the Center for Plant Conservation.

The genus Fothergilla is named after John Fothergill, a philanthropist and patron of Sydney Parkinson and William Bartram.

Fothergilla major
Fothergilla major

10 responses to “Fothergilla major”

  1. bev

    That is utterly spectacular fall color. I only wish mine would dupliate it, although mine is F. gardenii, perhaps not as colorful. Thanks for a great photo; Mother Nature still thinks it’s summer here in the east!

  2. elizabeth a airhart

    lovely lush picture
    Leaves fall in gentle swirls to the ground
    wind-borne speeding past the eaves
    they whisper sounds as though self-willed
    somersaulting,chaseing one another–han yu 768-824
    thank you daniel i think many people
    online will paint this lush garden

  3. Elaine Chrysler

    could you tell me what the purple bush is?
    thank you

  4. Jonathan Knisely

    I’d hazard a guess that the purple bush is a mophead hydrangea.

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Yes, it’s a hydrangea. I couldn’t find a label, though.

  6. scott

    This is what it looks like when goats dream!

  7. Sue

    ha ha scott!

  8. Margaret-Rae Davis

    Incrediable colour. What a pleasure to see this photograph.
    Thank you,
    Margaret-Rae

  9. Victoria

    Love the wisteria on the pergola – this photo made me smile – we are just coming out of the clutches of winter and all is starting to green up. Thanks for the lovely photo. Gorgeous

  10. Jay Keenan

    Thank you for sharing this photo. What a lovely garden scene-an envy of my heart! My husband and I recently moved to a new house and we are creating a new fragrant garden, though our lot is rather small. I wonder this fothergilla would grow in Monterey Bay area–it’s in Central California. I loved this plant when I was a student in Midwest, right in the entry way of our building. I would like to have one.

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