Friday, November 14, 2008

Ginko Trees Performing

There is quite a show going on at the city park where we walk Luna. Even on this dreary overcast day and after almost 2 inches of rain the golden blanket the ginko trees has laid down is still beautiful.
The Ginko trees are celebrating another succcessful season of life. You can see here in the following photo the fruits of their endeavors. I have often thought of these fruits as looking like persimmons. It is too bad you can't eat them. This tree is so prolific. It must be so prolific because its mate is so close to it. The male tree is the big fat tree in the back and the female bearing all this fruit is in the foreground.The trees around the ginkos try their best to out shine the ginkos.
Even though they are quite striking in their fall finery.

It is hard to outshine this carpet of gold.
The golden yellow almost matches the color of the childrens slide in the background. Now that is some yellow.
Having one of these living fossils in your garden would be wonderful if you have room for it. You can go here to read more about it. It seems that they turn yellow and then drop their leaves all at one time. A beautiful sight. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.








33 comments:

Jan said...

Absolutely stunning.

Jan
Always Growing

Jayne said...

Wow... a fall carpet!

Carol said...

The Gingko trees are one of the outstanding trees for fall color. I advise people to get a male tree if at all possible, as the fruit is rather foul smelling... but the seeds are edible. I read on another blog somewhere how to prepare them for roasting... now, I wonder which blog that was...

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

garden girl said...

They are very cool trees Lisa! I love their fan-shaped foliage. I have to agree with Carol about the fruit - VERY stinky! There's a park nearby here with some really pretty landscaping. Ginkos are planted at the entrance. Once the fruits start ripening and falling to the ground. . . eeeooow! It's quite a foul smell! My grandson calls it the Stink Tree Park.

Gail said...

The carpet of gold is fantastic...I agree it is hard to find a better looking gold then ginko in the fall. There are one or two someplace in our neighborhood...because I see a leaf here and there on my walks. thanks, lisa for the walk in the park to see these lovely tres in color!

gail

Roses and Lilacs said...

It would be interesting to have something with such ancient lineage growing in the back yard. I like the fact they drop their leaves all at once. Saves going back again and again to clean up.
Marnie

Stacy said...

Wow, those are really gorgeous pictures! I love ginko trees - such pretty and unique shaped leaves.

beckie said...

Lisa. I have always liked the Ginko trees. Probably because their leaves make them easily identifiable.:)I've never seen one have fruit though and didn't know the male-female thing. Not as samrt as I thought I was! They do have a wonderful fall color and as you say can brighten up the most dreary of days. Thanks for the lovely walk and all the info. Have a great weekend.

Rose said...

I loved these photos, Lisa! This is one tree we don't have in our yard. They're not that common around here, although you will find some. I always liked their fan-shaped leaves. Thanks for showing what they look like in the fall, especially the fruit which I've never seen before. How cool is it that they drop all their leaves at once--does this mean it's finally winter??

Jamie and Randy said...

Gasp* How pretty! I've often thought about planting a Ginko, but I hear the fruit smells horrible. Is that true?-Randy

Mary said...

Carpet of gold. Beautiful!

stadtgarten said...

Wonderful pictures!
Have a nice weekend,Monika

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
They are fantastic. Evem with your dry conditions the Ginko seems to be doing just fine. I read that there is a hormone that the trees release that says,"Drop the leaves!" Wouldn't it be incredible to be under the Gingo when the leaves began to fall?
This is a beautiful park you walk in. All the trees look fantastic.
Glad you had some rain too.
May you also have a grand weekend.
Sherry

albertaphotography said...

such beauty indeed!

arythrina said...

Just gotta chime in and say wow! I think these are the coolest autumn pictures I've seen on any gardening blog yet!

Cicero Sings said...

... and what a carpet of gold!! Wow.

Teri C said...

What a fantastic tree! We don't have those in Wis so I really enjoyed seeing all the gorgeous colors.

verobirdie said...

Now I understand why French people call the gingko the tree of gold coins! Thanks for those pictures!

Annie in Austin said...

The trees should take a bow for their fine performance, Lisa - as should you as the impressario.

Ginkos have such a lovely gold color. I've seen small trees used in as accents when visiting open gardens so guess they live here. I've only heard about the stinky fruit - never seen it in person.

Do kids still have to collect and ID leaves for sixth grade science? The ginko was one everyone wanted.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Cheryl said...

This, for me Lisa, is such a beautiful post......a tree that I love.......I had one in the garden but unfortunately it did not survive.......it was here when we first came and not a large tree.......

I love the carpet of gold, absolutely stunning........the photography is great......

Nan said...

Wow, that is some tree. I knew nothing about it so loved reading this. Thank you! Is the G like George or gingham??

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am glad you all like this pretty gold carpet as much as I do.

Carol, that is interesting becasue I have never heard of anyone eating the seeds. I think the fruit is a pretty peachy color. I can't say I have smelled it. Hmmmmmm More than one person has alluded to the stink. I must be showing my age since I haven't smelled it. Maybe it will stink when the fruits start to fall and ferment.

Randy, the verdict is in...the fruit stinks.

Sherry, I would love to be there to see, hear and feel the leaves falling. I wonder if they do it under cover of night??

Annie, the children around here still have to collect leaves for one of their biology/science projects. This park is good for that project because they have signs by several of the trees telling what they are.

Nan I have only heard it pronounced as "G"ingham.

Phillip said...

Wow, those are gorgeous. The town that I live in uses lots of Gingko trees - there is even a small area of nothing but gingkos (called "Gingko Park" of course!) They are still very small though.

Pam/Digging said...

Wow! I would want to lie down in the yellow leaves and make a ginko angel.

Kylee said...

How beautiful, Lisa! We have a Ginkgo, but it's not large enough to lay down a carpet like that. However, we have a cherry or crabapple of some sort that does that same thing. I just love it!

This is the first time I've seen the Ginkgo fruit.

soulbrush said...

these colours are truly amazing, when the leaves fall i always feel sad..

Nan Ondra said...

Wow, Lisa, I can't think of anything that hasn't already been said, so I'll just thank you for sharing these images. (Don't you love Pam's idea of making a ginkgo angel?)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Pam, I love your idea of making a leaf angel. If it wasn't raining I would do that very thing. Great idea!!

Nan, yes, I thought Pam had a great idea.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I've never seen Ginko fruits. There are a lot of them around here, but they are all male. When I was walking my daughter home from school last week, we passed a mature Ginko in full color. We each stopped to pick up a leaf. They are my absolute favorites.

Barbara said...

Absolutely overwhelming these golden carpets of leaves! What a pleasure it must be for children (and grown-ups!) to play there!!!

Northern Shade said...

Your photos of the golden carpet under the ginkos, with the red leaf carpets behind are beautiful. They are a wonderful tribute to the beauty of fall leaves.

cyndy said...

Beautiful Ginkos!

Amazing photos--you captured the Ginko soul ;-)

At one time I lived near Ginko's...now I miss them..thanks for this post!

sweet bay said...

That carpet of yellow leaves is amazing!