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Walt's Look Around: Pippin's Japanese Maples

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Your celestial sign that we've moved into deep autumn in Mississippi is when the retreating sun, heading southward for the winter, silhouettes downtown Jackson for a few days as seen from Lakeland Drive out east of town in Flowood, in early November. Your celestial sign that we've moved into deep autumn in Mississippi is when the retreating sun, heading southward for the winter, silhouettes downtown Jackson for a few days as seen from Lakeland Drive out east of town in Flowood, in early November.
The Pippin's yard comes about as close to a conglomerate of concentrated color as anywhere else. The Pippin's yard comes about as close to a conglomerate of concentrated color as anywhere else.
So the setting sun passing along the western horizon says its deep fall now. So does the grove of Japanese Maples in the Pippin's yard in Petal. So the setting sun passing along the western horizon says its deep fall now. So does the grove of Japanese Maples in the Pippin's yard in Petal.
PETAL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

As if fall didn't naturally have enough color already, a couple in petal has installed some great color in their yard over they years.

Your celestial sign that we've moved into deep autumn in Mississippi is when the retreating sun, heading southward for the winter, silhouettes downtown Jackson for a few days as seen from Lakeland Drive out east of town in Flowood, in early November.

It isn't exactly Stonehenge, but it works on the same principle. The sun sets a little farther to the left every day until around the 21st of December, when it starts inching back toward the north again.

George and Sylvia Pippin in the sunrise community of Petal, east of Hattiesburg, have their own signal of the changing of the seasons. And that is when their Japanese Maples start to take on their yellows and reds of autumn.

George has set out dozens and dozens of them on his property.

"Fall, I guess, is my favorite time of the year," said George. "But it's not just these that light up but all the other wild trees light up. Sugar maples, so forth. I'm a fan of maples, any of the maples. But particularly Japanese. They don't get big. People can have a small yard and still have one. And they won't fall on your house in a hurricane. Almost a perfect little tree."

Mississippi has some native color, too, the yellows of the elms, reds of the oaks and multi-hues of the sweet gum. But since we don't have high mountainsides on which they are displayed, we don't get a lot of credit as a colorful fall state.

The Pippin's yard comes about as close to a conglomerate of concentrated color as anywhere else.

"We get a lot of people come," said George. "We had two ladies yesterday coming taking pictures. Graduation they take pictures, for weddings, so forth. They know I love plants. They'll stop by if they see me and I'm sitting on the driveway just to look at these Japanese Maples.

So the setting sun passing along the western horizon says its deep fall now. So does the grove of Japanese Maples in the Pippin's yard in Petal. And usually around Thanksgiving, sometimes until almost Christmas, is when our fall puts on its best show in Mississippi. A show you have to take tree by tree in some cases. Or yard by yard as in the case of the Pippins.

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