The wonderful changing colours of the Acers have appeared earlier this year than previously. Usually I am hoping for them to change in October, but have to be patient until November. This year though, we had quite a long dry spell of weather, very sunny days and much colder nights and I believe these are the triggers that start the changes in the leaves.
Acer Osakazuki in the back garden.
The sunny, cold spell we had a week ago has certainly helped to develop the autumnal colours which are now in the garden. Some leaves unfortunately have shrivelled and dropped early with the long spell of dry weather that we had, rain eventually came to the rescue, now we are back to very sunny days with much colder nights.
Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt sporting its beautiful colours on the front drive.
Looking round the garden recently made me realise that at the moment we have plenty of food for the birds and small mammals to enjoy, in the form of berries. As long as they don’t eat them all at once, they should last for some time.
We start with the Cotoneaster up the front wall of the kitchen.
Colder weather has been coming from the East and shorter days are making it feel really autumnal. Now it’s all change, with the wind from the SW bringing much needed rain. Flowers are now in shorter supply than previously, the ones that are flowering are therefore to be treasured. Come with me while I wander round the garden searching for flowers to photograph for this month.
Starting in the front garden, there are seedling Asters that the bees love, contrasting with the changing leaves of Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt.
Red sky at night, shepherds delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning.
I don’t think there was anything for any sailors to worry about yesterday as it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. A very cold wind from the east brought a lot of cloud first thing at 7am, but that soon cleared to leave a cloudless sky all day.
Once again I was treated to 5 minutes of a wonderful sunrise.
Lurking away behind the garage was an old strawberry pot, unloved and uncared for, ever since I discovered that strawberry plants don’t grow well in them! However, it now has a new lease of life as a Heuchera Pot, or rather a Heuchera and Heucherella Pot!
Heucheras and Heucherella.
It is almost time of me to start sorting my plants out in the gravel area at the back of the house. Some will come into the conservatory which is just kept frost free over the winter, some will be wrapped in fleece and placed under the arbour in the corner and some will spend the winter in the greenhouse. A few will be fine out in the open, without protection.
The Eucomis will go into the greenhouse, along with the Hedychium Stephen that was in this group while it flowered.
The days in September are rushing by, I can hardly keep up with them. I feel the gardening year will soon be over, then after a short rest in December, we will start all over again! Looking through photos for this month, I have found a few that either didn’t make it into posts or they are ones that have just been taken, that got missed at the time. I’ll start with my variegated Yucca.
This is how it was on Sept. 18th, still in tight bud.
Looking round the garden with a view to taking photos for GBFD this month, it was obvious that there weren’t many deciduous leaves that warranted being photographed for posterity. It is too soon for autumn tints, they will hopefully be ready for next month, so this month it was up to the evergreens, especially the clipped evergreens, that provide the interest in the garden this month.
Box ball and Euonymous Emerald and gold
I really must learn to be more patient. When I saw the first Cyclamen hederifolium popping up in the woodland a month ago, they were immediately photographed and a post written about them. If only I had waited, there are now easily three times as many flowers, making the woodland look really pretty, in spite of all the fallen leaves and everything else looking so dry.