Over last weekend, we had our first frost of the winter. It was rather a shock to the system, having got used to the very mild weather that we had been having, the wind changed direction from the south to the north and what a difference it made. We woke up to find everything edged with a crisp coating of frost. I didn’t want to walk on the lawn, but managed to take a few photos from the paths round the house.
Not variegated ivy, just ivy with an edging of frost.
Sorry I’m late, due to circumstances beyond my control, but here is my offering for Foliage Day in November, which was written last Saturday.
It’s a question of dodging the showers or rather, the downpours and the gales, to take a few photos for Foliage Day, so there are not as many this time. The temperatures have plummeted to just plus 5C during the day which is a lot lower than the plus 16C that we have had for weeks now. Most of the leaves on the deciduous trees have now dropped, but still the oaks are hanging onto their leaves. Leaf sweeping is just about keeping up with what has been deposited on lawns and paths, the beds will have to wait, they might get done, they might not.
Bergenia by the front door.
Following my usual route round the garden, starting with the front drive, the Bergenia are looking solid against the Winter Jasmine.
Having looked all round the garden for something that isn’t looking rain battered and wind burnt, without success, I decided to come in and photograph the plants that are in the conservatory at the moment.
Halfway through November and it is very clear that we don’t have as many flowers this month, I think the flowers have decided that winter will soon be with us. We have had a very mild November so far, with just one cold day last week. The wind is from the south west bringing warm air up from the south Atlantic, this is confusing us as well as the plants! However, wandering round the garden I can find a few spots of colour.
Rosa,The Dark Lady
Most of the roses still have flowers blooming.
I was amazed to find that Iris unguicularis Walter Butt had started flowering at the end of October. The first year it was planted here, it flowered in December, last year it flowered in November, but this year it was flowering on the 25th October.
Iris unguicularis Walter Butt.
This photo was taken in October, we were obviously having a shower at the time.
I don’t know if the leaves will still be on my Acers for Foliage Day on the 22nd of the month, so I thought that maybe I ought to photograph them for Friday’s Looking Good meme hosted by Gillian at Country Garden UK.
Acer Sango Kaku.
All summer the leaves are green, but gradually they change to a buttery yellow before they eventually fall.
Last Saturday the weather was absolutely wonderful, bright blue sky and lovely sunshine, so we made the most of it and went to The Garden House , Buckland Monachorum on Dartmoor, just 10 miles from Plymouth. The sun was surprisingly hot for the end of October, so coats weren’t needed nor umbrellas as there wasn’t a cloud in the sky! We usually try to get to see a garden which is known for its autumn tints and I knew this garden had an Acer glade, say no more!
The car park at The Garden House.
Usually when we go into the garden, a general look around will show that the dominant colour is green. Not any more, the whole garden has a mellow, yellow look about it as plants finally change colour and start to die back ready for winter. I started my wandering this time, in the woodland and went anti clockwise instead of the usual clockwise, don’t ask me why, I’ve no idea!
Woodland, looking left.
What a difference a week makes, the green is rapidly disappearing from the garden, being replaced by yellow, orange and red. The little tree Prunus Kojo -no-mai is a good example of this, it really looks like a burning bush at the moment. The strong winds and rain are bringing lots of leaves down, but not on Kojo-no-mai, she is hanging on tight to all her leaves and making a wonderful show, I think this year is the best year yet.
Looking at October’s photos yesterday, I found a few which don’t really justify a post to themselves, so I thought I would collect them together and show a mixed bag.
Starting with the wonderful sunrise I found the morning after the clocks went back 1 hour.
Sunrise at 6am.
I would have missed this beautiful sunrise if the alarm hadn’t gone off at 6am instead of the usual 7 am. The clock changes the time automatically, but doesn’t seem to change the alarm until after it has woken us up!