When the curtains are first drawn back in a morning, the light is different, there is a golden glow now which is so different from a couple of weeks ago. The leaves are starting to turn colour and with all the high winds we have been having, they are floating down to cover the grass. Our first tree to change colour is Amelanchier lamarckii.
There is definitely an autumnal look about the garden.
Just one lower branch of Acer osakazuki has turned the beautiful red autumn colour that it is known for, all the other leaves are still green.
This lovely fern has new growth that has an autumn colour to it, the fronds are flushed with bronze. All year it has been putting up new fronds which have such a lovely colour to them.
In the pond, Pontaderia still has its beautiful paddle shaped leaves reaching up to the sky. I am enjoying them as long as I can, they will collapse all too soon.
Still looking just as good as it has all summer is Brunnera macrophylla Jack Frost. I must sort out the seedlings that are now beginning to crowd out the parent plant, I’m sure I can find lots of places for them.
The path through the woodland is covered mainly with Horse Chestnut leaves, although I can see a few oak leaves in amongst them. The Chestnut trees are the first to lose their leaves but there is a long way to go before they are bare.
It is almost time to bring my pots of succulents into the conservatory. Aeonium shwartzcopf isn’t hardy here, so needs protection, as does the Aloe behind it.
Stachys or lamb’s ears, has formed ground cover in various places all year, I think the lambs are looking rather bedraggled with the rain.
Pittosporum Tom Thumb has made a nice rounded small bush, the new growth in the spring is bright green but soon turns to burgundy for the rest of the year. The peony foliage behind forms a contrast.
Most of the hostas are past their best now, but the ones in the bog garden are still looking quite good.
Still in the bog garden where the moisture levels seem to have stayed the same in spite of the heat of the summer, is Zantedeschia aethiopica. The large smooth leaves contrast with the smaller more ribbed leaves of all the various primulas in this area.
No foliage here, I just thought I would end with a lovely sunset that we had a few evenings ago.
Autumn has its own special highlights when the leaves start changing colour. The leaves need warm sunny days and cold nights to give us the fantastic range of colours that we always hope for each year. We have been told that next week is going to be warm again, but with colder nights, so hopefully this should mean that we will have some wonderful colours to look forward to.
Many thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting Gaden Bloggers Foliage Day once more, where we can see beautiful foliage from round the world, do pay it a visit.