Taking photographs for this month’s Foliage Day was a question of dodging the showers, sometimes they were quite light but at others it was torrential rain. A gradual change is coming over the garden, a more golden tint to the leaves. Some leaves that were changing last month have almost blown away in all the wind we have had, this was the Amelanchier that I showed you last month, the leaves are nearly all gone.
In the front, by the drive, Betula ermanii has also lost most of their leaves, a shame because they turn a lovely buttery yellow.
The Cornus Westonbirt at the back of the Bee and Butterfly border have started to turn the beautiful burgundy colour that we enjoy at this time of year. If we are lucky we will have them for about a month before they drop, but it all depends on the weather, they make a nice contrast with the Agapanthus foliage at the front.
The ornamental cherry by the entrance is now in it’s autumn finery, again this one soon loses its leaves if the wind comes from the north.
The leaves on the purple Berberis are changing to match the red berries that cover the branches until the blackbirds, thrushes, fieldfares and redwings discover them.
A deciduous Azalea in the central border by the dead oak takes on fiery tints in the autumn, when it grows a bit larger, it will form a good contrast with the euonymous that is in front of it.
Still in the same border, Viburnum plicatum Maresii is changing colour gradually, eventually they will be a deep burgundy colour.
Behind the yucca, the Horse Chestnuts in the woodland are now more of an orange colour. We are still getting the moth damage that we have had for the last couple of years, but lately it seems that nature is fighting back. It has been noticed that bluetits have discovered the moth caterpillar that lives between the two layers of the leaf, eating the leaf from within. The bluetits are now pecking holes in the leaves to get the caterpillars, hopefully this will mean that eventually the moth will die out.
My little Acer Osakazuki has just started to turn this wonderful fuchsia pink, lots of the leaves are turning a darker colour, but just this one leave has achieved its autumn finery.
In the woodland this epimedium foliage is looking as fresh as if it’s spring.
The ferns in the woodland are looking very fresh.
The ferns are all planted quite close to each other, making a contrasting carpet. This one is the Japanese holly fern,Cyrtomium falcatum.
The maidenhair fern, Adiantum venustum, looks so delicate, but this one is quite hardy here.
Hart’s tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium, spreads itself around the garden without any help from me, putting itself into places I would never think of.
Lovely wavy edge to this Hart’s tongue fern, Beth Chatto refers to it as “having been ironed with a goffering iron”, the iron they used to make the frills on Victorian dresses and blouses. This one is Asplenium scolopendrium crispum group.
Here we have Euonymous Emerald and Gold next to one of my box balls which is in front of the hedge which is made from Lonicera nitidia.
Mahonia Charity, by the dead oak, has foliage that is looking quite fresh, the flower buds are all in place, it won’t be long before they are out wafting their lovely perfume across the garden.
More Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt behind Betula jaquemontii in the border by the field. Another month and we will be enjoying the red stems of the Cornus right through the winter.
When I went over to the bog garden, all the foliage was looking good because of all the recent rain, the Zantedeschia was looking especially good with lots of new foliage.
More fresh leaves on the Acanthus mollis by the pond. In the height of the summer when we had a drought, this plant was looking very stressed, it is obviously making up for lost time.
Usually by this time of year, the hellebore leaves are looking rather tatty, but this is another plant that has been making the most of all our rain.
The Hose chestnuts in the woodland are giving it a golden glow, when the sun manages to shine between the showers.
I have never seen yellow oak leaves on the trees, these are some that must have been wrenched off the tree by the winds, normally they just go brown before they fall, wouldn’t it be much nicer if the whole tree turned yellow?
This is one of my yew seedlings in the woodland, I am finding so many, which I pot up and soon I will have enough for a hedge somewhere, or do I turn them into topiary?
I’ll leave you with two tiny seedlings of my Acer Osakazuki, I must have planted them at least 3 yrs ago. They have turned colour before their parent and the colour seems as good. I think they now deserve a pot each and I’m hopeful that in a few years time, I will have 2 more lovely acers in the woodland.
So the foliage here is turning, but also regenerating after the dry summer, I think we need a few more weeks before we know if this year is going to be a good one for autumn colour or not. Thank you to Christina for hosting Foliage day once more, do pop over to My Hesperides Garden to see what the foliage is doing round the world.