At last my legs are feeling strong enough to wander round the garden once more, I have missed being able to do that since my booster injection 10 days ago! Straight away it struck me how the garden has moved on in just a few days, lots more colour in the foliage and contrasting shapes and textures are more noticable as lots of the plants are dying away.We are still having a warm, dry spell, but have also had a few nights with frost that has made such a difference to the leaf colours.
Miscanthus malepartus which I showed you last Saturday, has now changed to a golden fountain and looks totally different.
I love the contrast in texture between the feathery plumes and the thin shiny leaves. The leaves and plumes will be left until Feb/March before being cut back, unless nature throws a spanner in the works and knocks it all flat in a gale!
Looking through from the circular lawn to the back garden, the horse chestnut tree has coloured up beautifully. Other trees and shrubs are showing autumn finery and different textures.
Lots of contrasting colour, shape and texture here with starting on the right, a golden box, then stipa giganteum, purple leaves of Viburnum plicatum Mariesii with Pittosporum Tom Thumb in front. On the left are the golden/orange leaves of Azalea Persil.
Lots of colour in the back garden now as the leaves are changing and falling, another viburnum on the left is now in autumn colours and on the right the autumn colour is coming from a sucker of Prunus Kojo no mai, which was removed because it grew so tall. This one will be kept to 4ft and no more!
Looking across the rockery, you can see in the far right corner that Acer Osakazuki has now decided to change colour, I think that by the weekend she will be looking rather lovely. The bright gold colour are the leaves of Hosta June.
From the lawn up the steps by the back door, this view is looking towards the field at the side of the garden. The silver birch on the left is now dropping its leaves on the lawn, hopefully they will get collected when the grass gets cut. On the right is purple Berberis Rose Glow and at the back, spreading too far, is Miscanthus Silberfedder, lots of contrast here of colour, shape and texture.
I’m sure that in another week the garden will look totally different again, I’m just enjoying each day as it comes. Lots of plants are dying back and some are getting ready to flower on and off all winter, it’s all change at the moment and I welcome it all. I think November is a lovely month in the garden with so much colour, shape and texture keeping the interest going, soon all the leaves will be down and we will be left with the bare bones of the garden once more, but not for long, snowdrops are waiting in the wings!