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.
Please be patient with me while I show you just a few of the many photos I have taken. I love these trees, everything about them, their shape, their leaves, the patterns the leaves make and of course the colours that come so quickly at this time of year. The colours are so fleeting, victims of the wind that blows through the garden, thank goodness mine are fairly sheltered from the westerly gales that are prevalent here.
The red colour then starts to change to fuchsia pink, it just gets better and better day by day.
The Acer on the left of the archway was planted by the previous people here, it was only about 3 ft 25 yrs ago.
I don’t know which variety it is, but eventually it turns a beautiful orange.
The view from the spare bedroom window.
This back border certainly glows at this time of year. My third Acer, Sango Kaku, dropped all its leaves a while ago and is now completely bare. My fourth Acer, Shindishojo, hasn’t started changing colour yet, there’s always time!
I have to have my daily fix of studying the Acers, preferably while drinking a coffee. The colours deepen day by day, until suddenly, they will be gone in a puff of wind and we have another year to wait for a kaleidoscope of colour in the back border once more. I’m happy to wait.