The colours in the garden this week have been absolutely amazing. I took my drive round the neighbouring village a week too soon, if I had waited they would have been far more intense, must remember for next year. For foliage day this month, I will have to come clean and admit that some of my photos – mainly of the Cornus sibirica Westonbirt – were taken 2 weeks ago, before they all blew away! They weren’t ready last month, the colour hadn’t changed, and I knew I had to photograph them before they dropped so that I would have a record.
The view from the landing window of the front drive. Cornus are showing their beautiful beetroot coloured leaves.
Cornus Westonbirt contrasting with a buddleja
Betula papyriferra nestled among the Cornus bushes.
No, not mine unfortunately, this acer belongs to next door………
…….this is the view we have of it on our side of the wall, you will see that the cornus leaves have now all gone for this year.
This Acer is such a fantastic colour, I have never noticed it before, it must have grown a lot this year to show above the wall.
A seedling silver birch which has put itself near the back door. The birds all line up in this tree before coming down to the feeder for their food.
The Cotinus in the back garden has changed from deep purple to a lighter maroon. Here with euonymous and seneccio
By the garage in the front garden, forming a wind break from the north wind for the roses, is a purple Berberis with another euonymous.
Hiding the wheelie bin is the beech hedge with a camellia and mahonia for company. The beech hedge turns such a lovely colour before turning brown which then stays all winter.
Prunus Kojo no mai is in the back garden near the alpine scree. It has green leaves all year then turns this delicious caramel colour in the autumn.
In the border by the field is a Betula Jaquemontii with some more red stemmed Cornus, beech, conifer and variegated privet.
Forming a golden cascade is Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus. The purple flower spikes are now bleached but it is the foliage which vies for attention.
This Acer was here when we came and usually just turns orange, but this year it has developed quite a number of red patches.
In the background is Acer palmatum Osakazuki, contrasting with the orange Acer in the foreground.
I managed to get all three Acers into one photo from an upstairs window. At the back of the woodland is yellow Acer Sango- kaku.
The far side of the woodland has a large Bay bush which sets off Acer Sango kaku in front of it. The green leaves of summer change to a buttery yellow.
The colour of the leaves of Acer Sango kaku fades as the weeks go by.
The colours of the Acer Osakazuki take some time to develop. In this photo, just one leaf is the colour that they will all be soon.
Each day brings more and more changes to A. Osakazuki, the colours are now much brighter.
At last, Acer Osakazuki is sporting its true colours.
Trying to take photos when the wind was blowing so strongly wasn’t easy.
Acer Osakazuki with Acer Sango Kaku in the background, both contrasting with the euonymous and the bay.
Contrasting beautifully with Euonymous Emerald Gaity are the seeds of Iris foetidissimus.
I think all these beautiful colours will soon vanish, they will be blown away on the strong winds that we are having at the moment, to be raked up and eventually brought back as a mulch for the trees which give us such a wonderful finale to the autumn garden.
Many thanks must go to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting GBFD once more, do pay her a visit to see interesting foliage from different parts of the world.