Colour changes in a mixed bag.

Ever so slowly, the colours are changing in the garden. Each day when looking out of the window, sees a slight shift from green to more  gold, with a few purples and reds thrown in for good measure. The colours haven’t reached their climax yet, but the change is there, there is no denying it now.

Acer Osakazuki is now half way through it’s change, with just a few leaves showing their wonderful pink/red final colou so farr.

This tree was only about 2ft tall when I planted it, now it is tall than me.

The leaves of Osakazuki take their time changing, but hopefully in another week, we should see it in all its glory.

Photographed from an upstairs window, the top few leaves of my tall Acer are just starting to change. This Acer turns a beautiful yellow/orange/red. This tree has lived here longer than me, 30 yrs, and is quite tall now, about 15ft.

By the field the Viburnum opulus has changed from green to its usual purple.

By the front drive, Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt is putting on a show before it finally shows us its wonderful red stems for the winter.

Purple Berberis by the front door, is looking more red, accentuated by all the red berries that will feed the birds over the wingter.

While wandering round looking for changing foliage, I couldn’t help but notice that some foliage is looking very fresh and will stay that way all winter, no change for them then.

Eucalyptus gunnii leaves are looking very fresh.

Heucheras were looking good, this is H. Spellbound planted in the border in front of the woodland and has looked good all summer.

In a pot by the front door H. Lime Marmalade has just got better and better as the weeks have gone by.

Still waiting to be planted, poor thing, is H. Wild Rose. In spite of being neglected, its leaves continue to delight.

Just a couple more photos which have nothing to do with foliage.

Again by the front door, I was amazed to see flowers on the winter jasmine, much earlier than usual.

We have been having some wonderful sunsets for the past few evenings.

A really cold spell is now on its way down from the north, I wonder what this will do to the foliage colours? Hopefully I will soon have another post to write, this time about the blaze of colour in the garden from the leaves. Nature certainly knows how to go out with a bang!

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18 Responses to Colour changes in a mixed bag.

  1. Peter says:

    So much beauty in your autumn garden! Your Heucheras are looking so good and will delight all winter long.

    • Pauline says:

      Many thanks Peter, hopefully it will be even better when I get home! I’ve been away for a bit, but can’t wait to see how it has progressed.

  2. Alison says:

    Autumn’s fiery colors are so beautiful!

  3. Susie says:

    H. Wild Rose Is a great color. I have pansies waiting for planting.

    • Pauline says:

      I love this one Susie, such a beautiful colour. I left 4 boxes of bulbs waiting to be planted , they will greet me when I get back tomorrow!

  4. Denise says:

    Pauline, onlyyesterday I was looking at my Heucheras and admiring their colours which seem to be enhanced as autumn progresses. Having said that autumn seems to have moved on somewhere else as we have a thick layer of snow this morning!

  5. Anna says:

    Fabulous autumnal colour Pauline. I do like the look of heuchera ‘Spellbound’. I wonder if you have had that first frost of the season yet? Ours arrived this morning.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Anna, Spellbound is such a lovely colour and contrasts with everything around it. We had our first frost a while ago, but since then it has been warmer, this week however, I’ve been away looking at wonderful autumn tints elsewhere, post to follow.

  6. Cathy says:

    Lovely autumn colours along with some bright greens and fresh silvers too. Very pretty. Our colour is almost over now.

    • Pauline says:

      The greens set the colours off Cathy, or I think so anyway. The colours are so fleeting, but very welcome at this time of year when everything is a bit drab.

  7. snowbird says:

    There is some lovely colour in your garden. I think this is my favourite season. My jasmine is flowering too and anemomes and bulbs are coming through… we’ve had a frost no doubt everything will stop. That’s the end of all the annuals! Hasn’t it turned cold?xxx

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Dina, it is one of my favourite seasons too, along with spring. I haven’t noticed my bulbs, will have to have a look when I get home, I’m away until tomorrow, I’ve been chasing more autumn tints, posts to follow! Yes, it is cold with the wind from the north but the sunshine today is fantastic!

  8. debsgarden says:

    Great photos! I love this time of year with all the color changes. Fall color has exploded in my garden in just the past few days. I suspect it has done the same for you since you published this post. I especially love the Acers!

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Debs! Your garden must look fantastic with all your different colours. I’m away at the moment, but will be back tomorrow and the first thing I will do will be to have a quick look around the garden to see any changes! The Acers are my favourites at this time of year.

  9. Cathy says:

    It’s fascinating watching the colour changes in the garden – how many of these you have shown can ve seen from your windows?

    • Pauline says:

      Most can be seen from either the sitting room or the hall windows Cathy. I have just got back, this morning, from Canada, where the colours were amazing, I’ll do a post as soon as I’ve sorted myself out! The colours in the garden here are amazing too, the acers are almost at their peak now, maybe just another week but my seedling silver birch by the back door is a golden fountain right now.

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