The sunny, cold spell we had a week ago has certainly helped to develop the autumnal colours which are now in the garden. Some leaves unfortunately have shrivelled and dropped early with the long spell of dry weather that we had, rain eventually came to the rescue, now we are back to very sunny days with much colder nights.
Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt sporting its beautiful colours on the front drive.
The leaves of the Cornus are the most amazing colour.
The golden leaves of Betula ermanii contrast nicely with the Cornus.
Under the kitchen window, Hydrangea petiolaris is changing from green to a lovely buttery yellow.
The prunus by the front drive is showing its autumn colour but the leaves are looking a bit dry without the usual rain.
The golden leaves of a silver birch, what a wonderful blue the sky is!
The leaves of the Amelanchier are dropping before they change colour, just a few have managed to change.
The torrential rain a few nights ago brought down so many of the Horse chestnut leaves, someone will have to get sweeping!
Prunus Kojo no mai looking very pretty in her autumn finery.
Contrasting foliage from right to left with the yucca, Kojo no mai, purple phormium and Pittosporum Irene Patterson (she needs trimming)
This photo was taken a week ago when Acer Osakazuki was just starting to change colour.
And look at her now, gorgeous ! I will do a separate post about the Acers soon.
Leaves of the Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus are changing colour, soon it will be a golden fountain.
The common Field Maple, which is a hedging tree in this area,is a member of the Acer family. Driving along , you are surrounded by buttercup yellow. This one is behind the bog garden.
I’ll finish with a few evergreens. When looking in the woodland, it was the cyclamen foliage that caught my eye…..
……each plant has foliage which is quite different from it’s neighbour.
I had to include the new planting in the old strawberry pot, I could swear that they have grown already!
This back border stays green all summer, then suddenly, it bursts into colour for a few wonderful weeks at this time of year. It all depends on the wind how long it lasts, I just enjoy it all while I can.
The colours of autumn are deepening each day, they are quite early this year, I think due to the long spell of very sunny dry weather we had earlier this month and last month. Temperatures at night time are dropping, but we are still waiting for our first frost which can’t be far away now.
Hopefully the foliage is looking colourful in lots of other gardens at the moment. Christina at My Hesperides Garden, encourages us all to appreciate the foliage in our gardens through the year, do pay her a visit this Garden Bloggers Foliage Day.