Gradually the colour green is draining away from some of the leaves in the garden. Underlying colours are starting to emerge as the garden prepares to have it’s final fling of the year. Usually we can rely on fantastic colours for about a month before they all blow away in a puff of wind, but for the last couple of days it has been a lot more than just a puff! I’ll start in the front garden where the front border is now looking very colourful with the red leaves of Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt , the gold of the silver birch Betula ermanii and the orange of the Prunus by the entrance.
Taken from the landing window, this view is so different now from in the summer when the leaves are nearly all green.
New silvery leaves on the buddleia contrasting with purple cornus and gold silver birch. All the Silver birch leaves have now blown away, thanks to Gonzalo, they didn’t last long at all.
Penstemon Garnet still flowering and picking up the colour of the Cornus leaves behind it.
The Cherry by the front entrance always turns such a lovely colour, but with gales from the remnant of hurricane Gonzalo, I’m glad I photographed them a couple of days early as half have blown away already.
It is only at this time of year that I notice the sharp teeth round the edge of the cherry tree leaves, they look like a Venus fly trap!
Half have now been blown away, such a shame as they are such a pretty colour.
Another group of Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt and Betula jaquemontii in the border by the field, they go so well together.
This was shown on GBBD to show the flowers of Viburnum plicatum Maresii flowering out of season, but now it is because the leaves are on their way to becoming deep burgundy.
Azalea Persil contrasting with Miscanthus sinesnsis variegata behind and variegated Euonymus in front.
The ghostly leaf of one of my Solomon seal plants, the others are all still very green.
The fountain of Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus is now changing from green to gold.
The Acers have started to change colour, but they are only half way there at the moment. This is Acer Osakazuki which is much darker now than a couple of weeks ago and will turn the most beautiful red/fuchsia pink in a couple more weeks.
Acer Sango Kaku, in the woodland, is getting lighter as the days go by, eventually it will end up a pale buttery yellow.
Just at the entrance to the woodland is a fern, I think belonging to the Polisticum family, that looks so fresh and green, contrasting with everything around it.
The foliage of this Cyclamen hederifolium caught my eye in the woodland, almost silver in colour,
then on the opposite side of the path, I noticed another single silvery leaf nestled among all the other green ones, have the ants spread it across the path?
The woodland is looking autumnal with the Chestnut tree leaves which have come down.
But there are still all these leaves to come down!
Thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for encouraging us to go out into the garden and appreciate the contribution that foliage makes to the overall picture of our gardens. I was so glad that I took my photos a few days early, once I knew we had the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo heading our way, so many leaves have come down, especially the cherry and silver birch. Hopefully the Acers will have completed their change in time for GBFD in November.