Once again, Christina is hosting a Foliage Day over @ Creating my own garden of the Hesperides. This time I thought I would just show a few autumn tints because the evergreens/golds/silvers will be with us for the next month and for the rest of the winter. This photograph is of one of our Horse Chestnut trees and the shrubs below. These shrubs are all over 6ft tall, so that gives you some indication of how tall the Chestnut tree is. Starting at the right, the shrubs are the golden Philadelphus, a blue cedar, variegated laurel and a cotoneaster hedge.
The Acers put on a wonderful display each autumn, at the moment only 2 of the 3 are dressed in their autumn finery, Osakazuki and Sango kaku. Osakazuki is usually the last to show autumn colour, but this year it was the first.
The leaves start turning by showing almost fuchsia pink colouring which gradually changes to magenta before they fall.
Some leaves still hang onto a touch of green for as long as they can, while the others are flaunting their new autumn fashion.What a lovely colour.
Acer Sango kaku looks as if it is lit from within when backlit by the sun, it shows up so well against the dark green of the bay tree.
The leaves are so thin and delicate, here making such a lovely pattern, you wonder how they can survive in all the wind that comes whistling through the strip of woodland.
When the leaves eventually fall we are left with beautiful pink coloured stems that last all winter so it has an extra season of beauty, can you see them?
Usually the woodland strip is all looking very golden by this time but the oak and ash trees haven’t started turning colour yet. The Chestnut trees started losing their leaves a long time ago so the woodland floor is now very brown.
The bee and butterfly border by the drive now changes its colours totally due to all the Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt that were planted to give us winter colour with their stems.
Like Acer Osakazuki, Westonbirt’s foliage turns from green to this wonderful magenta which deepens to burgundy. The leaves usually stay like this for about a month until they drop and make a beautiful carpet.
When the leaves have dropped we are then left with the fantastic lipstick red stems to brighten our winter days until they, in their turn have to be coppiced in March, a fantastic bush which looks good, but different, for all 4 seasons. What more could you ask?
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