Foliage becomes more and more important once the flowers are winding down for the winter. After a good autumn weatherwise, we were blessed with wonderful autumn tints, I think the best ever. Most of these have been blown away by our first named storm of the winter, Storm Angus or been swept up by me to make wonderful leaf mould, to add back to the garden at a future date. There are still plenty of leaves to come down and they will keep me busy for quite some time, in the meantime I will enjoy them.
The leaves on the beech hedge will stay all winter until the new leaves in the spring push them away.
Box balls keep the interest in the rose garden when the roses are all cut back.
Another bit of beech contrasting with the conifer and yellow privet in the hedge by the field next door..
Ilex Golden King is looking very smart at the moment, sporting lots of berries.
Spirea by the back door.
Dwarf Berberis in the back garden.
Another Berberis, this time Rose Glow.
Mahonia Charity which now has more flowers open than last week for Bloom Day, the leaves are beautiful too.
One of the few last leaves on Vibernum plicatum Maresii.
In the bog garden, the huge leaves of Zantedeschia are still looking good, I think they will collapse soon though.
Looking across part of the garden, foliage of various shrubs form a tapestry.
The local wild field Maple, Acer campestre, brightens up the woodland.
Also in the woodland is a wild holly bush which is covered in berries for this winter. The leaves are so shiny in the sunshine filtering through now that a lot of the leaves are down.
Still in the woodland, this is the sun shining through the leaves of one of the oaks.
The last red leaf on the Acer Osakazuki !
Oh dear, lots of work needed here, you can hardly see the lawn!
My seeded grass is growing! more and more is sprouting each day and I think it will continue all through the winter as long as there is no severe frost.
My bearskin formed from Ophiopogon is clogged with leaves, a good comb is needed!
That’s a great improvement !
and this was the large comb!
With so many old trees in the garden, we do have lots of leaves coming down. They do cause us a lot of work each autumn, but I wouldn’t be without them as the trees are so beautiful. The leaves show the passing seasons with different colours and are then returned to the garden as a mulch of leaf mould after they have rotted down in a corner of the woodland for a year or two. Usually we get all the leaves from next doors huge oak tree, but Storm Angus did us a favour, for some reason it came at us from the east and blew them the other way!
My photos were all taken the day before Angus arrived. Thank goodness I did take them then, it has been non stop rain, rain and more torrential rain since then, at times it was of biblical proportions. Exeter, our nearest city, is flooded again and the garden here is so wet, I just can’t walk on it, so wouldn’t have been able to photograph anything if I had waited.
Thanks go to Christina for hosting this meme each month, do please pay her a visit at My Hesperides Garden to see other foliage around the world.