No sooner does summer arrive at last, than the leaves start turning colour on some of the plants as if to say, enjoy it while you can, autumn isn’t far behind. Some of the foliage is still beautifully green, like the ferns in the woodland. I just wish the fern families didn’t have such long names and so many relatives, this one is from the family Polypodium.
The japanese holly fern or Cyrtomium falcatum is evergreen but not reliably hardy. It has been hardy here for well over 12 yrs since I planted it.
Another holly fern, this time Polystichum x dycei I think. This one has fronds or pinnae that are quite shiny, they show up well in the shade of the woodland, reflecting any available light.
Two ferns here but here we are looking at the only native maidenhair fern in Britain, Adiantum capillus-veneris. This is now spreading nicely on the woodland floor, it looks so delicate but is quite tough, I think it is very happy working its way through the leaf mould.
Polistichum setiferum acutilobum is quite springy to touch, unlike other ferns. The fronds are still looking good while some of the softer textured ferns are now turning brown.
I think this is Polypodium interjectum which put itself into the garden here. I found it when I removed a shrub and it was underneath, I have since improved the soil in the bed and the fern has said, thanks very much and is now spreading a bit too rapidly for my liking. I will move it further back where the soil isn’t quite so good.
Dryopteris affinis Cristata is a fancy form of the male fern which turns up everywhere, this one goes by the name of King Fern, you can see how the pinna ( sort of side shoots) divide again and again.
The hart’s tongue fern or Asplenium scolopendrium pops up here and there, it obviously likes it here. We have it growing by the waterbutt, in the paving at the side of the house, or in the beds and borders or in the woodland. It doesn’t seem to matter where it puts itself, it always seems happy.
In the ditch by the woodland we have Osmunda regalis or the Royal fern. They like very wet places so I thought it would be happy there. For years it was and then two years ago it disappeared, imagine my delight when looking in the woodland in all our rain this summer, there it was again. Not very tall in spite of all the rain, but there never the less. Good to have it back.
I bought this plant as Arundinarea auricoma but I think it has had a name change. Anyway, it is a yellow bamboo which does spread rapidly if not cut to the ground every year, then it is well behaved! One year I didn’t cut it down and we had it spreading all over the lawn, you learn by your mistakes!!
When I took this photograph I was amazed by this lovely new frond of Dryopteris, the male fern, such a contrast with the other fern fronds in the garden that are past their best now. Anyway, I like the contrast between the fresh green frond, the pulmonaria leaves, the purple lysimachia and the polemonium in the front.
Couldn’t resist the sun shining through the leaves of Actinidia kolomikta, the climber by the dining room window. In the spring, the green leaves gradually change to having pink and white splashes, now in September, they have changed again to butter yellow. When the leaves start changing colour, there’s no denying autumn is on the way.
The leaves of Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt are now changing to burgundy for a while. When all the leaves are burgundy coloured the bushes down the drive look beautiful, then the leaves drop and the scarlet stems are revealed for five months over winter and the beginning of spring.
A Geranium leaf telling us that Autumn is knocking on the door, I’m not ready to let him in yet!
Geranium magnificum joining in with the other Geraniums, soon unfortunately, they will all be turning colour.
One of the many paeonies that we have, names long gone by now, but the foliage is going out in a blaze of glory!
The leaves of Mahonia Charity are now taking on some lovely colours, I think this means they are stressed as they don’t normally change colour, must have been all the rain earlier on in the year.
A red mophead Hydrangea which was given to us for our Ruby Wedding a few years ago now has leaves to match the flowers!
Viburnum Onondaga is now starting to put on its autumn finery. This shrub is now beginning to outgrow its space, it does sprout again when it has been cut back, so I think I will cut it back and move it to somewhere where it will have more room.
It is a shame that our hot summer weather didn’t last very long, but at the moment we are enjoying cooler but lovely sunny days followed by much colder nights, for a few nights we had temperatures of 4 C! This can only mean one thing, fantastic autumn tints!! Nature always has a way of giving us something to look forward to even if the summer was a washout!
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