Even though we don’t want to think about it, the evidence is there for all to see. The fresh green colours of spring and summer are gradually being overtaken by a few colours of autumn. This is a white peony which I really must plant soon, it has been in a pot for far too long.
Roses are still putting out new growth, but with other leaves taking on a red tinge, it makes them look autumnal.
The leaves on Viburnum plicatum Lanarth are starting to colour up.
Viburnum plicatum Maresii are not far behind, these will end up all purple in a few weeks.
This fern looks autumnal but is the opposite. All the new fronds that appear are bronze coloured, they then turn green as they get older.
Hydrangea leaves are changing, taking on a red hue before they finally drop.
Hardy Geranium leaves have decided it is time for a change.
Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt has started the big change to purple which we will soon have all the way up the front drive.
However all the leaves aren’t changing yet thank goodness. In dire need of splitting is Pontederia in the pond. There is a school in Exeter which will have this when it has been divided and potted up for them. There should be a post about the school soon.
Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus makes a tall fountain of grass which this tortoiseshell butterfly decided was just the right place to have a rest.
I think my Chinese Ginger Jar will need another clip to make it neat for the winter.
Pittosporum Tom Thumb stays this nice, small, round bun shape, no clipping needed, I wish they were all like that!
As well as putting out new flowers, the 6 Iceberg roses that I have, are putting out lovely new foliage. Normally this is a martyr to blackspot and so many times, I have almost got rid of them, but at the moment I’m glad that I didn’t.
New Brunnera leaves, courtesy of all the rain we have had, plus some new leaves on the commom Pulmonaria.
The leaves of Acer Osakazuki are still the green of summer, but the seeds are changing to the colour the leaves will become in a few months time. I sowed some seed 2 years ago and some of the the leaves on the seedlings are red already.
Lovely leaves on one of the rhododendron bushes plus some nice fat flower buds for next year. I have checked all the rhodo bushes and we seem to have plenty of buds for next spring, watering them during the drought has certainly helped them hang onto their flower buds.
Rosa glauca is looking very autumnal with all its hips and the leaves are starting to turn yellow.
Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens hardly ever changes through the year, this is my big rug of it in the gravel garden at the back.
Darmera peltata has recovered well from the drought when they were lying on the ground. Here they contrast with Stipa arundinacea which is behind it.
Houttuynia cordata Chameleon which I found when I did some cutting back, I’d forgotten that I had planted it there!
Climbing up the kitchen wall is Cotoneaster horizontalis which is now covered with red berries that make it look really autumnal. I wonder how long they will last with all the greedy blackbirds that we have?
Box cubes in the making. There are 7 down the border by the drive. They are still fairly new and they have all been grown from cuttings. They have reached the required height but now have to fill out a bit sideways, maybe another year or two before they are the required shape.
P.S. Look who has returned to the garden, my old friend the Jersey Tiger Moth. I wonder if he/she has been here all the time and I just haven’t seen it, nice to know that it likes Eupatorium too.
Do you have any signs of autumn in your garden yet?
Thanks once more to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting this Foliage meme, please pay her a visit to see other foliage in different parts of the world.