The sun is shining today and the garden sparkles with colour. I always used to think that November was a wet, dull , cold month, but this year I have had to change my opinion. We normally have a lot of rain in November, but not this month, we have had a few frosts, but nothing serious, just enough to make the leaves look more interesting.
One of next door’s Acer leaves which has dropped in our garden.
A Prunus leaf by the front entrance, it almost looks as though it has teeth round the edge.
Ophiopogon looks as though it has a silvery sheen with the frost.
Everywhere I looked, some of the leaves had their dusting of frost, in this case a hydrangea.
The hellebore leaves were looking lovely with their frosty coating.
Poor Bonica, after flowering non stop from June….
…..it had to come to an end. The flowers are now rather brown and messy, I will have to finally cut it back.
But at the other side of the garden Rosa Brother Cadfael is untouched by the frost as are the flowers behind of Viburnum bodnantense New Dawn.
After the frost, the sun comes out and it is soon surprisingly mild. My other two acers have lost most of their leaves now but Osakazuki is holding onto hers and they glow in the sunshine……..
……..especially if you can get underneath!
There are trees and shrubs in the garden that are looking very golden at the moment. I’ve never really had so many glowing in the sunshine before, the autumn tints have been wonderful this year, maybe it is all the sunshine we have been having lately that has emphasised the colours. This is a field maple which is beyond the top of the garden where the veggies usually are, Acer campestre.
I am finding seedlings in various parts of the garden which I think will have to be trimmed to keep them to a manageable size. The wood from Acer campestre is used for making violins.
If they aren’t trimmed when young, they grow rather huge like this one at the back of the bog garden, the books say they grow to 25m tall. Please excuse the bin bag covering my carving!
I found this very spindly specimen in the woodland, at the right hand side, growing almost horizontally. I think this one can be cut back and used as hardwood cuttings, I can grow my own hedge if they take!
At the left hand side of the woodland, I found this tiny specimen growing right next to one of our huge oaks. I have been told that Purple Hairstreak butterflies live at the top of oaks and ash, we have quite a few of each, this morning I read that the butterflies also feed on the honeydew that Field Maple leaves produce, another reason for letting them grow in the garden here.
And the smallest seedling of all. I only noticed all these seedlings because they are such a beautiful colour. Our village is full of hedges and trees of Acer campestre so driving through now is as colourful as the next village which has its beeches.
Lastly, when the sun gets round to the front border, there is so much colour now with the bright red stems of my favourite Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt, with the bright white of the trunk of Betula papyrifera.
Further down the border are 3 small trees of Betula utilis jaquemontii with the cornus. These are planted along the drive and greet me each time I go in and out during the winter, they brighten up a dull day!
Well that concludes the wander round my garden today in lovely warming sunshine, I just can’t believe it is December tomorrow!
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