Sunny days and cold nights are the trigger for the autumn tints to start. Some of my trees and bushes are still waiting, I suppose the night time temperatures have to drop a little further before the chlorophyll switches off. There are plenty of signs though that changes are taking place, starting with the Amelanchier at the right hand end of the bog garden.
It doesn’t seem very long ago that this was just a tiny seedling by the back door, now it is taller than the house!
The Cornus sibirica Westonbirt has changed to its beautiful burgundy colour. They have been this colour for a couple of weeks now and it all depends on the weather how long the leaves will remain.
I look forward to this stunning blaze of colour every year. We usually have it for about a month before the leaves drop and we are left with the bare red stems over winter.
Cyclamen leaves are so very pretty, with such variation among the leaves. My silver leaved one is seeding around and coming up amongst the other darker leaves.
In the bed round the dead oak we have on the left, a purple Berberis next to Euonymous Emerald Gaiety. Behind the Euonymous are the autumn colours of Vibernum plicatum Maresii which is in front of Miscanthus sinensis Variegata.
Another view of the central bed with the Viburnum, miscanthus and in this view you can see the Myrtle tree with its white flowers forming a dark green background for the miscanthus.
In the foreground is Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus. The background has a Cornus tree next to the Pampas grass, in front of which is the yellow foliage of Euphorbia griffithii Dixter.
At the front left is a Phlomis, the seedheads are good hibernating places for ladybirds. The yellow is Euphorbia griffithii Dixter. Behind the Phlomis is Golden rod which has now finished flowering, there is a fastigiate purple berberis in the centre with the Cornus tree on it’s left and the pampas on its right. The shrub at the right hand edge is the spirea which is getting out of hand and will have to go, I can’t be doing with plants that can’t behave. This corner is looking a bit squashed, must do some editing.
I noticed in the woodland that a some of the ferns were still looking rather nice.
The cyclamen are coming up through the mat of Maidenhair fern and I think they look lovely together.
By the front entrance, the cherry tree is sporting it’s autumn colours, but the first gale will blow them all away, I hope we have them for a while yet.
Starting at the left with Pittosporum Irene Patterson, with a purple Phormium to its right, then Prunus Kojo-no-mai and a tree heath. In front is my variegated yucca with Darmera peltatum on its right. Behind is the border which separates the woodland from the garden. All these colours show why I love October!
I will have to wait till next month before I can show you the Acers in all their glory, they have just about started changing colour, but they still have a long way to go yet.
Many thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden who hosts this monthly Foliage meme, do please pay her a visit to see other foliage from round the world.