I was once again, too soon to post about my acers final fling. If I had waited another couple of days, the final colours would have been showing, a real Wow with burnt orange blazing in the back garden.
The light was just right when I turned around while sweeping up leaves. I quickly downed the rake and went and fetched the camera.
Again,a dark background shows the leaves off beautifully, I noticed this at Westonbirt, they all look better with an evergreen behind them.
From underneath, the colours have taken a long while to change.
The best view is from one of the back bedroom windows where you are looking slightly down on all the leaves.
A real Wow at last! I really wish I knew which variety this tree is, it is truly wonderful at this time of year.
Other trees and shrubs are also showing their autumn colours.
The small tree, hybrid of an oak and beech, that isn’t so small any more, by the front drive is now joining in with the acers.
The beech hedge with a camellia, in the front garden always pleases me.
It also contrasts nicely with the Mahonia Charity.
Not mine, but next doors Acer is peeping over the wall!
More beech, this time up at the top of the garden next to the field.
This hazel hedge is on top of a Devon bank that forms the boundary to the veggie garden. It was laid a good few years ago, I think it needs doing again. Another job for Neil this winter I hope! I don’t know if it forms nuts, I hope it does so that it can feed my dormice.
Acer campestre or Field Maple is the common tree in the hedges round the village here. This is behind the bog garden, but is a large tree, not part of a hedge.
The leaves are just as pretty as their hybridised cousins.
Evergreens are also adding their contribution to the garden at the moment.
Melianthus major has such beautiful leaves but I have protection in place for the root ball.
The birds spread Arum italicum marmoratum round the garden, but it is very welcome as we always seem to have their stunning leaves.
Ilex Golden King shines brightly in the sunshine and asks to be admired.
Young foliage of Eucalyptus gunnii contrasting with foliage of Cotinus Grace.
Fatshedera variegata catching the light and looking very shiny in a dull, shady corner.
I had to include the box balls in a foliage post, they are the mainstay of the front garden during the winter when the roses are having their rest.
The junipers and Lonicera baggesens gold join the box balls so that I have something interesting to look at while washing the dishes in the winter.
View over the fields from the landing window. This was taken with a telephoto lens so it all looks much closer than it really is. The green of the summer has gone for another year.
Foliage forms the backdrop to the garden all year round, as far as the evergreens are concerned but it is the deciduous leaves that give the garden its sparkle at this time of year. Gradually the colours change, depending on the weather, sometimes early, sometimes later, this year they are quite a bit later than usual. Then all of a sudden, one day you notice that the leaves have dropped and a lot more light is getting into the garden. This is good for all the late winter/ early spring flowers that are poised, waiting for just the right conditions, so that they can start the gardening year all over again.
I was thinking that I might have a month without too much gardening before having to get ready for the snowdrops. Look what I found the other day when wandering in the woodland!!!
Snowdrops in November, unheard of here, my earliest ones are supposed to flower round about Christmas time, obviously no rest for the wicked!
I’m linking this post with Christina’s Foliage Day at My Hesperides Garden, please pay her a visit and see the colour in her garden.