Hopefully this will work after a fraught time with my laptop being clogged up with photos. Thankfully my lovely daughter visited from Bristol yesterday and moved to a hard drive, would you believe, over 31,000 photos, no wonder my laptop was clogged up and I couldn’t do anything! I would think that 95% of which are photos of flowers, hopefully I will never get into that situation again. I know that I will have to bite the bullet and get a new laptop fairly soon, this one is 13 yrs old, but can put off the dreaded day for a bit longer now.
My six or so are all of autumn tints, which are looking gorgeous at the moment, I always say that November is such a colourful month, with leaves providing the colour instead of flowers.
This is where we left off last time, Acer palmatum Westonbirt Spreading Star looking its wonderful best, such a beautiful blend of colours. Then came Storm Ciaran and the next day all the leaves were lying on the gravel- thanks Ciaran!
This is Acer palmatum Sango Kaku at the far side of the woodland. The leaves are green all summer and then turn a lovely delicate buttery yellow at this time of year.
An extra plus for this variety of Acer is that the branches are a beautiful coral colour which is noticeable after the leaves eventually fall.
The Horse Chestnut or Aesculus, trees in the garden are taking on a lovely orange colour. The last 2 yrs when we have had droughts in the summer, the leaves have just turned brown and fallen very early.
With having such a wet summer, and autumn, there has been no problem with the leaves this year, they are hanging on much longer than usual, thank goodness.
I think this Acer is the straight Acer palmatum. It was here before we were so is now about 35 yrs old and I have seen it grow from about 3ft high to maybe 20ft now!
The branches that catch the morning sun change to a deeper colour than the rest of the tree and end up bright orange.
Up at the top of the garden where I have been making my new bit, I have a large pot with Acer palmatum dissectum Atropurpureum in it. All summer it has been a purple colour but gradually it has changed.
Now it is a beautiful pink/red to equal A, Osakazuki, but this one will I think stay quite small, I will be planting it in the ground soon.
And now to my all time favourite, Acer palmatum Osakazuki. All summer the foliage has been the usual green, then all of a sudden things start changing.
Day by day the leaves became more khaki coloured with just a hint of what’s to come.
Then eventually the leaves reach their climax and everyone just stands and says Wow! The window cleaner, the gardener, the handyman and my visitors. They all asked”How long will it last like that” but it is now in the lap of the Gods as to how long I will be able to enjoy the spectacle. The leaves survived the gales the other day, but we have more coming tonight into Sunday , but hopefully the tree is well protected where it is and they will last a bit longer before I have to rake them all up!
No 6 A few long views.
Acer palmatum and A. Osakazuki by the entrance to the woodland. A. Osakazuki is taller than me now.
Prunus Kojo no Mai in the foreground with Acers in the background.
Who can say that November is a dull boring month in the garden, with so much colour from the foliage, it is just as colourful as spring but in a different way. Here we have Viburnum plicatum Lanarth in the left foreground, Prunus Kojo no Mai in the centre, back left is the Horse Chestnut and then my 2 Acers by the woodland entrance.
Sorry, quite a bit more than the normal six, hope I will be forgiven for making up for a no show last week! Thanks must go to my daughter Rachael, couldn’t have done this post without you. Thanks also to Jim as usual at Garden Ruminations for organising, where we can see gardens from around the world.