Even though its getting darker and colder, although yesterday was so warm,20C, there are still things to see in the garden that make me smile as I have my daily wander. We had a yellow flood warning for yesterday, but didn’t see much rain, thank goodness! Still a few more plants to be brought in before our first frost which is due tonight, I think I will have them all under cover just in time! My six are as follows…..
Mahonia Soft Caress has decided to flower at last. It was planted 3 yrs ago and this year, the flowering is slow to get started. By this time last year it was well into flowering by now.
Mahonia nitans Cabaret is having a second flowering, even better than the first, this time there are 4 flower spikes, opening up orange from dark purple buds.
Do you remember me showing you lots of tiny acorn like fruits on my big yew tree earlier? They have now turned into thousands of lovely red berries and it now looks as though it is already decorated for Christmas!
The tree is now absolutely covered with red berries, never seen so many before. A song thrush was gorging itself the other day, along with 5 or 6 blackbirds and a small willow warbler. My tree needs a serious cutting back, but I will wait until the birds have finished all the fruit before asking my gardener to tackle it.
I think it was Tuesday when I woke up to thick fog. Just what I was waiting for, fog to spangle the spiders webs so they looked as though they were decorated with diamonds!
So many to choose from, but I think this one is the best, swinging between the grass heads of Stipa gigantea.!
Autumn tints are developing around the garden, this is Viburnum plicatum Lanarth, but doesn’t seem to have the second flowering of V.p.Mariesii.
I’m used to Viburnum plicatum Mariesii having a second burst of flowers, she does look rather lovely along with her change of leaf colour.
Just when I thought everything was coming to an end, out pops a lovely blue flower on my Ceratostigma. I really need to move this, I think I said that last year, I mean it this year as the flowers seem to form on the ends of the stems and it is getting in the way, reaching across the path.
I have a feeling that you might get a bit fed up with seeing my new Acer, but the change in leaf colour is really amazing, just one more branch to change. I have to check on it each day and really enjoy looking at it, it is so beautiful, such a lovely shape.
As well as the leaves changing colour, the stems have changed too, they are now all the same colour of the leaves, isn’t nature wonderful!
Those are my six for this week, I found 2 more, a salvia and an iris, but they will have to wait for next week. It was colder last night just 7C instead of the 17C that we have been having and hopefully we will have a rain free morning so that I can get the rest of my plants safely under cover before the frost tonight. Thanks to Jim for organising us at Garden Ruminations where you can see gardens from around the world.