Another warm week has gone by with showers and sunshine, its been more like September than November and the grass has kept growing and the leaves keep falling. I am spending most of my time raking leaves to rot down in a corner of the woodland and make wonderful leaf mould. I look at my huge trees and see that there are still so many leaves to come down, I will be at it for a good few more weeks. In the meantime, lets see what is standing out in the garden at the moment.
I’ll start with a tree that I have by the front drive, which I think is a cross between and English oak and an American beech, each year we get lovely orange leaves before they fall.
These leaves have now fallen on the drive. I think I read somewhere that the cross was made at the wedding of Winston Churchill to his American bride, Clemantine. The leaves are like small oak leaves but for the rest of the year they are the colour of a copper beech.
Mahonia Charity is looking good in various parts of the garden.
At the side by the field, Viburnum bodnantense Dawn will now be flowering on and off all winter.
If I can find flowers at nose level, there is a most beautiful perfume.
Waiting to be planted in the new Acer glade is this lovely dissected variety. Purple leaves all year then suddenly they turn to fuchsia pink! I thought I had lost this one in a pot during the summer when we had the drought as all the leaves dropped, but with a bit of TLC, they all returned thank goodness.
The last of the Acer Osakazuki leaves, the others have all dropped on the back lawn and been raked away to form leaf mould. There are lots of seeds on the tree so I must try sowing them and see what I get.
A little shrub of Ruscus aculeatus or Butchers Broom in the woodland has lovely red berries at this time of year. I wonder how long it will be before the birds find them.
There we have my six for this week, we did have a frost last night, it will be our first for this winter, a month later than usual.
Thanks go to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting, do pay him a visit to see gardens from around the world are showing this week.