Six on Saturday. 20.08.2022.

This week has flown by, don’t know why, but I can’t believe it is Saturday again already. The garden is looking very autumnal which is reflected in my choice of six photos, there isn’t much left worthy of being photographed because of the drought. We have had a little bit of much needed rain, but need so much more, but it is a little cooler thank goodness. Here are my six for this week.

No 1.

My Amelanchier is showing its autumnal finery, colouring up beautifully with all the sunshine, much earlier than usual.

Such lovely russet tones in the Amelanchier leaves, looking very pretty in the sunlight.

No 2.

Acer Sango Kaku in the woodland usually turns the most beautiful, delicate, buttery yellow in the autumn, this year it has just turned brown! The orange leaves at its feet are from one of the huge chestnut trees. At least I won’t have as many leaves to sweep up in the winter this year if they all come down early!

Not a very pretty colour for autumn, hope it has its usual colour next year.

No 3

Honesty in the woodland, getting ready to drop its seed, must catch some before they all fall in the same place. I thought some more plants would look nice in the new Acer glade that I’m making.

No 4

Kniphofia by the front drive, but only one spike this year and only half the size, usually it has at least 4 spikes, must need more TLC.

No 5

A very unexpected flower on the Wisteria which is climbing up the garage wall. Just the one flower which looks rather pathetic all by itself.

No 6

More Acer leaves, this time from the large Acer by the archway into the woodland. This one usually turns bright orange, I can see that the drought this summer is going to spoil the wonderful colours that I usually have each autumn. These leaves have just turned grey and dropped straight away.

It’s not all doom and gloom though, Acer Osakazuki is looking fine, so I hopefully will still have a blaze of red/pink in my back border later in the year! This Acer doesn’t have any ancient tree roots near it sucking up all the moisture, so hopefully will hang onto its leaves for a bit longer.

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10 Responses to Six on Saturday. 20.08.2022.

  1. Rosie says:

    I must say, the cooler temperature are most welcome. I am sure things will pick up with a drop more rain for us all.

    • Pauline says:

      It will have to be even cooler before I do any serious gardening Rosie! We haven’t had much rain so far, but more is hopefully on the way.

  2. Denise says:

    Considering it is only the middle of August your garden really is starting to look Autumnal Pauline. I love the honesty seedheads and I am sure they will look lovely in the new Acer glade. Keeping my fingers crossed for more rain for you Pauline.

    • Pauline says:

      I think the garden has given up Denise, must make sure that I don’t! We are supposed to be getting rain tonight and tomorrow, I hope it turns up and doesn’t miss us again. Tha back lawn is covered with leaves again so must get out today and rake them up, this is normally an October/November job!

  3. snowbird says:

    Goodness, an early autumn for sure. Leaves are dropping here too…xxx

    • Pauline says:

      They keep promising us rain Dina, but it never comes, I can see the rain clouds over the hills but they don’t come here! All the chestnut leaves are down now and most of the acers. I must do a rain dance soon!x

  4. Frank says:

    Good luck on the rain front. I hate to see all the leaves browning and dropping rather than taking your garden into autumn. Things are coloring up early here as well, but so far the leaf drop hasn’t been too bad.

    • Pauline says:

      We have had lovely gentle rain on and off all day today Frank, which has been good for the garden, but I can’t see that it will have made any difference to my water butts. I think I will have to forego my autumn colours this year unfortunately and start concentrating on what to plant for next spring, and then hope that next autumn will be different!

  5. Cathy says:

    A very autumnal six, Pauline! How well does the honesty grow in your woodland? Must go and look at my amelanchier as I am now wondering if mine is colouring up yet. Interesting, the witch hazel of mine that had lost all its leaves has now got a whole new clutch of them, much to my surprise.

    • Pauline says:

      Autumn is definitely early this year Cathy! The honesty certainly seems very happy in the woodland and has sedded into quite a large area which is very pretty at the moment, shining out of the dark corner where it is. I’m sure most of our plants will cope, it’s just a question of wait and see what comes back next year, I don’t think the camellias and rhododendrons will have many flowers though, next years buds will have been aborted unfortunately.

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