Another week of sunshine and rain, with more rain I think than sunshine. In spite of this I have managed a fair amount of gardening, cutting back, potting up more bulbs, planting plants and photographing plants ready for today. The garden here is a bit dark at the moment as the sun has dropped behind the ancient trees that are growing on the south side of the house and I won’t see the sunshine properly until the leaves fall once more in just a few more weeks.
In my hedge by the field is Viburnum bodnantense Dawn which has started flowering for the winter. We will have blossom depending on the weather. If we manage to be frost free, then we will have lovely perfumed blossom all through until Spring.
The driveway border is looking very different now that all nine of the Cornus alba sibirica shrubs are changing their leaves from green to purple. I hope they last for a while and we don’t get any stong winds to make them fall.
The fruit have split open on my Euonymus hamiltonianus in the woodland. We can all see that orange and pink go very well together, we should plant them more often together and take our cue from nature!
Just starting to turn is Acer palmatum Osakazuki which will end up bright pink in a couple of weeks time. This time last year she had reached her climax by now, but the leaves were rather shrivelled because of the summer drought. Hopefully this year, with all the rain, the leaves will last longer.
Quietly changing colour in the woodland is Acer palmatum Sango Kaku, from the green of summer to the buttery yellow of autumn. This ones leaves dried to a crisp last year and by this time they were just brown, such a shame, but much better this year.
I think Acer palmatum Westonbirt Spreading Star has reached it’s peak colouring now and I am so pleased with it.
The colours are so bright, with the yellows and oranges shining out with the pinkish red, such a beautiful shrub, I think you might have guessed how pleased I am with it, my new favourite!
We have more rain forecast for today, but if it is clear this evening, there will be a partial eclipse of the moon between 8.30 and 9pm, wonder if the rain will have stopped by then? The garden is sodden, but I am doing what I can from the paths. The woodland isn’t so wet so I can always go there and do more weeding to get ready for snowdrop time! Thanks to Jim once again at Garden Ruminations where you can see gardens from around the world.