The warm weather has continued, but now we are having torrential rain each night so the garden is absolutely sodden and even flooded in places. Warm sunshine during the day is wonderful of course but having higher than average temperatures at night, means that most of the beautiful autumn colours are absent so far, they come when the temperature drops right down at night.
My six for Saturday are as follows….
No 1 Horse Chestnut tree.
The horse chestnuts in the back garden are showing signs of autumn, but no conkers, where are they all? Normally I have loads of them on the back lawn and have to put up with the squirrels digging holes everywhere to bury them! Not this year though, I wonder why.
No 2 Iris unguicularis Walter Butt.
At the side of the driveway, sheltered behind one of my box cubes, is Iris Walter Butt. I always get a lovely surprise when he starts flowering, then continues on and off all winter, he must be a lot tougher than he looks!
No 3 Ilex Golden King.
Golden King holly is decorated ready for Christmas. I showed you this a while ago, but the berries were just yellow then, they have now changed to red and there are so many of them, I hope the birds leave a few for me to enjoy!
No 4 Geranium Rozanne.
Geranium Rozanne has flowered all summer and shows no sign of stopping yet.
The flowers are such a beautiful blue and contrast with all the yellowing foliage around them.
No 5 Acer Osakazuki.
Normally at this time of year I’m showing photos of my favourite Acer Osakazuki in all its autumn glory with bright pink/red leaves, not this year though! I only have a couple of leaves that have changed colour, the rest of the tree is way behind, maybe by next week?
No 6 Taxus baccata.
The yew in the corner of the back garden is well and truly decorated ready for Christmas! Just think, if the birds eat all these berries and the seed gets dropped where it can germinate, I’m going to be able to plant my hedge after all!
Those are my six for today, thanks again to Jon The Propagator for hosting, do pay him a visit to see what is happening in gardens round the world.