We have been having a warm spell this week with just the occasional light shower, much warmer than we normally have in October. Signs of autumn are all about us though with more berries on the trees and shrubs and more leaves starting to change colour. Mornings are very dark now, soon the clocks will go back and that will be the sign to hunker down and stay in bed when I wake up early. My six are as follows…..
No 1….. Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade
This is the first time my little shrub has made its attractive fruits, even though it was planted at least 5 yrs ago. In a few years, when it grows a bit more, it will look stunning, just inside the entrance to the woodland.
No 2…Acer Osakazuki
Acer Osakazuki seeds are looking promising, must try sowing some this year.We found a tiny seedling growing in heavy clay, so have potted it up and will wait and see what colour the green leaves turn in a few weeks, will it be a seedling of my favourite Osakazuki? It will be a few more weeks before the leaves of this tree turn their wonderful pink/red.
No 3……Geranium procurrens
Geranium procurrens ( I think) which was bought as Ann Folkard, takes over the driveway border at this time of year. We pull most of it out in the spring, to give the rest of the planting a chance, but the few that are left behind really make a statement at the moment, right through the border with the seeded asters.
No 4…..Cotoneaster horizontalis
The cotoneaster is covered with berries, I wonder how long they will last? It is usually the blackbirds that eat them all, usually in just a few days.
No 5…..Berberis atropurpurea
The berberis on the front drive is now covered in lovely red berries. The leaves have all dropped so they show up very well. All these berries are usually eaten by Redwings and Fieldfares which are winter migrants that come before the icy weather from the Siberia!
No 6……Taxus baccata
This yew is in the corner of the back garden and is decorated with lots of tiny red berries, it seems to think that Christmas has come early! I’m not sure who eats these and drops the seed around the garden, I sometimes find some seedlings, but never enough to make a yew hedge!
These are my 6 for this week, very much an autumnal offering. A large order of plants arrived yesterday so I know what I’ll be doing today, my back is aching just at the thought! Many thanks to Jon The Propagator for hosting this, do pop over to see what else is going on in gardens around the world.