Slowly, day by day, Acer Osakazuki is changing colour. It is taking such a long time this year, probably because it has stayed warm at night time for so long this year. It is just this last week that we have been having much cooler temperatures at night time and the experts say that it is the difference between the daytime and night time temperatures which switches off the chlorophyll and shows the other colours that have been underneath the green colour all summer.
I’ve been coming out every few days to photograph Osakazuki just in case the winds blow all the leaves away.
This photo was taken on 8th of November and I think we are almost there, some leaves have achieved their red/pink colouring, others will need a few more days.
The few leaves that have turned their final colour are such a vibrant red, we can’t miss them from the sitting room window.
The Acer at the far side of the woodland is A. Sango Kaku and contrasts with A. Osakazuki in the foreground. The evergreen bush behind A Sango kaku is a Bay tree, or it would be if we let it grow. This was here before we arrived and it makes a nice evergreen bush to contrast with the acer in front.
With visiting gardens in autumn time, I very quickly learnt that evergreens were needed to contrast with the autumn colours, the bush in front of the Acer is a rhododendron.
Acer Sango Kaku starts out pale yellow in the spring, then turns green for the summer and finally goes buttery yellow. As the days go by, the yellow is fading making the leaves look ever so delicate. When these leaves finally fall, the newish stems are coral coloured and this colour lasts all winter
Coming back out of the woodland, the light was shining through some of the leaves of Acer Osakazuki, such a stunning colour.
The wind is already bringing down the lovely leaves, I do hope they last a bit longer.
Sunshine through the leaves of Osakazuki with Sango Kaku in the background.
Our third Acer, photographed from an upstairs window, on the left of the archway, was planted by the previous people. It was about 3 ft tall when we came, but now must be about 15ft. This is always the last Acer to change colour and I noticed yesterday that it had started to change from the top downwards, it will end up a lovely warm orange colour.
I think the lovely autumn colours are about a month behind last year, simply because it stayed so warm in October, especially at night time, when the temperatures hardly changed at all. Now we are having colder nights, sometimes down to 3C, the colours will soon change and hopefully won’t be blown away before we can enjoy them.