On one hand the colourful leaves are telling me that the gardening year is almost at an end, they are falling each day and soon the trees will be bare, ready for winter. On the other hand, some plants wait until now to wake up and produce their flowers, they must like the shorter days and colder temperatures, even frost.
The tall nameless Acer coloured up nicely before the leaves started to fall. I think about half the leaves have fallen now, still more to go though.
My favourite, Acer Osakazuki, reached its potential before shedding some of its leaves. The ones that are left now look a bit burnt by the wind that we have been having.
This is where a lot of the leaves are now though!
But look….I was delighted to see lots of seeds hanging on the tree, I must collect some and try growing more Acers!
All these leaves have been swept away and piled in the woodland where they will rot down in a year to be put back as a mulch on my snowdrops and hellebores. The garden looked really neat and tidy for all of 2 days before the next leaves came down!
This tiny plant, Claytonia, is growing on the rockery and has been flowering since about May, it always looks so fresh and springlike. I can’t believe it is still flowering.
The first of the new flowers was spotted one day last week when I got out of the car, Iris unguicularis Walter Butt, sheltering behind one of my box cubes. It looks so delicate, so springlike, the petals don’t look strong enough to withstand winter gales.
Just starting to flower by the front door is the winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum.
So far all my new flowers seem to be in the front border, this is Mahonia Charity which will be in flower for a long time.
The bush, Bodnantense Dawn , in the border by the field, is covered in flowers at the moment. This shrub will flower on and off all winter as long as the frost isn’t too severe.
Almost but not quite, it will probably be a week or two before my Chaenomeles hedge by the back door starts flowering. It is covered with lovely fat buds at the moment but I wonder how long I will have to wait.
Another flower which is still thinking about opening is my variegated Yucca. I don’t think it will be long before the flower buds start opening, the last frost didn’t seem to harm it, so I hope the next one won’t , whenever it comes!
I seem to be spending most of my time raking leaves, but had a change yesterday and decided to start clearing the rockery of weeds. I have found lots of foxglove seedlings so they can be moved to my shady borders, then I should have room to plant all my spring bulbs! I find this a very busy time of year, cutting back, weeding, clearing leaves and planting bulbs, I keep telling myself it will all be worth it next year, what do you think?!