I have to admit that last weekend, when we heard the weather forecast for this coming week, I thought I had better get out into the garden and photograph the leaves before they all blew away, just as well I did. We have had such gales ,floods and torrential rain for the past couple of days, that most of the trees are now looking rather bare, just the huge oaks hanging on to their leaves. This is the view last Sunday from the side of the house, looking through to the back, it looks totally different now.
This photo show the top of the garden, at the side, which shows the trees beyond the pond and veggie garden, borrowed scenery.
Our beech hedge, at the side by the field, is now turning colour and will remain brown all winter, hanging on to its leaves until the new green ones come through next spring. This was planted before I read that beech doesn’t like heavy clay, apparently I should have planted hornbeam instead. Thank goodness my beech plants haven’t read the books!
Cotoneaster horizontalis has lost all its berries now and the leaves are giving us a final display before dropping.
I can’t do a post about foliage without including my lovely acers. Last month they weren’t ready, the colours hadn’t developed properly, but the leaves are now falling and for a while, until they are raked up, make the lawn look very pretty.
My favourite of the three that I have, Acer Osakazuki, its only a small tree so far, and has lost its leader, but I’m hoping another will form.
The leaves are so beautiful and turn such a bright red, eventually they are almost fuchsia pink before they fall, a real wow for November!
The leaves also make a nice contrast with the euonymous underneath, wish I had trimmed it before taking its photo!
The other side of the archway from Osakazuki is this acer that was here before us. When we came here it was about 2ft tall, my, how its grown. It also had coral spot on the trunk, out came the gardening books and I read that the treatment is to cut out the affected piece of wood, but that would mean cutting the trunk down almost to the ground which I certainly didn’t want to do.
Instead of cutting it down, I got an old kitchen knife and scraped the bark away that had the coral spot on it and then hoped for the best. The vertical split is where I scraped it, since then it has just grown and grown and now rewards me every autumn with beautiful orange leaves. It must be over 12ft by now.
In the woodland strip is my 3rd Acer, this time Sango Kaku, which turns a lovely buttery yellow and has coral coloured young branches.Or is this my favourite, I can never decide! Next to it, we have a witch hazel which I’m now thinking has been planted too close for comfort.
The delicate leaves show up beautifully in the sunshine against the Bay bush behind it.
This is the first Acer to change colour here and the first to lose its leaves. When we look out across the back lawn , for a short time it looks as though the lights have been switched on in the woodland, we enjoy it while we can knowing it won’t last for very long.
Just a general view of the woodland from an upstairs window, such a difference in a few days, no Acer leaves left now.
This is Hamamellis mollis Pallida which is next to Sango Kaku. As well as enjoying the lovely leaves at the moment, I noticed that it is covered with flower buds, so there should be a good display in just a few weeks time in the New Year!
By the front door I planted a purple berberis, a golden elm and a small tree whose name I have forgotten! The purple berberis has now turned very red, the golden elm, Ulnus Dicksonii or Cornish Golden Elm has leaves now that are paler than in the summer and my other tree which has brown leaves is a cross between an English oak and ( I think) a copper beech. Its just dawned on me that it will probably grow far too big for where I have it!!! The leaves are a dark purple/ brown during the summer, they are now just brown. The tree has fruits the same as a beech tree, but the leaves are like small oak leaves, can anyone help with the name please?
This is the only downside to all the lovely coloured leaves, we will still be sweeping up into the New Year so that our snowdrops can pop up without being smothered by leaves, the bonus is lots of lovely leaf mould in just a year!
I will finish with a shot from the balcony of one of our Chestnuts with contrasting bushes beneath. The bushes are about 6ft tall, and are cotoneaster, variegated laurel and a cedar bush, which should give you some idea of the size of the tree. In the bed in front are from the left, pittosporum, phormium, Prunus Ko jo no mai and a tree heath.
We might not have many flowers out in November but we have certainly not been short of colour. I have been adding plants over the years that have autumn colour as well as interest earlier in the year and now that they are growing larger, we are getting the benefit. I think I can now say that November is a wonderfully colourful month just from the foliage and I will never think of it as being dull and dreary ever again!
Thanks must go to Christina at myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com for hosting Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, do pop over to her site to see all the other foliage from round the world.