No, I don’t mean the things that go bang in the night, just the beautiful colours that are now being revealed as the green colour in the leaves is turned off and we are able to see all the different underlying colours. The ‘experts’ say that it is warm sunny days and cold nights that trigger this process. We have had some sunny days but I can’t say the nights have been too cold so far. Everywhere seems to have a golden glow from all the yellow leaves at the moment. We start with the view from inside one of the kitchen windows, nearly all foliage, but I think still interesting.
This is the view from just outside the back door looking towards the field, still just the fuchsia and hydrangea flowering, but plenty of foliage interest.
The border at the front, which for half the year is the bee and butterfly border, takes on a completely different look at this time of year. The Cornus sibirica Westonbirt bushes which form a backdrop to the summer flowers, now change from dull green to the richest burgundy that absolutely glows in the sunlight.
The lovely colour in the autumn really is a bonus. The shrubs of Cornus Westonbirt were bought to give interest from November to March with the bright red stems contrasting with the silver birches beside them. We were very surprised and delighted the first year when we the leaves turned such a lovely purple.
It’s even better if you can get behind the shrubs to see the sunlight coming through the leaves, reminds me of a stained glass window.
Is this a huge Venus fly trap, no, just the cherry tree by the front gate. It’s only when looking at the photos that I noticed the spiky edging, hadn’t seen them when passing nearly every day!
The lovely colours don’t last very long, the first gale will blow them all away.
More burgundy, this time on a small azalea which we planted about 3 yrs ago, it looks really pretty with the sun shining on it.
Foliage in the ditch now showing their autumn colours, the ferns are gradually fading, becoming more the colour of honey as the days go by.
My favourite fern in the bog garden, Matteuccia struthiopteris, winding down and becoming quite pale before it will eventually collapse in a heap!
Geranium magnificum certainly is magnificum, what a gorgeous colour.
Almost brown, the burgundy is so dark on the leaves of Viburnum plicatum Maresii.
Autumn tints have come to the pond area with this Rodgersia, contrasting with all the green around it.
Also contrasting with its neighbours is the Japanese painted fern, but no autumn tints here, this is the colour it has been since it emerged in spring.
More dogwoods in the side border by the field are contrasting with the yellow privet and the lovely white bark of Betula utilis jaquemontii.
Acer Sango kaku has started to change, it will end up pale buttery yellow. The other 2 Acers that we have in the woodland haven’t started to change yet, so they will have to wait for next months foliage day.
We have completed a circle round the garden and are back to the seedling silver birch by the back door which really glows when the sun is shining.
This tree is one of my favourites in the garden and it was free! It arrived as a seedling and soon grew to its present height. It seeds around like mad, I’m always pulling out its offspring otherwise I would live in a silver birch forest!
This is the birds perching post before coming down to the feeder below, we have been amazed at how many birds rest here to check that the coast is clear and they are safe from the sparrow hawk that whizzes round the house.
The colours of autumn are getting better and better each day, this is one of the reasons that I love living in this country. We usually experience four distinct seasons, this year spring seems to have extended into autumn and almost bypassed summer except for three weeks in September. Hopefully the wonderful colours will last a few more weeks before we are in the grip of winter! Thanks must go to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting this Foliage Day once more, do visit to see foliage from round the world at the moment.