The twenty second of the month is Garden Bloggers Foliage Day. Lots of the leaves have fallen already and the trees and other plants are just the bare skeleton which will last until March when they start sprouting again. Some plants though are hanging on to their leaves and giving a wonderful finale to the year before they finally fall.
The beech hedge at the side by the field is now assuming lovely colours before it eventually goes brown, these leaves will stay all winter and only drop when the new leaves come through in spring. I had to plant a hedge here because the easterly winter winds coming across the field was bitter and burnt the leaves of the evergreens at the other side of the garden, now the wind is filtered it does far less damage.
Another hedge, this time on top of the Devon bank in the fruit and vegetable garden. The Dormouse should like this one as it is a hazel hedge and I noticed a few hazel nuts a couple of months ago. The nuts have now vanished so I hope the Dormouse enjoyed them! This hedge was laid a few years ago and I think it is now time for its first trim.
Still holding on, I showed this Viburnum plicatus Maresii last month and the leaves are still there. Some of the leaves have still to change colour, they are lasting for such a long time.
Also by the field but down near the greenhouse, is a mixed hedge forming a tapestry of colour and texture. There is a holly, juniper, beech and cedar, with Betula jaquemontii and Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt in front adding extra colour.
In the front garden is another beech hedge which helps to hide the Calor gas tank. These leaves will also be with us through the winter, but will have faded to brown. In front of the hedge is my camellia which was a lot taller and had a severe haircut when “he who shall be nameless” took the hedge trimmer to it because he thought it was a laurel and he was trimming laurel at the time! Fortunately I can see lots of flower buds so all is not lost!
I hope that now I have saved the best till last. This is the view from one of the spare bedrooms and what we see when we are passing the door.
The colours of all three acers have been deepening as the days have gone by. Neither of us can remember the leaves being such a deep colour before.
The view from the back bedroom window shows the deeper colours on the top of the tree, underneath the leaves are a much paler colour.
I wish I knew the name of this Acer, it was planted by the previous people and was only about 3 ft high when we moved in. The leaves are such a beautiful colour and I’m so pleased that they have hung on for so long, considering how much torrential rain and strong winds that we have had recently, each morning I have got up and expected to see them all on the lawn.
The leaves of Acer Sango Kaku in the woodland, are getting paler and paler each day. Usually the leaves of this Acer have dropped by the time the orange one colours up, I don’t often have all three acers in their autumn colours at the same time.
In this close up you can just about see the coral pink stems to the leaves so even when the leaves have fallen, there is still interest in the winter with the coloured stems.
Acer Osakazuki has finally reached the wonderful pink/red colour, but it has taken so long to do so. It is such a bright colour that it draws the eye and demands attention!
The leaves almost look as though they have a coating of wax. This little tree has lost its leader and each year it grows wider and wider. I keep hoping that another branch will take over as the leader, but so far no branches look as though they want the job.
Close to, the orange acer seems quite large, but get further away and you see that compared to the huge oak, ash and chestnuts, it is rather small. Even so, in spite of being small, all three acers certainly pack a punch in November!
I can never think of November as a dull dreary month when there is so much colour from the leaves. We have to thank Christina at My Hesperides Garden for encouraging us to appreciate the foliage that we have in our gardens. Do pay her a visit to see other foliage that is keeping the interest going in their respective gardens.