No doubt colours will always feature heavily in the October foliage day posts of garden bloggers in the UK, and it is intriguing to compare and contrast these with those of the garden blogging community in the wider world, so thanks to Christina for hosting this opportunity.
Driving home yesterday we came off the motorway a junction early as there was queuing traffic, and enjoyed some rural lanes before joining our usual route, and for the first time we consciously noticed that way the trees lining the road were changing colours seemed to depend on the direction they were facing – the leaves on the side facing southish were already yellow and orange whereas those on the opposite side were resolutely still green. The latter was the side lining the road and therefore a little more sheltered, so perhaps the trees were more exposed on their sunny side. It may depend on the type of tree of course, or the nature of the seasons in a particular year, but there was certainly a distinct difference in this instance.
Here in our garden there is plenty of foliage to share with you this October, starting with the remainder of the heap of prunings from the variegated holly, the berries just having begun to ripen before they were cut:
Most acers will be showing their true colours and my Acer griseum, still a young tree, is no exception and has, of course, the added bonus of the wonderful peeling bark that makes me
think of sticks of cinnamon. Other trees that excel themselves at this time of
year are witch hazels and amelanchiers – I have a number of witch hazels, but the leaves of Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold promise’ have already turned and fallen, and the others are still green. Here therefore is Hamamelis ‘Zuccariniana’ and the fallen leaves of Amelanchier lamarkcii, contrasting with the moss on the cobbled circle:
Not all the foliage interest is from autumn colours, though, as this Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ has been a constant delight all season, shown with one of my unlabelled pulmonarias behind. And I never fail to be fascinated by ferns throughout the season, with Asplenium scolopendrium here showing a new crop of spores on the reverse of the leaves: