For Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, hosted by Christina at My Hesperides Garden, I rambled specifically looking for the changing foliage colours which are harbingers of Autumn but found only a hint, like the amelanchier above. Elsewhere, much of the foliage is as good as ever, and I will never tire of the combination of pulmonaria, epimedium, rhododendron and Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ shown below (with Hellebore argutifolius just out of sight):
I have to confess to a brief moment of panic when I noticed the leaves of the beautiful Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ that I bought earlier in the year were drooping; thinking I had allowed it to dry out in its container I rushed to fill a watering can and only later realised that the leaves were drooping as they prepared to fall – doh! Also shown below is Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ’Profusion’, bought and potted at the same time and similarly placed on the paved area in full view of the kitchen windows, and now resplendent with its first tiny purple berries and matching purple veins on the changing leaves:
There are several informal areas in the garden and views such as this, of Arum italicum ’Marmoratum’, show just how much we rely on the foliage of ferns and ivy and (in our garden) holly to provide a background of green for much of the year. This green background has been delighting me further this year, as lifting the aforementioned fern and ivy leaves has resulted in more and more discoveries of new clumps of Cyclamen hederifolium in a range of shades between dark pink and white:
Most of my grouped hostas are still as green as ever, but in an old sink near the house are some that are turning, looking as if they have been too close to the fire and singeing at the edges, whilst on the right the small but predictable Acer griseum is showing off its typical peeling bark but hanging on to its currently green leaves for as long as possible. By next month’s foliage day, on the 22nd October, things will be looking very different, so check out Christina’s blog today and next month to see changing foliage in lots of different gardens.