GBFD: Just a Hint

IMG_0071For 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):

IMG_0060I 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:

GBFD.Sept13IMG_0069There 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:

IMG_0058Most 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.


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19 Responses to GBFD: Just a Hint

  1. Annette says:

    Just spotted Persicaria Red Dragon in a garden the other day and it left a lasting impression! Does it spread a lot in your garden? Also love Callicarpa as it reliably puts on a good show every autumn. Acer griseum is one of my favourite trees and I’m very impressed by the way the bark of yours is peeling already although it doesn’t seem that old.

    • Cathy says:

      The persicaria has spread a lot this year – perhaps sprawling 2m across and 1.5 m tall, but it sprawls above other things so that’s OK just now. I love it, and its new leaves don’t have the redness so you get variation within the plant. I have had the griseum about 6 years but have moved it twice so it is really only beginning to settle down now

  2. Christina says:

    Thank you for joining in this month Cathy. Glad your autumn is holding off for a while at least.

  3. rusty duck says:

    Ooh, seriously envious of your Callicarpa. Mine is taking a long time to produce!

    • Cathy says:

      Callicarpa was on my wish last from last year and I only got mine in February, the same time as the viburnum. They were both from Crocus who always provide really decent good quality plants – even so, I am thrilled to have some berries!

  4. Liz says:

    Hi Cathy,

    I also have very little showing any change in season. I’ve noticed a little more over this weekend – shrub rose for example looks green on first glance but looking beyond I can see golden leaves towards its centre.
    Quite glad actually, as in the past two years there was quite a lot of autumn already!

    Oooh, not looking forward to the Hosta turning, as they turn to gross mush! Mine do anyway 😉
    Loving your Persicaria… Hrm….. Sudden need to get more.

    Enjoy the few days of lovely warm weather due this week… I’ll be attempting to mow the grass for the last time.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes Liz, when you look closely there are small signs, aren’t there? And indeed ‘Red Dragon’ has been stunning this year but like your persicaria has really sprawled – fortunately there is space in the woodland edge border for it to do so, for the time being at least! Hope you got your grass cut 😉

  5. Your photos are gorgeous and very enjoyable. I agree that fall is coming; I see the first signs as well. My maples are turning; everything else is stressed by the changing weather, but not turning, not quite yet.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Charlie – little sign of colour on my small maples yet, but I am watching! Hope your garden provides you with lots of autumn colour

  6. Pauline says:

    As each day goes by, the colours are deepening here and I’m noticing quite a few more leaves which have changed colour since I photographed them. Your Callicarpa berries are such a gorgeous colour and I always think that the viburnum leaves look like washing hanging on the line, mine do anyway!

    • Cathy says:

      I love the analogy of viburnum leaves and washing hanging on a line – and also relieved that their droopiness is the norm! I really did think for a time that my viburnum was suffering from neglect! I too am pleased to have the callicarpa berries in my first year with the plant although they are not yet the full head of berries I saw on other plants last year. I am sure our trees are still virtually all green – but that won’t last, will it!

  7. sueturner31 says:

    How do you join ? Love your photos.

    • Cathy says:

      Aw…. thanks Sue. Anyone can join the ‘memes’ as they are called, or host a different one. The foliage day is the 22nd of each month and hosted by Christina at
      You publish your post as normal but refer to the foliage day and include a link to her website. After you have published go to Christina’s blog and leave a comment with a link back to your post. It’s a great way of making new blogging friendships and also means your blog will develop a wider readership. There is a similar blooms day on 15th of the month and an end of month view hosted by different people, and many others with a different focus I am sure. Please get in touch again if you are not sure

      • sueturner31 says:

        Right thanks for that …how do I link ..I’m fairly new to this but a quick learner..

        • Cathy says:

          Hi Sue – it was new to me once as well! If you highlight a word or words from the subject you are going to link and then click on the symbol that looks a bit like a paperclip (above where you are writing the post) and put in the details of the site you are linking to. It’s best then to tick the box for it to open in a new window and also a good idea to check the link works after you have published the post. WordPress support (access through your ‘dashboard’) is quite helpful for instructions on these functions too. Good luck!

  8. Anna says:

    The persicaria looks most striking Cathy. Does the foliage die down over winter?

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