Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: Red and Orange and….

GBFD.Oct13.1The rain and mild temperatures are adding a new dimension to the season and any fresh gust of wind is now beginning to whip a few leaves from the trees; although most are predominantly still green the witch hazels above (Arnold Promise, Zuccariniana and Orange Peel) are beginning to show their autumnal colours, but much later than last year. It would only take a sharp frost and autumnal gale to really kickstart the process and perhaps we could get more light into our kitchen again once the wisteria takes its clothes off. It is thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden that we can compare the different stages of autumn in the northern hemisphere and inspect fresh new foliage in the southern hemisphere because she hosts this Garden Bloggers Foliage Day on the 22nd of every month; take advantage of the link to visit her blog and links to other foliage posts.

As I walk past the species snowdrop border on my rambles I have been pleased with the new addition of Heuchera ‘Marvellous Marble’ with its marvellous marbling, nearly but not quite a match for the beautiful markings on the Cyclanmen hederifolium in the same bed and look at those seed pods!):

GBFD.Oct13.2Not foliage of course, but delightfully autumnal are the distinctive purple berries of callicarpa, the tiny grapes and beautifully transformed leaves of Vitis vinifera ’Purpurea’ and the tempting fruits of crab apple ‘Golden Hornet’, repaying us for its move from under the old apple trees to a corner of the hot border:

GBFD.Oct13.3Reminding us that we don’t all grow old gracefully, compare these two hostas:

GBFD.Oct13.4It’s not all about death and decay though, as along with the rampant Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ which is now sprawling over an adjacent path, we have the transplanted seedling of a long since gone Hellebore foetidus, relishing its new location, the healthy but bronzing foliage of Veronica hastata and the brand new lush leaves of a ‘Chelsea chopped’ geranium. There’s life in the old dog yet!

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11 Responses to Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: Red and Orange and….

  1. Pauline says:

    What a lot of lovely seed cases you have on your cyclamen, hope you have masses of seedlings in a few years time! Your witch hazel leaves are beautiful, most of mine fell off in the drought!

  2. Christina says:

    Hi Cathy, thank you for joing in GBFD. The Heuchera ‘Marvellous Marble’ Cyclamen hederifolium do have beautiful foliage and show that foliage really is even more important than flowers when choosing new plants. Good luck with the cyclamen seedlings!

  3. Annette says:

    I’m a great lover of Hamamelis and am very happy when I pass H. mollis and H. x intermedia Diane every day, each one being so completely different. Your cyclamen are truely delightful and my Verbena hastata has certainly never taken on these lovely red hues, very pretty indeed.

    • Cathy says:

      After having waxed lyrical about my witch hazels for several months earlier in the year I realise I had neglected to even notice them again until taking photos for GBFD – shameful, as I love them too.

  4. Anna says:

    Snap! I came home with heuchera “Marvellous Marble” too recently. You’re ahead of me in the planting stakes – mine is still in its pot 🙂

  5. I love the idea of your magnolia disrobing in front of your kitchen window! My Witch Hazel is the first to be showing signs of Autumn too – if I discount the very ugly tattered yellow spectacle that is my hosta collection…

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