The 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!):
Not 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:
It’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!