Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: Skeletons in the Cupboard

IMG_0610This week has seen a very rapid change in foliage around the garden, from trees shedding their leaves overnight and the gradual emergence of their skeletal structure (so obvious a feature on the wisteria trained across the gable end of the house extension – photograph taken looking upwards towards the apex), to the sudden collapse of many herbaceous plants such as the persicaria from which I picked stems for my vase on Monday and other nearby plants in the woodland edge border:

woodland.edge.flopsMost of my photos for this Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, hosted kindly by Christina at My Hesperides Garden, seem this time to be of foliage transition, not always very pretty, but there are still a few beauties to point out, such as this tiny geranium in one of the ceramic sinks on the paved area and the only acer contribution in my garden, a fairly young Acer griseum:

geranium.acergriseumThe sink was revamped earlier this year and I can’t say I had noticed such colour on this geranium before, but if I had checked the label earlier I might have been prepared – G sanguineum ‘Shepherd’s Warning’!! Neglect in previous years may also have prevented me noticing colour changes in the Parottia persica of which there is indeed a small degree this year (left), but more intriguing are these lovely rimmed edges of Hydrangea petiolaris (right):

parottia.petiolarisAlso on the paved area in three lead effect square pots are my trio of cornus, still tiny, but readily showing off what they are famous for – their lovely coloured stems:

cornusThe woodland floor is increasingly thickly carpeted with fallen leaves, but looking up there are many more staying resolutely fixed to their hosts, and although the choicest colours are from next door’s beech tree we still get a large proportion of its leaves mingling on the ground with ours. I cannot recall this beech ever being as beautiful and it quickly became my favourite autumnal tree this year – I wonder what yours is? Do have a look at Christina’s blog to enjoy seasonal foliage from many different places and perhaps share yours with the rest of us too.


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10 Responses to Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: Skeletons in the Cupboard

  1. Pauline says:

    This is such a wonderfully colourful month with all the beautiful leaves turning colour. Your next door neighbours beech is a beautiful colour as is your Acer griseum. I think the colours are all later here than previous years, is it the same with you?

    • Cathy says:

      I think you are right about it all being a bit later this year, Pauline, but I checked on my blog – we were in the midst of flooding and lots of grey days back then, and any earlier colour changes must have been over quite quickly instead of the lovely gradual transition we have got this year 🙂

  2. Lyn says:

    I love that tapestry of leaves on the ground under the birches. in autumn I always find myself either looking up through coloured leaves if the sky is blue, or down to the leaf-covered ground if it’s cloudy. I seldom watch where I’m actually going!

  3. rusty duck says:

    Love the white bark on your birch tree. Acer griseum is a lovely tree too.
    Things have changed dramatically here overnight when the temperature dropped to -4. A lot more leaves down and perennials that have now just flopped.

  4. I have lived through fall many times and I am still absolutely amazed each time by the vivid colors, pleasantly amazed.

  5. Christina says:

    Thanks for joining in again this month Cathy and with TWO very interesting posts, the one of the Acers at Westonbirt is stunning but no more so than the lovely foliage you have in your own garden, I am very envious of the Acer griseum!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Christina – and the Acer griseum is still quite insignificant in the bigger picture, having suffered the ignominy of two moves within the garden, but at least it is still alive! 😉

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