This 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:
Most 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:
The 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):
The 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.