Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: Here But Not There

IMG_3504Mindful of it being Garden Bloggers Foliage Day today, a meme hosted by our friend Christina at My Hesperides Garden, I took photographs of our leafy garden before we came away – it may of course look completely different now, a few days later. So, a quick whizz through November’s foliage:

Above, remaining leaves on the trees are all beginning to turn now, including next door’s beech which has yet to reach its maximum grandness, whils below my token acer, A griseum has pretty leaves and bark but there is still not a lot of it:

IMG_3507There is also a Parrotia persica which suggests some colouration on the way, the fact that it is shoved up against the wall built round the composting area probably does not helping it reach its full potential:







Any overnight chill will now bring a fresh flush of leaves on the ground, like under the magnolia:

IMG_3503Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ shows various combinations of colour, depending on the age of the leaf:

IMG_3509 IMG_3510Stalwart ivy and holly show how much of a contribution they make to the overall tapestry, and my! how beautiful ferns are:

IMG_3519 IMG_3520IMG_3522Like many other gardens in the UK there are still signs of new growth on many perennials and with rumours of a mild and very wet weather who knows what the few months will bring to the garden. Today though, thanks to Christina for hosting this foliage meme which is a good way of keeping more than half an eye on foliage instead of just focussing on blooms.

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14 Responses to Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: Here But Not There

  1. They are calling for a cold winter here with at least average snowfall…which means 10-12 feet. How nice to see so much foliage Cathy and those ferns are like candy to me…miss them!

  2. Chloris says:

    I love all your ferns and the ivy looks wonderful. Does the Parrotia persica need an acid soil? The P. Red Dragon that you gave is doing very well and looks beautiful, thank you.

  3. Christina says:

    Cathy, thank you for joining in when you are away, that is dedication! Love the ferns and I’m envious of Acer griseum (have you mentioned it before, I couldn’t have been paying proper attention). I remember seeing a fabulous Parrotia at Polesdon Lacey it must have been 20 metres across at least, are you going to bonsai yours?!

  4. AnnetteM says:

    Well done you for being so organised before going away! I haven’t noticed any new growth on my Persicaria Red Dragon – will have to look tomorrow. Ferns are great aren’t they – I just noticed mine have lovely black spores under their leaves. Shame they don’t show.

  5. Annette says:

    Considering the eventual size of the Parrotia this corner is probably just a bit small. I’m amazed it still has foliage, mine has almost dropped. The ferns look great, I’m looking forward to seeing mine grow. Enjoy your time away!

  6. growhort says:

    Reblogged this on GrowHort – Grow your Horticultural Knowledege and commented:
    How are you celebrating Foliage Day? Why not try liking a few Garden pictures on instagram, checking out some gardening sites on Facebook, sharing some Autumnal photos with your friends?

  7. Pauline says:

    Ferns and evergreens are invaluable during the winter for giving structure to the garden when everything else has given up.
    You are organised aren’t you, posting while away, that shows dedication!

  8. Julie says:

    I can see that you will have no problem with your Monday vases through the winter Cathy – the ferns and ivy are stunning. I also love your acer griseum – a definite contender for my mini arboretum. I hope you have had a good few days away.

  9. Cathy says:

    Your holly and ivy are lovely! Do you get any berries?

  10. Anna says:

    Interesting to see the different shades displayed by ‘Red Dragon’ Cathy. Your ferns seem oblivious to the progress of the season 🙂 Let’s keep fingers crossed that we do not have another mild and wet winter. It’s so squelchy out there already 😦

  11. I just love the colours of the Parrotia – real “wow” factor! Ferns are fantastic for texture, aren’t they? They look especially good after frost and snow. Nice to see some good old stalwarts, i.e. the holly and ivy. They are really showing their worth.

    • Cathy says:

      I have thought about looking for a better spot for the parrotia, but I am not sure I could lift it successfully even if there was somewhere else. Lots of holly here when we came, and very mature ivy, but I have planted various small leaved ivies – and all the ferns started as tiny named varieties from Morrisons

  12. Cathy, that first photo looking up into the trees is lovely, tall trees are seriously lacking here, we had a frost this morning but when I put my refuse bins out early I noticed the red dragon had no frost it is protected by the olearia, your comment above about your Morrison ferns the 2 I bought from them last year are both doing well, thanks for mentioning plants from Morrison, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Oh I am pleased you have found Morrisons useful for plants, Frances. Even though I don’t do a main shop there any longer I always have a quick look at the plants when I do pop in. My Red Dragon is just beginning to droop after the frosts at the start of the week. I can tolerate all the beechnuts that fall from our neighbour’s tree because of the glorious colour when the leaves start changing 🙂

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