Whatever else people might feel about autumn, I am pretty sure they would still admit that the seasonal colours are beautiful. Personally, I am always bowled over by these two witch hazels, Hamamelis ‘Ruby Glow’ and H ‘Zuccariniana’; H Diane in front of them is not in the same league. In the top corner you can see the ‘tree house’, currently having a paint job following its refurbishment with a nice slate roof and a new floor.
The witch hazels vary tremendously in their autumnal habits, some like the two above and bronzey H ‘Magic Fire’ below flaunting their disposable new coats, whilst others like H ‘Arnold Promise have lost all their leaves in a blink of eye, although the latter provides a different interest with its generous provision of seed capsules:
Most of the larger trees are showing autumnal signs, but there is still a long way to fo as you can see looking beyond the paved area and sitooterie to the woodland beyond and next door’s huge beech tree on the left:
The leaves on Amelanchier lamarkii have moved – possibly overnight on one of the nights when temperatures have dipped to 4ºC – but are just as lovely on the stone circle as they are on the tree:
I was admiring Cornus ‘Westonbirt’ on Lead Up The Garden Path earlier, but had forgotten how dark the leaves were my own C alba ‘Sibirica’, albeit largely gone now. The stems show great promise for the winter months though, as do those on C sericea ‘Flaviramea’ and C sanguinea ’Midwinter Fire’. Aren’t they gorgeous?
But what’s that post? Oh – it’s a ‘dovecote’…
Christina of My Hesperides Garden ably encourages us to observe and appreciate our foliage more and hosts a monthly meme for us to share the best bits, so thank you to her for hosting and do visit her blog to look at other foliage around the world. However, my favourite foliage in the garden at the moment has undoubtedly got to be this corner at the other end of the shrub border, with Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’, Ophiopogon replanted from the rockery when it was dismantled, Persicaria ‘Painter’s Palette’ and Carex ‘Everillo’ – I love it. True colours are indeed beautiful…