Despite shorter days, increasingly cooler nights and the impending likelihood of the first frosts, the garden continues to provide a succession of ‘wow’ moments as autumn takes its brush and repaints it in its own choice of colours.
The initial peachy colour of crab apple ‘Evereste’ has instead become a glowing shade of pinkish red, whilst leaves of the various witch hazels change from green to yellow in the case of Hamamelis ‘Zuccariniana’ (below) and to a stripy russet shade on H ‘Spanish Spider’ (second below):
Hydrangeas age gracefully, morphing like our favourite Grannie into a calm, serene and soft old age:
Ornamental grass Anemanthele lessonii is wonderful in many ways, providing movement and texture in the border and taking on glowing autumn shades as the year progresses; here, it is just beginning to show reddish tints but in a small pot elsewhere it resembles a burning bush:
Finally, for today’s Six on Saturday contribution to Jon the Propagator’s meme, Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, sandwiched between two different cornus neighbours, took me by surprise by suddenly casting off most of its leaves and exposing its red bark for any passer-by to see – the floozy! All of the group have shot up in height this year, despite having been cut right back to the ground, and will once again provide a spectacular showing throughout the winter. Look out for their colourful stems on Six on Saturday in due course!