This week, the crisp, cold nights have turned leaves to red and gold. Among the lovely native trees and shrubs, so many of the deepest and brightest autumn colours shine from plants brought to Britain from countries across the globe. Some of those in our garden have been planted by us, others were introduced by gardeners long gone.
An acer of amazing colours grows sheltered by the weeping willow above it.
The Liquid Amber tree is beginning to turn.The best is yet to come.
Red leaves of the Rainforest Pansy after early morning rain.
Horse chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum),one with red flowers and one with cream, were planted close together and their rusty autumn foliage glows beside the bright golds and reds of Acer platanoides Crimson King. In the foreground is a yellow-gold acer and the striking green and yellow spikes of phormium.
I`m not sure of the exact identity of this beautiful tree. It is a tall elegant oak which I believe to be of North American origin. The lower branches sweep down to the grass below and make secret "rooms" beneath them. It could be Quercus coccinea or Quercus ellipsoidalis ?
Old Dog in front of the shrub-like Prunus incisa, a delicate cherry from South Western Japan and also known as the Fuji Cherry. In the spring it bears clusters of pale pink flowers.
Living in the beautiful New Forest, I am a married late-fifties woman, a recently retired teacher and the mother of grown up boys who have flown the nest. I share my days with cats, dogs, ponies and the wildlife all around us. Starting this blog is a chance to explore woods, fields, lanes and heath with my camera. A chance to share the simple pleasures of my country life.