Thursday, 22 October 2009

Bright leaves from other lands

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.


Bovey Belle said...

Your garden looks SO beautiful now with its Autumn colours. Mine is just plain untidy! I need to go out there THIS MINUTE and start tidying up the borders (I did the veg plot last week, but that needs digging and manuring now).

Dartford Warbler said...

Our is untidy too. I just try not to take photos of the "weeds"! The veg plot needs a lot of work and there are mountains of muck to move from the fields and dig in.