Fleeting Glory

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Whilst scratching around for November Bloomers last week, the camera couldn’t resist turning toward the autumn colour, which has almost reached its peak.


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 Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

 This one caught just in time, it’s now virtually leafless thanks to the frost.


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 Not just me who appreciates it..


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Flowering Cherry (inherited, variety unknown)

 I love trees and shrubs that display a rainbow of colours as they fade.


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 Acer (variety unknown)

 This one is a bit of a cheat because we took the photograph at Antony, a couple of weeks ago.


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Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’

Those on home turf are none too shabby though..


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Acer leaves falling into a clump of Cyclamen hederifolium


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Acer palmatum (inherited, variety unknown)


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 Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’, Coral bark maple

It’s a bit spindly at the moment, but my latest acquisition nevertheless shows promise.


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 A long view down the lawn

The native beech are now turning too.


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 Raindrops clinging to a seed head


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Still plenty of rose hips


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Ophiopogon nigrescens

The pearlescent berries of the black grass


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 Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’

It’s still getting the hang of ‘profusion’. Maybe next year.


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 Enkianthus campanulatus


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 Davidia involucrata

 Ending the tour where we started, with the handkerchief tree.


 Given the arctic blast forecast for the next few days I’m thinking the garden will look different again by next week. Keep warm.


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  1. Freda November 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    What stunning photgraphs! Thank you for sharing.

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Freda. Cold up there.. take care.

  2. Crafty Gardener November 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    I love fall colour … but alas ours is all gone now … beautiful photos

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      That’s the trouble, oh so fleeting, maybe that’s why we value it so much.

  3. Jenny November 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous colours 🙂

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      I need to get more! Thanks Jenny.

  4. haggiz November 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful autumnal post before we get onto the snowy ones! I love the view down the lawn. The trees surrounding you are just beautiful, especially now. Julie x

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      It’s quite difficult to capture the panorama on camera. There is a magnificent mature beech down by the river that looks fantastic but, try as we might, it just didn’t work as a photo. Need more practice!

  5. Sue@GLAllotments November 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Love the one with the raindrops.

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      I think it’s on a weed.. but finding its own beauty!

  6. Em November 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Just gorgeous Jess – please come and sort out our garden so it looks like yours!

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks Em. The glimpses that we’ve had of your garden this year suggest that it is already lovely. More please!

  7. Simone November 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    They really are beautiful photos Jessica. I too love the one with raindrops. Sadly our leaves are falling rapidly now. Autumn seemed short-lived. x

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks Simone. It always seems short lived to me. Especially as I hate what replaces it. But the snowdrops are already coming up. Hold on in there!

  8. Jo November 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Such gorgeous colour. I love the acer in your fifth photo, absolutely stunning. We had strong winds on Friday which has almost done for my lilac, just a few leaves now hanging on, and I’m sure they’ll be gone as soon as the cold spell hits.

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      The combination of the cold and the wind will finish off everything down here too I think. At least we had plenty of warning. The tender things that need protection are already in the greenhouse.

  9. Amy at love made my home November 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    So many beautiful autumn colours! xx

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Amy. It’s pretty while it lasts!

  10. Linda November 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Jessica….these pictures are so good!
    Love the berries…especially the “Black Grass”…never heard of that one!
    Your property looks glorious..love the “woodsy” feel♥
    And…your fall blooms….SPECTACULAR!
    Love the climate you have….always green…and something blooming!
    You must decorate with all those lovely berries….can’t wait to see that!
    Enjoy your week ahead♥
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      We are in the middle of a wood, so it is indeed ‘woodsy’!
      Now, I prefer your climate. Proper cold and proper summer. Much of the time our weather is uniformly… grey!
      Thanks Linda.

  11. countrysidetales November 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Those bright purple berries are amazing and I think you have more autumn colour with you- ours are all looking a bit muted in Hampshire. Lack of frosts I’m thinking. I’ve just been outside to “water the puppy” and it’s getting chilly here already. Brrrrr 🙂

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      It took a while to develop, and then all of a sudden it’s over.
      Isn’t the puppy a bit young for a bath?

  12. Cathy November 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica, these photos are beautiful – the acers are outstanding of course but there is beauty in all of them and you have captured them so well. My callicarpa (new this year) is equally non-prolific, but at least like yours it has some berries – hurrah!

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cathy.
      The Callicarpa berries are tiny too… showstopper not.

  13. Jacqueline November 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic { and colourful } time of year Autumn is Jessica …. your red Acer is magnificent as is everything in your garden….. the colour of your Callicarpa is fantastic ….. wait until it comes into it’s own !! WOW. I drove to the garden centre today { it has a wonderful ice rink at Christmas } and the trees that I pass on the way are just coming into their own ….. very late this year. My white fushcia is the best it’s been all year but, I fear that it will perish tomorrow when the cold weather comes. XXXX

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Everything has been late this year, catching up after the cold Spring perhaps.
      And now it does sound as though it will be quite cold. I hope your fuchsia survives.

  14. frayed at the edge November 18, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I love autumn colours, they are my favourites for quilt making. The colours of the acers are stunning …… I will have to raid my stash for fabrics in those colours for an autumn quilt.

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      That would make a glorious quilt Anne!

  15. Pauline November 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic selection of colours and berries, super photos. The colours here seem to be getting better and better each day, hope they survive the promised cold spell. Your Acers are wonderful and such reliable trees for autumn colour, my Osakazuki hasn’t reached its brightest red yet, hopefully in a few more days.

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      The Osakazuki was originally in a pot and now in the ground has grown into a peculiar shape, flat headed. I am hoping that having being thus restricted it won’t grow too tall for its spot, but I think I need to prune it to get it into a more regular shape.

      • Pauline November 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        Mine is flat topped too, it lost its leader and I’m hoping that another branch will decide that it wants to grow vertically. Each year it gets wider and wider but no taller unfortunately!

        • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

          I noticed that, and began to wonder if it was a trait of the variety. The one I pictured doesn’t need to get too big but it’s a worry, because I have a second tree that last year lost its leader to frost.. and that one I do need to be tall!

  16. snowbird November 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    It really is a good year for autumn colour isn’t it? Wow, some stunning pics here. I especially loved the raindrops on the seed heads and those purple berries. xxx

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks snowbird. It’s been a good year, but all too brief!

  17. Janice Cooke (@jabblog) November 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Beautiful colours though personally I’d forego the Callicarpa – too bright for my taste. My youngest daughter has inherited one in her North London garden which is prolific. When are you opening your garden to the public?

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      No time soon! 🙂
      The wonderful thing about photography is that you can crop out the weeds. Mostly. Some snuck through..

  18. islandthreads November 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Jessica you have/had some beautiful tree colour, beautiful photos too and leafmold later,
    keep warm too, we have had sleety snow today, unusual for the islands so the mainland Scotland must be cold! Frances

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      We have sleet and hail forecast for tomorrow here too. No gardening then!

  19. Rozzie November 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Wow! Fantastic range of gorgeous Autumn colours here. I loved that you managed to catch a ladybird in there too 🙂 I’m quite fascinated by Ophiopogon nigrescens now, having never seen anything like it before. Think I might look into getting some myself! Where is it native to?

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      East Asia, China and Japan apparently. I love it as a contrasting edging plant, it bulks up well too so you can spread it around. It’s quite widely available now.
      I love the ladybird too!

  20. CJ November 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    What beautiful pictures. The acers are stunning, and cherries and beech are some of my favourites. I walked down a fantastic beech avenue on Sunday afternoon. Well, I got partway down it then someone needed the toilet. Sigh. I’m thrilled to see those purple berries. There are some at Slimbridge, and I always go and look at them and wonder what they are. So now I know. They are so unusual and look almost artificial. I wonder if birds eat them at all.

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      There are so few on my plant, and so tiny, the birds wouldn’t find them a particularly satisfying meal. Hopefully I can let you know next year! Thanks CJ.

  21. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA November 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    I love the shot of the acer leaves on the cyclamen. That would make a lovely print or note cards.
    All the foliage is down here, except a few stragglers. The oak leaf hydrangea is still a bit of color and an azalea of unknown variety that came with the house a nice golden hue, but that’s all. I have just my grasses, epimediums and hellebores left to enjoy. You have a good deal of color and variety of it in your garden this fall.
    Any thoughts on what you might add?

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm - Reply

      A few more Acers. I’d like to have a good clump of them with contrasting leaf colours. But more natives too. The brightest of the beeches in the lawn shot is a copper variety. Love the colour of that. The green leaved ones bordering the lawn are coming out, I will replace them further back.

  22. Wendy November 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    The autumn leaves look beautiful. I love the berries, too and the little ladybird in the sun! Our local beech trees are looking stunning in the sunshine but this week already feels more like winter than autumn. Keep warm too – hopefully the arctic blast will be short lived.

    • Jessica November 18, 2013 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      I’ve spent so much time relocating ladybirds this autumn, where are they all coming from? And why do they choose to hibernate in the foliage I’m cutting down?!

  23. BadPenny November 19, 2013 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Glorious bursts of colour but it’s the photo of seed head & raindrops I love the most.

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Yes, I like that one. A case of being in the right place at the right time!

  24. Janet/Plantaliscious November 19, 2013 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos Jessica, what a great array of trees and shrubs you have, that long view across the grass really helped put your garden in context for me. *happy sigh* though I am betting it all looks a little more bare now if the wind is anything like as strong as it is here.

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      I am hoping to show a bit more of what I’ve done on the steep bank soon, if only the weather would allow me a few more decent days to finish it off! Today turned out relatively nice, despite a lousy forecast, I think the wind and rain now gets to us tomorrow. Oh joy.

  25. wherefivevalleysmeet November 19, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

    The autumn leaves always remind me of lanterns – little beacons of light to brighten up the day at grey, gloomy times.
    Love your photos.
    Today is glorious, and I must haste to catch photos of the last few leaves in my garden which I have neglected to do this year.

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosemary. They certainly do brighten the day and much needed they are too. I hope you managed to catch those last leaves, not liking the look of tomorrow’s forecast.

  26. Anny November 19, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Reds sadly lacking this year around here – apart from hips, we have a bumper crop of hips – strange how different the autumn tapestry feels without the red shades.

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Our first autumn here I was really disappointed with the lack of colour, given that we are surrounded by deciduous woodland. It was that that drove me to start collecting acers and other trees and shrubs with red autumn leaves. It certainly does make a difference, even though the trees are still tiny.

  27. colleen November 19, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Lovely colours, especially the acers. The leaves are just about disappearing here, though next-door’s mulberry is still completely covered in un-autumnal leaves.

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      The storms have done the damage this year, and the frost. I reckon by the end of the week, with high winds again tomorrow, they will all be gone.

  28. ournewlifeinthecountry November 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    It is a wonderful time of year for colour isn’t it, driving down our lanes here in Berkshire and then along our drive is absolutely magnificent, and our view of the hill opposite ours in Wales is amazing.

    I love it when the sun shines and illuminates it all.

    As usual your photographs are very special 🙂

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      We were out and about today and yes, the lanes are absolutely beautiful. And the wonderful long vistas that you get from the top of hills. Thanks Sue.

  29. Anna November 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Beautiful foliage and berries Jessica and probably captured just in time before they disappear into the distance. Always amazes me how the state of leafiness can change in but a few days.

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      So true. I’ve been watching the golden leaved acer which I can see from my study. It reached its peak at about the time I photographed it and perhaps three days later half of the leaves were gone.

  30. Rosie November 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! I love the light on the leaves in the first one. We awoke to some snow this morning – it seemed so bizarre as down the street the snowfall was covering the bright colours of the falling leaves:)

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      That first photo is my favourite. Maybe joint favourite with the ladybird..
      Snow! There was snow on Dartmoor today, but that is quite high ground. It does seem bizarre because we’ve got used to snow coming much later in recent years. And yet as a kid I remember playing in snow well before Christmas.

  31. Vera November 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    You captured the autumn colours wonderfully well. Autumn is a very short season here in SW France, just a week or two really, one minute it being late summer and the minute early winter with hardly a pause for the joyful colours of autumn. But we have only just started moving into this changeover time, so the lack of the gloriousness of an English autumn is made up for by the long, long, summer.

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Vera. I think I could get used to the long, long summer. As I get older I crave warmth. I hope you get your Rayburn set up before winter arrives!

  32. Sarah November 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Wow your garden looks amazing in it’s autumn colours. It must be a feast to the eyes looking out of the window to such a view.
    Sarah x

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sarah. It’s been a long time coming but the colours are very good this year. Just seen your post on beech woods too, glorious!

  33. nataliescarberry November 20, 2013 at 3:42 am - Reply

    Lovely photos and gorgeous colors. Thanks for the tour. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Jessica November 20, 2013 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Thanks Natalie.

  34. Knitsofacto Annie November 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Never let anyone describe a November garden as boring!

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 12:09 am - Reply

      It certainly manages to cut through the grey!

  35. Justine November 22, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Those acers are fabulous. I’d love to plant one in our front garden; must add it to the list…

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 9:49 am - Reply

      They are especially wonderful at this time of year with the autumn colour, but the trees are a lovely shape all through the summer too. Excellent specimen tree for the front garden!

  36. Rosie Nixon , Perthshire Photographer November 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Oh if only I had room for a Cornus Kousa – a girl can dream! The view down your lawn is absolutely gorgeous 🙂

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

      It’s my favourite tree Rosie. This one has been through a bit because I dug it up from a previous garden and it suffered in a pot for three years whilst we were looking for our next house. It has really taken off though since I replanted it here.

  37. woolythymes November 23, 2013 at 3:42 am - Reply

    i keep taking notes on your garden as if I could actually grow these things in my gardening zone!! great fall color….totally jealous! (my garden in very brown right now.)

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

      It’ll all be back come Spring and I’ll be the jealous one!

  38. CherryPie November 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    All very pretty, I love the colours of autumn.

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      It seems to have been a good year. Late, but the colour has taken time to develop.

  39. lizjwells46 November 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I love that Acer osakazuki, it’s just the best Autumn colour. My Callicarpa ‘Profusion’ has the same problem. It’s not very profuse. Do you think whoever named it was being ironical?

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Chloris and welcome to rusty duck.
      You may have a point! Mine is but young, I am still hoping next year will be different. Time will tell..

  40. Natalie November 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    These photos are so beautiful!! Love those purple berry things. Not a leaf left here, and snowstorm coming tomorrow. I am re-living fall through your photos!

    • Jessica November 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      Snow! Already! But looking forward to the pictures on your blog!

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