Seeing Red

The bonsai Acer (above) is getting redder.

Growing in the confines of a tiny pot is not a natural thing for a tree. Whilst the resultant diminutive size may be beautiful to us, a bonsai lives its life under stress. It may drop leaves much earlier than the same species planted in the ground. Even so, my little maple seems to be getting ready for autumn early this year. And it’s not alone.



The infamous red Azalea.

The Azalea leaves have taken on a hue almost as bold as those strident Spring blooms. The best time to move it is in early autumn apparently, although even then it’s a bit of a risk. Its location on the terraces does not help the cause. Long fine roots have a way of winkling their way into the stone retaining walls.



Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Album’

We took the almost identical photograph last year. Except then it was at the end of September!



Persicaria ‘Black Field’



Sedum spurium

The flowers have almost finished and the succulent leaves are on the turn. How strange they look after a shower of rain. It’s as though they’ve been coated in wax. Or even been crafted from ceramic.



Lewisia tweedyi

Love the name! This is one of the new alpines in the trough. The promised 5cm wide flowers of pink and apricot seem a long way off.



Heucherella ‘Burnished Bronze’

Not all reds have recently appeared. I don’t do well with heucheras as a rule but this one seems to be an exception. It’s not exactly vigorous, but it moved here with me from my previous garden and just about manages to survive. The leaves have the most incredible sheen.



 Phormium ‘Pink Panther’

  The Phormium has a new stable mate in my latest favourite ever rose, ‘Boscobel’.



Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’


 Let’s end in a flourish. With fireworks.



Uncinia rubra

I caught the Uncinia in the low afternoon sun. The grass appears to be lit from within, individual blades picked out in bronze and gold.


Linking up with Christina’s Garden of the Hesperides for Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day.

Click through (here) to see how Christina and many other gardeners are using foliage this month.