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The acer above was inherited with the garden so I’ve no idea which variety it is. But this year it’s been a revelation.

Photo taken on Monday. Two days before that it was perhaps even more striking, with green still prominent in the mix..


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It’s all a little bit strange though because last year, and indeed for each of the previous years that we’ve lived here, the tree has looked like this…


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Golden yellow leaves, pretty enough in themselves but rapidly turning brown and dropping off.  Ne’er the slightest bit of red to be seen. The change seems to be entirely due to sunshine.. the acer is the one tree left standing at the bottom of the lawn now the two large beech trees are gone.

It has seen the light. And become truly spectacular.


It’s been a funny old couple of weeks. There’s been precious little time for blogging, either at my place or yours. Last week was full on and as a result I have plenty of progress to report, if I can get off the hamster wheel long enough to sit down and write. Just as life was starting to return to a more even keel there were problems with the blog, mostly due to my habit of sticking fingers into things I know nothing about and partly thanks to an upgrade that didn’t go quite as smoothly as it could. And then, as I thought I’d got it all back under control, disaster struck.

Picture the scene if you will. It’s late at night, the blogger is tired and may have had a couple of glasses of wine. She thought she’d do just one more (oh so little) thing before calling it a day.. a headline that should have been in bold.. only to hit the wrong button and send the whole theme back to default. Yes, there was one of those little pop up boxes which said “Are you sure?” And did I pay heed to it? No. Everything went. Layout, logos, colour schemes, the lot. Sidebars and title bars appeared where they’d never been seen before. It was the wee small hours before I eventually got to bed.


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Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Robert’


Now the weather’s going decidedly downhill too. So let’s bring on every last bit of sunshine we can get.

Luckily there’s still plenty of it to be found in leaves.


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Butter yellow from Hydrangea petiolaris

See my friendly little shield bug?


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Davidia involucrata

The handkerchief tree may have been testing my patience, over the last ten years, with a notable failing in the bract department but it is trying to make up for it with elegantly fading autumn leaves.


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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

It’s been flowering for weeks now but to add to the beauty its leaves are gradually turning from green to deep maroon.


Are grasses counted as foliage? They can be said to bear inflorescence(s?) but I do still tend to put them in the same bracket as leaves when it comes to providing texture in the border. I’ve made a couple of new purchases over the last few weeks.


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Melica altissima atropurpurea. Love the seed heads on this one.


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Panicum virgatum ‘Squaw’, looking fabulous after yesterday’s rain.

If a challenge to photograph. The slightest whiff of a breeze sets it in motion.


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Sempervivum ‘Terracotta Baby’

My experiment with growing sempervivums in wall cracks has been a reasonable success. Two out of three have survived. It remains to be seen what will happen this winter but I’m hoping this little beauty has got itself well stuck in there now. Happy enough to produce babies at any rate. Perhaps I should pot some of them up as insurance?


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Hydrangea, variety unknown


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Returning to the red end of the spectrum, Cotoneaster is on fire this week.


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Cornus kousa ‘Wieting’s Select’

The cornus trees are at the peak of their autumn best.


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Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’


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Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’

And the most flamboyant japanese maple of them all has started her countdown.. the merest hint of what is yet to come.


I’ll leave you with a final shot of that colour changing acer, glimpsed through the trees at the woodland edge, revelling in its new found light..


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The natives, as you see, are not quite ready for turning. Maybe next month?


Linking up with Christina at My Garden of the Hesperides (here) for Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day.