September Foliage 2012
So far only a few plants are showing signs of changing colour… Most things still seem to be green… But there is a definite chill and last night I think it was almost frost – surprised there wasn’t any tbh as my window thermometer said 0 this morning. So it was a pleasant surprise that when out planting bulbs I spotted 1 Comma and 2 Small Tortoiseshells enjoying the autumn sun and blooms.
Anyway, onto the foliage. Not many photos, mainly due to there being little change as mentioned above. But also because of poor weather and I haven’t been well (still not better after before, on antibiotics again, only this time with added steroids and an x-ray of my chest due for Monday. Woot)
Ah yes, so where was I?
Foliage! Yes, lovely green foliage…
It’s interesting to see that one Fuji Cherry is in its full autumn regalia, yet the other is still in full summer mode… Does this prove that it isn’t the local conditions which matter, but the stock from which the plants come??
Last weekend I finally planted my Skimmia, as well as moved two Astilbe from the back garden and finally planted plenty of bulbs around them…
The small shrub Rowan (Sorbus Fruticosa) also believes it’s autumn and I hope next year it will grow some more now it’s no longer smothered by the Astilbes I moved.
Flat-topped Aster’s lower leaves are turning colour, however the blooms continue to go strong. I think in spring it will need dividing up.
Finally I’ll leave you with the brilliant red of Japanese Blood Grass and the vibrant green of a Chrysanthemum. Sadly the Blood grass hasn’t done well this year – I took too long moving it from its spot I overwintered it in. However, they are looking much happier now they’re in a sunny spot and hopefully next year it will be a real feature.