Garden Blogger’s Foliage day – October 2012
Foliage… Right… We’re quickly losing a lot of the foliage. A problem I am well aware of, mainly due to the fact I dislike evergreens. Yes they’re handy in winter, but I just don’t like them. They’re often waxy or plasticy and imo, ugly.
However, this doesn’t help me during the winter months, does it?
Don’t get me wrong, I do have some evergreens and I recognise that I ought to have more, it’s just I find many unappealing. Although there are some very pretty unusual firs that I’d love to have if I had the space for them.
The colours this year are amazing; the best I’ve seen in years. Almost every tree looks stunning, plus the often sunny weather is helping immensely… Is it just me, or is everyone else experiencing lots of huge, Monster spiders around their homes???! Normally we see them in August- early September. Yes we had them then, but now over the past week or two I’ve seen loads more! Eeeeeek.
I should warn you now; this is a long one.
Flat-topped Aster once again shows why it’s so useful in the garden. After its blooms, it has pretty seed heads, then its rainbow shades and finally in winter it is very pretty when covered in frost or snow.
The green in the midst of the reds, orange and yellows is in fact a species Foxglove. I meant to move it this year but the rains of spring and summer stopped me.
Roseraie de L’hay has had a good year, with lovely lush growth, plenty of blooms and now a glorious golden coat that glows in the sun:
It even has some new buds on it… They’re unlikely to bloom though before they die.
Jasmine is losing its leaves, although not as beautifully colours as many other plants, and the Lady’s Mantle doesn’t look to be declining quite yet. I do have to wonder whether I’d prefer the foliage to remain year-round or would I miss autumn?
The Heuchera has managed to self-seed in two places… I am passing them onto my parents; I don’t want them. Although their dainty blooms are quite nice if you look closely. Meanwhile the fresh Aquilegia leaves didn’t last very long and the foliage of Yarrow and Asters
My little Acer ‘Katsura’ is only just showing signs of changing. Previously it has produced quite a spectrum of colours, with emeralds, garnets, ambers and rubies… I hope this year isn’t a disappointment.
Tiny little Sorbus Forestii has very pretty leaves… Just imagine once it’s a 3m tree! The blooms on Aster Lady in Black are just opening now… Note to self. Create some proper steps up to the upper tier so one doesn’t slip onto their derrière trying to step back down.
The Hosta really begins to look ugly once they turn yellow… they turn a really rotten yellow and really do not die well at all.
A small gem in the border is the Campanula, with beautiful fresh green leaves. Seedling Foxgloves are doing well, and I have potted them on ready to be planted. I planted quite a few a while ago, but they all disappeared……… Never had the Foxgloves eaten before. But thankfully I kept one pot behind and now have quite a few that I think are large enough to survive.
One plant which definitely it not dying well, is the Veronicastrum… Those black leaves…
Acer ‘garnet’ may not be a large tree… In fact it’s barely over 30cm at the moment, but it really is amazing. I’m actually wishing I planted it somewhere I can easily see it from the house and can enjoy it easily.