Foliage Day – October 2013
It’s that time of year again. When we watch the foliage closely for signs of ‘turning’, with little thought given to the fact they will soon be gone and we’ll be longing for the days when leaves return.
We’re in the moment, enjoying the pretty colours.
I have my Pumpkins bought and look forward to carving them. I’ve been tempted by cheap, cute pumpkin Halloween lights but then sense prevails and I realise it’s probably pointless.
But they’re too cute!
Anyway, I’m looking forward to the pretty, sparkly, festive season ahead and always, always get carried away.
This year it’s come early for me, mainly because I work 4 weeks in advance so I’m working towards the beginning of December and thus rarely ever know what the current date is! When people ask me I always have to really think what the current week is because I’m busy planning so far in advance. I actually didn’t realise it was as late in October and had a nasty surprise when I realised it’s the 28th next week! School holidays are always difficult for us and I dread them because naturally, most people want time off for their children but it causes me no end of problems.
I am very much looking forward to the clocks going back; this means I’ll be getting up in the light once more. There’s nothing I hate more than getting up in the dark and I’m happy to sacrifice daylight after work if it means I’m able to wake up faster in the morning.
Some foliage just looks far nicer when backlit.
Acer ‘Katsura’ has a few leaves turning, however most are still green like in the lower right image. Meanwhile, Astile doesn’t die well, although I wouldn’t quite class it has being awful.
Ivy is doing well, one I planted from an indoor Christmas arrangement a few years ago, the other is coming in from next door. I’ll need to tidy it and if I’m not careful it’ll soon be smothering the BBQ on the upper tier.
Sometimes the season in the garden can seemingly change before our eyes…
Well exactly that happened this weekend. On Saturday I noticed yellow on the Hosta. So far very little. Just some spots and one leaf to the left beginning to turn yellow at its edges.
On the Sunday I opened the kitchen blinds and couldn’t believe how much yellow had developed overnight.
Next year Herb Robert is going to be a problem. I don’t want to get rid of it as I’ve always wanted it in the garden but it’s a little too prolific. I’ve already ripped it out twice this year and it’s grown back and still blooming. However, Geranium Phaeum also seems to be a very happy self-seeder. The tier bark chippings act as a brilliant nursery for many plants as there are often seedlings popping up sporadically. I either need to pull them, or I might pass some on to my parents.
Oh, and Veronicastrum is dying. In previous years this has most definitely been a plant which does not die well, so I’m waiting to see how it is this year. It may look fine now but the leaves will likely turn black.
Autumn has arrived for the Flat-topped Aster and Persicaria. Persicaria will eventually collapse into a mushy pile.
And now for the ‘baddies’. Those which most definitely do not die well.
Finally, Acer ‘Garnet’ has yet to don its red coat and Sorbua Forestii, although still tiny has extremely pretty leaves; I very much look forward to it being a mature tree.