Different tree species lose their leaves at different times and it's always the horse chestnuts that go first after a rather half-hearted display of autumn colour. Sycamores are next and they don't even try to put on a show, their leaves turning from an unremarkable green to a sludgy brown before they drop ( I don't like sycamore trees, except in my log-pile). Beech trees do much better and their leaves are starting to colour up nicely with the oaks not far behind. A good frost usually speeds things up but we've been spared that so far.
Hill Top garden has a few good autumn colour candidates including the Eucryphia I mentioned in an earlier post, some deciduous azaleas and a Crimson Glory Vine (Vitis cognetiae) which covers the wall of the pub next door.
|Crimson Glory vine|
Hopefully by March next year we'll have a fantastic display to brighten up the start of the new season.
|Sore knees anyone?|
|Tiny ones were encouraged to cheat!|
Oh well, back to those leaves.....
Post and photos by Pete the Gardener.