A walk around the garden on this cold and misty morning was a treat and just served to remind me how gardens change and evolve with each season. The immature Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ is still only 2m tall but is already showing it’s well earned reputation for fabulous autumn colour. The red tipped foliage of the Photinia fraserii hedge glistens with dew and is quietly beginning to go to sleep for winter.
The young purple beech hedge is gradually knitting together to give us some privacy in the middle garden and I am pleased with it after just three years from 60cm whips, particularly given the awful first two winters it endured. It has had it’s first proper trim this year and I think we will see some real progress next summer now that it has got it’s feet down.
The Cotinus coggrya left from the previous garden in the middle of the lawn had got too big and sprawling and was therefore cut back hard in spring to either rejuvenate it or kill it off! The pruning worked and it responded with bigger and better leaves but on thin wispy branches. It will get the same treatment next year and should be even better for it. It is under-planted with cream tulips, yellow primroses and Geranium sanguineum and looks a treat!
Despite being munched by Viburnum beetle earlier in the year which turned a lot of it’s leaves into lace, the guelder rose, Viburnum opulus, has managed to retain some foliage which will gradually turn a beautiful shade of dark pink. The few bright red berries it produced have all gone, snaffled by the blackbirds, pigeons or squirrels!
My little Peris japonica in a pot likes it’s position by the front door and is always putting on a show. At the moment it is covered in pink buds which burst into white flowers in spring to welcome visitors to the door. It is a constant talking point.
The emerging fat pink buds of Skimmia japonica, the hips of the dog rose poking through the Pyracantha, the fading flowers of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and the seed heads of Echinacea purpurea are all telling me it’s nearly time for me to stay indoors and start looking through those seed catalogues!