Delights of Autumn
Finally managed to get out into the garden this weekend and start the big autumn clean up. I have been getting increasingly fustrated as due to the weather and major work in the house I haven’t been able to get on and I could see the garden descending into even more chaos then normal. Saturday was a glorious autumn day with the sun shining and filtering through the overhead coppery leaves, like stained glass.
It struck me as I raked up leaves that some of the shrubs that I had bought for their spring flowers were equally as attractive in the autumn when their leaves changed colour. All around the garden there are patches of bonfire colours. Some people say that you should leave the fallen leaves on the borders to act as a mulch and I can see the logic in this. However, apart from under the shrubs, I like to collect the leaves up. Many of my small perennials get swamped with all the leaves that fall on my garden and it seems a pity for them to disappear from view especially as many of them are evergreen and much valued in the winter.
The Amelanchier is finally beginning to earn its keep. I bought the shrub a couple of years ago from Woolworths – it was literally a stick at the time and cost me the princely sum of £2. I do believe that it is best to buy plants small not just because they are cheaper but because they establish better and soon catch up and overtake others which have been planted at a more advanced stage. This spring for the first time the Amelanchier had dainty white flowers along with the coppery new shoots and I was thrilled to see how attractive its fading leaves are this weekend.
I was also taken with the foilage on the Circumfuga. It appears in late spring very dark and dramatic but in the last week its as though the colour has been completely washed out of some of the leaves, with just a dark fringe around the edges. I love this plant it has wonderful foilage, dainty flowers and a heady scent and comes up year after year. I just need to be successful in propogating it and I will be really happy.