Delights of Autumn

2009_10170006Finally 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.

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'

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.

Amelanchier canadensis 'Snowy Mespilus'

Amelanchier canadensis 'Snowy Mespilus'

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.

Circumfuga

Circumfuga

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.

8 Comments on “Delights of Autumn

  1. I’m glad to see your Cimicifuga looks just like mine. I didn’t remember seeing the leaves change color before. It does change to a pretty color though.

  2. Yes, you do have some lovely fall colors there! I enjoyed seeing them. I’m glad you were able to be out enjoying them.

  3. Love the colours in your photos. Did you know that as well as natural mulching, leaving fallen leaves on beds and borders provides an over-wintering habitat for useful insects that help to rid the garden of pests in the spring and summer

  4. Good news on the serviceberry. I hope mine starts earning its keep soon but right now there are no leaves. Autumn is so awesome for its colors!

  5. I’m so jealous of you – I’d love to be able to have lots of autumn colour in my garden, but it’s so small I have to make do with the one Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’. Still, it’s looking pretty good at the moment.

  6. I do miss the wonder of Woolies 😦 Some lovely autumn colour in your garden Helen and it was a good weekend for being outside.

  7. I too do an autumn tidy up because some of the plants die and the wet foliage flattens the smaller plants nearby and hides the spring bulbs. I have started to chuck any leaves I pick up into the corners of the garden or behind climbing shrubs as part of my plans to encourage wildlife. This is good cover for my lazy approach to tidying in general.

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