Over the last couple of days the weather has gone distinctly autumnal, we really could have done with lighting the fire last night, but it’s still August so we just stuck an extra jumper on instead! There were a few comments on facebook about people putting their heating on!
The rose hips on the briar roses are huge this year, like rosy tomatoes! We’ve got a hedge of briar and hedgehog roses along the back fence, so there’s lots of hips to see at the moment.
The foliage plants are starting to come into there own now, whilst I was photographing the hips I noticed this eunonymus and pulmonaria at my feet almost underneath the rhodedendron bush.
In the Amber & Amethyst garden the echinacea are still looking good, the colour looks great next to the deep blue of the veronica spires and the turning foliage of the pieris, the red leaves are looking lovely.
Over in the rose bed opposite the summerhouse I noticed the Pheasant berry (Leycesteria formosa or Himalayan Honeysuckle) was flowering, these are unusual flowers, more like bracts really, the birds love the berries that follow.
The sedums around the garden are starting to come into their own, this one’s reasonably upright, once they really flop then they need dividing in the autumn…two for the price of one!
The cotinus coggyria or smoke bush is just starting to get it’s autumn colour, the outer leaves are quite red. I love this bush, but the colours never seem to come out on a photograph, imagine all shades of red wine!
Hopefully this week I’ll manage to do a bit more tidying up, starting to get the garden ready for the winter!