As a newbie on the garden blogging scene I have been loving the various memes that help people connect and swap experiences. Since Autumn is one of my favourite seasons (the other being Spring), I got a little over excited when I came across the Fall Color Project
hosted by The Home Garden via Mr. McGregor’s Daughter
. One of the things I love about this blogging thing is that it is forcing me to get out and observe my garden more closely. I garden near Bristol in the South West of the UK, and at first glance, nothing much seemed to be happening in the leaf changing department. Certainly the acer is still covered in deep purple leaves, and it will be weeks before the silver birches show any signs of Autumn. But when I actually started wandering around and really looking, I could see that, as ever, the first signs of Autumn were showing up in the foliage of the Vitis vinifera
‘Purpurea’. All summer the deep purple leaves smother the pergola giving welcome shade, and later, match the emerging fruit. Then the fiery tints creep in, offering an altogether more exciting contrast to the lush purple ‘grapes’.
This year it looks as if the next plant to join the party will be the Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’). I don’t think it is usually this early, perhaps it’s because it got moved in to a container last year. I love the bright red outline, it looks as if someone has been out there with a fine paintbrush.
Now I am watching for the first signs of change on the Oak Leaved Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), one of my favourite plants, and hoping that the planned trip to Westonbirt Arboretum on 10th October isn’t too early to find the acer grove in full fiery glory…