Today is garden bloggers foliage day (GBFD) – a day dedicated to celebrating the backbone of the garden – foliage!
GBFD is hosted by Christine at Creating my own Garden of the Hesperides, and it’s a great time to check out the foliage in gardens all across the globe.
As summer fades into autumn, I thought I would share some of the last of the summer foliage trees before they start to change hue.
This year, I am most surprised by the little Copper Beech I planted (Fagus sylvatica ‘purpurea’) – it has had the most shimmery purple, almost black leaves all summer long. Normally at this time of year, the Copper Beech reverts to green before changing to the oranges and browns of autumn, but so far I still have almost midnight foliage.
You can just see the first hints of green creeping back into the leaves which have made it through the summer unburnt and remarkably only infrequently chewed.
As it has been such a slow grower (it has been in the garden for over a year and has not put on any new growth) I’ve religiously fed it with a liquid seaweed mix each week; that may have something to do with the healthy foliage – although there still has been no growth 😦
Not too far away from the midnight tones of the copper beech is the rosy burgundy shade of a Japanese Maple still in its summer leaf.
This one is Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ :
Its leaves are obviously more tasty to insects, but it still looks good with its summer coat 🙂
Happy GBFD and happy gardening 🙂