It’s the 22nd and that means Garden Bloggers Foliage Day hosted by Christina at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides
While the best of the displays finished a few weeks ago, there are still a couple of autumn-hued plants in the garden and this late into Autumn, it would appear that brown, in any shade, is the garden’s coat of choice.
The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is always one of the last trees to loose its leaves and this was one of the reasons I planted it: to ensure that I had as long an autumn season as possible in years to come.
Its delicate needles turn a lovely old-gold/peach shade, which complement the other browns in the autumn garden. It has put on a good amount of growth since planting, in fact, doubling in size in year – you can see the comparisons at this link:
Curiously, the Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘purpurea’) has also held onto its leaves really late this year. All of the other Beeches around town were at their peak a week or so ago, yet this one has only just started turning. This tree has had lovely midnight leaves all spring, summer and autumn long and these only reverted to green (which can be seen in some of the leaves) about two weeks before it changed to its autumn colours.
Like the Dawn Redwood, it is an exercise in browns. But unlike the Dawn Redwood, this plant hasn’t grown one new leaf since planted over a year ago:
While I know beeches are slow to get going, this one has taken that a bit too far….I’ll keep an eye on it this year. If it still refuses to grow then I may have to replace it.
The Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’ is also a set of browns, but I love the coppery tones of this one in the morning sun:
Autumn is always too short…Happy GBFD and Happy Gardening 🙂