Trees and memory

Light is precious as autumn gives way to winter. With sunshine and clear skies, today was perfect for planting trees. I’ve put some evergreens in at the top of the field. Partly to remove a future view of the new housing estate on the other side of the tracks. Partly to provide a backdrop for future deciduous trees in the field. Partly because I like conifers. There’s 24 in place now – they seem very vulnerable in the open field but I’m hoping they’ll do OK. IMG_1105

Pinus wallichiana, a wonderful gift, has a great church view and – in the future – beyond.IMG_1107

The hedgerow looking quite wild, in need of weeding – but great, strong growth this year.IMG_1114

Chimneys of Snakesbury and the woodland beyond.IMG_1115

Three newly-planted Acer rubrum; the edge of a future clearing in the future woodland.IMG_1120

The big cherry lost most of its leaves in a single week. Soon to sleep.IMG_1099

Deciduous larch catches fire in the low afternoon light.IMG_1124

Through the hedge.IMG_1129

Classic autumn hues of cotinus and beech.IMG_1135

Recent visits by the heron have depleted the pond but there’s still life in there.IMG_1127

Some very sad news this week. Poppy is no longer with us. She was the most wonderful dog. I planted this Koelreuteria paniculata in her memory. Forever in a field in England.IMG_1102

Poppy. You will be missed.14842353110_cd122d8919_o

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Where the time goes

Autumn colour has reached its ultimate; from here on the colour falls and seeps away into the damp earth. Frosts are starting to knock the more delicate leaves back to earth too. Owl hoots echo through the dark early evenings and into the long nights.

These sedum take on an anaemic look as their colours drain away.IMG_1098A few red berries remain – full of sugar, an attractive autumn snack for birds.IMG_1093The spindle reds go beyond natural, and then they are gone.IMG_1081Cotinus: no smoke but lots of fire.IMG_1077Dogwood leaves drop to reveal their black upright stems.IMG_1069Rowan, red enough to take a position in the field.IMG_1055Prunus ‘Collingwood Ingram’ and liquidambar IMG_1058Pinus radiata: a cone for Christmas.IMG_1046Acer rubrum: nearly lost the lot now but they were incredible.IMG_1036Parrotia persica catching the last of the evening light in the last of its leaves.IMG_1022Rhus glabra ‘Laciniata’ in a delicate moment before final fall.IMG_1076

Soon most of the colour will have gone to ground, the leaves will be away and the low sun won’t really warm the ground. Winter is coming.

Colour before the fall

Deciduous plants are nearing their prime in terms of colour. Autumn has as much interest as spring – if not more – with small dramas breaking out all over the garden.

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I want more of these cyclamen.

It is the time of the aster..

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..and the liriope.

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A callicarpa (for Babs)..

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Miscanthus are perfect in this light..

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..and liriodendron is butter yellow against an evening contrail.

The variety of colour this year is quite incredible. Perhaps the long hot summer has something to do with it.

A good year for fruiting trees too with an abundance of berries for the birds to feast on.

Time feels suspended – if only by wanting it to be. Winter’s on it’s way but an amazing show is happening in the meanwhile. Lots to do, lots to look at too.

Autumn

Autumn mornings are damp and heavy with dew. Mist flows downhill and gathers in areas where it is obstructed.

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The sun rises late these days; usually after we have left for work so we miss how it catches the last of the mist.

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The deciduous plants are hanging on to their leaves for now, slowly changing colour every day with some spectacular results.

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Liquidambar
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Tupelo

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Cherry
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Spindle
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Cornus and sedum
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Rhus

Autumn is the perfect season for propagation. I’ve been busy splitting perennials, planting seeds and bulbs and doing cuttings. There’s also more than 200 trees to be planted in the next month or so but the shorter days catch me by surprise and it’s dark before I know it. Winter is coming and soon it will be time to rest and plan, but in the meanwhile there’s work to be done.