GBFD – There is a little autumn colour

There are only a few things I miss about not living in England and most of those are garden-related.  Bluebells in spring (I have wild cyclamen in autumn here which I love almost as much), spring bulbs in everybody’s gardens, the possibility of visiting inspiring gardens easily and, at this time of year, the changes of colour of foliage of trees and shrubs.

It’s not that there is no change in colour at all; the pomegranate turns a love bright yellow before the leaves fall, the apricot is taking time to lose its foliage and that too turns an appealing yellow, but there is very little more.  Cotinus look more or less the same colour they’ve looked since spring and I doubt they will become the gorgeous red that I’ve seen in other gardens around the world.

The pomegranate contrasts well with the surrounding evergreen foliage and when the leaves do fall the form of the tree is lovely

Foliage on the apricot turn yellow before falling

The walnuts changed to a brown-yellow before quickly falling.   Oaks hang onto their foliage here in the same way that beech does in the UK; the dead foliage persists until the new foliage appears the following spring; I don’t find this characteristic as attractive in trees as I do with beech or hornbeam hedges.

The largest tree in the garden, the mulberry slowly losses its leaves with hardly any change in colour at all

I planted two Lagerstroemia (crape myrtles) because they flower very late August and into September and maybe even October when they are larger and their foliage does change to an attractive red in autumn.  But nothing very exciting, the main autumn colour here really is fresh green, which is welcome after the drought of summer.

When the Lagerstoemia are larger they will add some bright colour

Kochia trichophylla, an annual does provide some deep pink in that the flowers, seeds and stems of the plant all change to an exciting crimson as autumn progresses.

Some grasses also delight me with their change of colour but most of their interest derives from their flowers.

Panicum adds some bright tints

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Evergreen Trachelospermum jasminoides tries hard with some leaves turning to the best red I have in the garden but only a few leaves do this the rest remaining resolutely green.

Looking at these images you might think I do have some autumn colour but it really is very limited,   so I have been reading with great pleasure posts from the UK and the US full of wondrous, breath-taking colour, feasting my eyes on such an incredible range of foliage colour I almost wonder why anyone gardens for flowers at all!

I’m adding links to some great posts but I’m eager for more.  To join in GBFD just write your post and add your link to your comment here.  I’ll be just as interested to see some spring/early summer foliage from the Southern hemisphere.

Debbs Garden Journal has a wonderful woodland as part of her garden, at this time of year it looks wonderful. Here are three posts you might enjoy. One, two, three.

Pauline at Lead up the Garden Path has also posted a couple of times sharing the colours around her in Devon. The Golden glow of November and about a glorious visit to Westonbirt.

To all my US readers have a very happy Thanksgiving.

22 thoughts on “GBFD – There is a little autumn colour

  1. Hey Christina – I can relate! I miss the fall color in British Columbia, Canada sooooooo much! There is fall color here too – but very different. Just not the same, eh? I do appreciate what I have though….and the temperate winters! There is always something to be thankful for 🙂

    • Yes, there’s always something to be thankful for, Iam so enjoying these autumn days that are more like spring. I will just have to find a feew plants that will add just a little bit of bright autumn foliage. Christina

    • I’m not sure that’s true, in England they have fantastic colour, I think the US is famous because there is such a huge area of colour together where as in the UK it is more spaced into small woodland areas and gardens. Christina

  2. You have some lovely contrasting foliage Christina and some super colours for autumn. All our colours are now blowing away in the wind!
    Thank you for your kind comments about my recent posts. I think I agree with you about colour in the UK. We don’t have many native trees here that show wonderful autumn colour, possibly only the beech and field maples, but if they are in your area then there is plenty of colour to enjoy, plus of course all the wonderful gardens and arboretum that are there for us to visit.
    I don’t really need to do a link to my post, you have already done it for me,

    • I suppose that is the difference between the UK and US, their autumn colour comes from natives rather than introductions. I’ve really enjoyed all your posts about autumn. I do hope your shoulder is now recovering well so you can enjoy the run up to Chris…… (I’m not going to say it yet!). Christina

  3. That kochia is fantastic! You said it is annual, does it self seed? I just love it! (and that is a request… ;-))
    Willows are loosing still green leaves and so do the poplars here. Many trees still have the leaves on, apparently only the liquidambars (which I refuse to grow because they’re not native) have some fall colour… We shall go to the mountains to see some nice fall colours.
    Our plants are experiencing a second spring after summer hibernation rather than fall, that’s why everything is so green and fresh. I remember when it used to be different some years ago…

  4. Beautiful views Christina. The autumn color here has been rather muted although there were a few spectacular trees along the roadside. Foliage in my garden is decidedly unremarkable this month so I will sit back and enjoy everyone else’s posts for GBFD.

  5. thanks for hosting this meme Christina, you have some lovely dots of colour, I feel the same as you my post makes it look like there was more than it really was, as my garden is big and only partly cultivated it is all spread out.

    I love not just the colours but also the contrasting textures of and around your pomegranate, the crapes murtles might be small but the colour is beautiful as is the colour of the Kochia. At least with your weather you can get out and enjoy your garden.

    I agree that the UK has beautiful autumn colour in a very tiny area, the USA must be nearly as big as western Europe and the colour is not all over, my cousins in California prefer an English autumn.

    my foliage post is posted though the foliage is from earlier in the month but I decided to wait to post to join your meme, thanks.


    • Thanks for joining in Frances; the Mediterannean climate doesn’t provide much autumn colour so the same for California where the climate is the same. We can enjoy the other posts, Christina

      • I noticed when I visited my Aunt and cousins in July ’92 that many trees were loosing their leaves already due to the dry weather, the leaves were just going brown and crisp and falling off, I then realised why there was little or no autumn colour, Frances

  6. Very nice Christina. I’ve just returned from a week in Northern England and normally in November the trees are bare. But this year, the autumn colour was just magnificent – though some sunshine to light it up would’ve been nice! Dave

  7. Hi Christina, I am not familiar with kochia. It really is lovely! Crepe myrtles are very popular trees in our area. They offer something in every season. Bright colors are wonderful, but the textures and various shades of evergreen contribute a lot to the beauty of many gardens, including yours.

    Also, thanks for including links to my fall foliage posts! I have been out of town the past week, and I came home today to find everything buried under dried brown leaves. Huge piles cover even the patio. Only a little colorful fall foliage left now. I have a lot of oak trees. Some of them hang onto their leaves till next spring. I wish they would just drop their leaves with the rest of them. It seems I have falling leaves throughout the winter.

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