Welcome to GBFD; I promised when I said that I wouldn’t be posting every month any more that I would post if I thought there was something worth sharing with you.
I complain most years that there is no autumn colour in my garden except for the Pomegranate, that changes to a lovely buttery yellow each year.
The weather has been extraordinary this year in every season. Last winter was cold, very cold with nighttime lows over a long period of below zero degrees Centigrade and for some of the time much lower than that. The cold weather was interrupted by some warm weather in March which encouraged many plants to flower much earlier than usual; unfortunately this was followed by a cold April including a frost late in the month. The third week in May was the beginning of an exceptionally hot and dry summer. Temperatures were in the high 30’s and low 40’s for weeks and weeks. When September arrived with a little rain I was very relieved but that was short lived as we’ve had very little rain since then. So we’ve had a year with hardly any rain.
Autumn has been very different too with warm days (not unusual) but cool to cold nights from the beginning of October. this week we had a frost and yesterday morning (well the middle of the night really) when I was taking my husband to the airport the temperatures registered 1°C locally here to 10°C by the time we arrived at the airport in Rome and back to just 3°C when I returned home.
The swings in temperature between night and day has stimulated the foliage of many of my trees and shrubs to change colour so for the first time since I’ve gardened here my garden has some yellows and reds.
The golden hues in the above image of the Drive border are from the dwarf Pomegranate, Crab Apple and Lonicera fragrantissima
The left side border at the end of the first week in November. The Pomegranate is its usual butter yellow but the Mulberry and Melia haven’t really started to change colour.
Above the Melia is turning colour and beginning to lose its leaves revealing the bright yellow berries that will remain all winter.
If you would like to share some autumn colour from your garden or feature some foliage that is giving you pleasure this month please just link to and from this post.