I often complain that there is no autumn colour in my garden, but this month I can claim to have some!
Lonicera, honeysuckle has lovely pink leaves at present; they’re hanging on too which is a bonus when even green leaves have been ripped from stems and branches by strong winds.
Melia azedarach is beginning to show some buttery yellow foliage, but these leaves usually fall very quickly to reveal their bright yellow berries, which stand out beautifully again a blue sky.
Look how much new foliage the Quercus ilex have put on during autumn, that’s more than in most springs!
Acca sellowiana, Feijoa has also benefited from the warm wet autumn this year; it is better for the plants to put on new growth now rather than in spring as often the plant can’t sustain the foliage put on in spring which might be followed by a very dry July and August as happened this year. Lots of shrubs and trees put on masses of new growth, more than I’d ever seen before because of the very wet spring but then the new growth shrivelled and died due to the drought in August. New growth now has time to become strong enough to withstand drought conditions.
What foliage is attracting your attention this month; is it colourful autumn tints or new growth that is making the most impact?
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