Given that my garden is not exactly blessed with flowering plants at this time of the year I must look to all the trees and shrubs which are now providing colour especially as the dry weather has encouraged a good show......Flowers, who needs them?
|Cotoneaster 'Chinese Hybrid'|
|Sorbus 'Joseph Rock'|
This Mountain Ash or Rowan is coming in to its own now, the yellow berries contrast beautifully with the reddening leaves, this small tree is one of my favourites. Notice the colour changes in the leaves of the Witch-hazel (Hamamelis mollis) bottom left, it won't be too long before this is in flower. The variegated foliage bottom right belongs to Pieris 'Forest Flame', which is now well over 2 meters tall.
|Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'|
|Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii')|
|Spirea japonica 'Golden Princess'|
|Azalea 'Exbury Hybrid'|
|Betula pendula 'Youngii'|
This exotic looking giant with its yellowing leaves is of course Aesculus hippocastanum or the Horse-chestnut. The squirrels are now busily burying conkers everywhere particularly where the ground is loose. Any plants or bulbs that have been recently put in are unceremoniously uprooted in the process, I hate them!
|Cotinus coggygria 'Grace'|
And here it is, much better with a bit of sun.
Hope you enjoyed a trip round the garden with not a flower in sight!