September in the Garden
The garden may not be as colourful in
September as it is in May or October but there
is still much to enjoy. On a sunny day the garden is full of shadows and contrasts highlighting the many different types of foliage from the blue cedar, to the shiny leaves of Magnolia grandiflora and the early autumn colour of the Acers.
the warmth of the sun. There are quite a few
Speckled Woods and a Peacock or two to be found.
Some of the conifers are in cone, one of the more prolific is Abies koreana, a Wilson
introduction from Korea. A beautiful compact
pyramid shaped tree with blue cones. They are
very sticky to touch.
Many of the shrubs are covered in berries and seed pods. Some of the strangest seed pods are to be found on the magnolias which are also covered in flower bud, looking promising for next year.
Euonymous alatus, the Spindle Tree, is covered in its attractive red and orange fruit.A deciduous shrub, a native of China and Japan.
Some of the trees are beginning to show their
autumn colour. The Nyssas, Liquidambers and Parrotias all are showing signs of red and the Disanthus cercidifolius are already a deep red. A member of the Witch Hazel family,
Hamamelidaceae, and a great asset to the early autumn garden. It is not the easiest to grow but seems to like it here.