A patient wait for one of my favourite trees to berry has almost been rewarded; the first few berries are appearing and soon they will turn pink and blue, but for now the Clerodendrum trichotomum (below) is a cloud of bright capsules and some emerging green and pink berries. In the next few weeks, it will be a riot of fuchsia and blue berries.
Rose hips are excellent this year, but in particular these huge lantern-like ones, which are abundant on the rose bushes “Rosa moyesii Geranium”.
There is more flaming red colour on the Euonymus alatus (Winged spindle) and the many red cotoneaster berries around the garden.
Other plants and trees are beginning to change and this Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is a beautiful combination of dark reds and greens at the moment.
One of our large Japanese Maples, the Acer palmatum septum lobum sanguinium, which is over 100 years old, is getting ever redder by the day and will soon resemble a huge burning bush.
The tree that has given me the greatest delight this last few weeks is the Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum). It‘s not a big tree and its heart-shaped leaves have changed to a gorgeous golden and pink colour. As they fall they give off the most delicious caramel fragrance. I walk past it every evening to shut my chickens in and find myself scooping up handfuls of the leaves and waiting a moment while I inhale the wonderful sweet smell.
If you would like to come and see some of our trees on a guided walk with a free lunch afterwards, James and I will be taking two tree walks on 21st and 24th October and would be delighted to see you. Please book soon as spaces are limited 01874 730 371.