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Quercus rubra

Tuesday October 22nd 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 27

Quercus rubra, always late starters in the autumn colour race, are just getting into their stride :

Quercus rubra autumn 2013

Quercus rubra, common name, appropriately enough, Red Oak


Monday October 21st 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 26

An autumn photo cliche, but we’re posting it anyway – these are our chestnuts, off our trees (and yes, they were very tasty!).

Chestnuts on autumn leaves

Castanea sativa, sweet chestnut (aka common/spanish/european/eurasian chestnut, and sardian nut).

Berberis ‘Red Chief’

Sunday October 20th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 25

Berberis ‘Red Chief’ spends most of its year providing a very dark red full stop in the border;  in the autumn it brightens up a bit.

Berberis Red Chief autumn shades

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea  ‘Red Chief’ comes alive in October

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’

Saturday October 19th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 24

Carol Klein did a feature from the arboretum at Jodrell Bank on Gardener’s World last night, enthusing about Sorbus in general, and S. ‘Joseph Rock’ in particular.

We can’t argue with her;  they’re looking pretty damn good here right now too.

Sorbus 'Joseph Rock'

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ photographed in our tree aisles this morning


Euonymus alatus ‘compactus’ gets into its stride

Thursday October 17th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 22

This autumn is proving to be a slow burner, with lots of plants still hanging onto their summer foliage, but the Euonymus are getting into the autumn groove…

Euonymus alatus compactus autumn colour

Always an autumn colour favourite (and yes, that is Hydrangea arborescens ‘Anabelle’ still doing its stuff in the background)


Salvia x. sylvestris ‘Mainacht’

Wednesday October 16th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 21

Vigilant dead heading, and pretty benign autumn weather conditions, means that many plants are still looking good. Photographed just this week, the Salvia x. sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ in our front garden still have fresh blooms:

Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' deep purple-blue flowers

Salva x. sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ – presumably first named by a german botanist, and so retains its german name – although you’ll often see it listed as Salvia ‘May Night’


Courgette’s last hurrah

Tuesday October 15th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 20

Just when you think you’ve enjoyed the last of this years Eliza Acton’s vegetable mulligatawny soup, another courgette emerges from beneath the foliage:

Courgette parador fruit nestled amongst foliage

Spotted just in time – anther couple of days and it would have been a marrow. The courgettes have been productive rather than prolific this year, so we were very happy to have one last chance to eat some.

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ AGM

Monday October 14th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 19

Possibly the longest named plant we grow, but worth it for its elegantly layered branches smothered in large white flowers in early summer, and then the wonderful deep red autumn leaf colour:

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii' AGM glorious red autumn leaves

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ AGM

Parrotia persica fights back

Sunday October 13th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 18

Obviously unhappy that autumn colour arch rival Koelreuteria paniculata got extra attention yesterday, the Parrotia persica has put on some new clothes (or at least, re-coloured some old ones):

Parrotia persica autumn leaf colours

Parrotia persica, making a pretty good fist of getting all the colours of the rainbow onto one branch

Cotoneaster hybridus pendulus

Friday October 11th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 16

It seems unlikely the birds will be going hungry any time soon…

Cotoneaster hybridus pendulus smothered with autumn berries

Cotoneaster hybridus pendulus, always good for berries, but looks like it’s running at maximum capacity this year

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