Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The Outlook is Yellow.......



No, I'm not jaundiced! But leaves and trees all seem to be shades of yellow at the moment. Above is the view from our back door into the garden, looking over the Park towards the hills. We can only really see the hills when the leaves are off the trees in winter, but I noticed this morning seeing a couple of lights twinkling on the hillside, as so many of the leaves came down when we had some very high winds.




We have a few maples in the Park, their leaves are a gorgeous colour now.




Our little Rowan tree, which I proudly announce I grew from a seedling I found in the garden, turns a gorgeous shade of red, but drops its leaves very quickly.




One of the loveliest flowers out now are the Mahonias. Ours grow in a rather unfriendly space by the shed, but come out every year without fail. As the flowers fade, the blue tits come and eat something there - its not berries as they haven't formed yet, and they are not eating flowers!





One of our shrubs on our patio has made a bright blaze of orange, right outside my kitchen window. I think its a Golden Spirea, but whatever it is, its great!




The sunflowers are over now, but their leaves are turning a very pretty shade of pale yellow. They will all have to come up this winter, as they are very keen on taking over the garden! They have taken over the bed they were supposed to share with day lilies, and are now eyeing the lawn! It will be a dreadful job digging them up, as they are like the dreaded Ground Elder - every little bit of root enthusiastically grows into a new sunflower plant! I don't think Mr.G or I will be able to do this, in fact I know we won't, so help will be sought!

I suppose really those dratted sunflowers are like anything we know we ought to get rid of - habits, weight, obsessions or addictions. Leave even the tiniest bit behind and before you can turn round they are all over you again.

11 comments:

Cloudhands said...

You have created some lovely pictures today, I am especially fond of the maple leaves. Your keen philosophical observations at the end were right on the spot and I liked the comparison to clearing the garden of aggressive plants.

much2ponder said...

Beautiful photos Gilly. Here in Wisconsin the leaves are mostly all down and things are looking brown. The past two weeks we hit peak and now it seems the leaves are giving in and falling to the ground. So it goes as the seasons change. Hope things are good in your corner. Blessings:)

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Beautiful pictures! I think your garden looks lovely and you have some nice plants.

g said...

Oh, are those lovely!! That's one thing we don't get enough of in Southern California - autumn leaves. We get a few, but not like that. And they don't color up well.

I'm delighted to see that mahonia! It's a Pacific Northwest native I've always loved - how nice to think of it over in England.

kenju said...

Gilly, I think you have more color now than we do. Ours are rather drab this year.

KathyA said...

Your garden is still lovely. I never heard of mahonia before -- very interesting.
Our day lilies are calling to be separated, also. I'm trying not to hear them!

cheshire wife said...

You have quite a colourful outlook from your back door. The reds and pinks can make all the difference.

BrightenedBoy said...

I love Fall in the northern United States. The colors are so vivid, more even than what you showed here.

The leaves are beginning to fall here, so that most of the trees are half covered in yellow and red and orange. It's such gorgeous decay.

Diane said...

I had to get rid of my Mahonia a while back as it grew too big for the garden. Lovely photos Gilly

Marja said...

Gorgeous colours on your beuatiful pictures. Here everything is bright
and in full bloom

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