19/52: signs of autumn

My three beautiful weeping japanese maples, Inaba shidare, continue to delight every autumn, with their vibrant burgundy tones.

They seem to all be at various stages of colour-changing, though unfortunately the photos do not do them justice.

weeping japanese maples in autumn (3)

weeping japanese maples in autumn (2)

weeping japanese maples in autumn (4)

Moving around the garden, there seems to be an abundance of the reddish and burgundy tones, including the delightful nandina.

nandina

Even some of the flowers are in an analogous colour range, such as the nerines and fuchsia.

nerine

fuchsia

Just when you thought they were all very similar, the marvellous marigolds stand out golden in their contrast.

marigolds

marvellous marigolds

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187/366: leaf me alone

Greenery and leaves form an intrinsic part of any garden. I love the way they come in so many different shapes, sizes and shades of green.

152/366: autumn hues

On this last day of Autumn in Australia, the sky is unusually blue. I can’t speak for other cities, but in Melbourne it is like a last hurrah before Winter sets in. Yesterday I took a photo of the autumn leaves on the nandina in the back yard, with a maple in the background.

I love the way the colours co-ordinate with their burgundies and crimsons.

I was moved to recreate this photo since the sun is shining. Why not do it now? I thought. Ah, the wonders of digital photography! However, my plans were foiled by the shade cast by some conifers, so instead I took some of the maple at the rear of the property, with filtered sunlight creating some lovely images.

136/366: planting out the lower bluestone bed

Creating a new garden is always so satisfying, although sometimes the spaces left between the plants can look really empty. A few short years later though, you find out if you did actually allow enough growing room.

After our first bluestone wall was constructed, we planted out the lower bed first.

The nandina in the centre of the bed is still thriving; a lovely mass of colour.

Looking down towards the house from the top tier of the back yard, while it was still a grassed area, you can see the garden taking shape. Next project: the upper bluestone bed. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.