Thursday, 8 October 2015

Tree Following October 2015 - Sorbus Autumn Spire

The garden this evening is cloaked in the most beautiful golden light, yet sadly, my camera just does not pick up the the warm glow it casts.  We've had some welcome rain.  It's been a while since we had such a significant fall.  Trotting out to get a few shots, it occurs to me that I struggle to find another time of the year with which to compare the magical feel the garden and plants take on right about now.

I had hoped my wee rowan tree would be putting on a fine autumn display by the time this month's Tree Following post came round however that seems not to be the case.  


There are brief glimpses of the change that is about to take place.


 The late blooms that appeared last month are now open.


Those prominent red stems are glowing too.



I have weeded and cleared some of the perennials that were long past their best.  An Aster and Persicaria are all that remains in bloom here right now.  The autumn colour from the Persicaria and Cornus are most prominent here.  The small Viburnum sargentii Onondaga isn't doing too bad either. 


I plan to take weekly shots to include in next month's post.  I am hoping to capture my tree's transformation into a true Autumn Spire.  Thanks for reading and with the weekend fast approaching - have a good one!  

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  1. Beautiful red stems of your Rowan. On first and last photo your garden is still looking great at this time of year. I understand what you mean with the magical feel at this time of year, the light is different, not so much work to do, we can wander quitely in the garden and enjoy.....
    Wish you a nice weekend too.

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    1. I haven't been looking for too much to do right now Janneke. I am just letting things come to their natural end and then removing them as and when.
      Those stems are lovely aren't they?

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  2. Oh.Have you got moderation on? I don't know whether my comment has gone off for you to look at or I've done something wrong. Either way - I've enjoyed this post!

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    1. I am having issues Lucy and I don't seem to be able to find a fix. I have now switched on word verification to see if that may help. It's a real pain as a few readers are unable to comment.
      Thanks for making the effort :)

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  3. Dear Angie, I couldn't agree more with you about the magical touch that the autumn light brings to the garden! It is so fascinating to watch how much the atmosphere of the garden changes in autumn. I like the look of that bed where your Rowan tree is planted very much. I think the weeding and clearing that you have done in that bed has paid of. It looks harmonious, but not overly tidied up. I just love that aster! But back to your tree: Interesting that it is blooming in autumn. I wonder what the evolutionary reason and advantage of that might be. Love the red branches and looking forward to follow the tree changing its color in the next couple of weeks documented by your weekly shots.
    Warm regards, and of course, a great weekend to you, too!
    Christina

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  4. Your autumn garden is beautiful Angie, such glowing colours. And a blue, blue sky which sets everything off so beautifully too

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    1. Thanks Chloris. Ever so grateful for any blue skies right now!

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  5. Ciao Angie! Comincia a diventare rosso!! Non vedo l'ora di vederlo in veste autunnale :) Saranno anche poche le perenni fiorite ma si fanno vedere molto :)

    Un saluto e buon venerdì!

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  6. Red stems and green leaves--such a nice combination of colors!

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    1. There is something ever so lovely about red and green in the garden don't you think Hollis

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  7. Your rowan is prolonging the suspense! I think it looks beautiful now but I look forward to seeing it in its fall finery too.

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    1. I see all the rowans along the river in all their autumn finery Kris but mine's is just a tad behind. I look forward to it too.

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  8. Red stems and last blooms, Angie, how nice in these Autumn days!
    We're waiting for frost and snow but fortunately the weather is warm, above +5 C. I love that you follow your trees, it's interesting to watch how they grow.

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    1. I suspect our first real frost is not too far away either Nadezda. We had low temps back in July and frost was forecast but thankfully it did little damage.
      All the trees in my garden are quite new - none have been in the garden for more than 2 years. I should have planted the trees first but I busied myself with pretty flowers instead. Another rookie mistake!

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  9. Your tree is looking beautiful with it's red stems and the leaves starting to change colour. The whole border is looking good, a lovely late season view.

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    1. Thanks Pauline. The whole area looks good and I am pleased with pretty much most of it. In future years some of those perennials will have to go but meantime they do a fine job!

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  10. Your October garden is stunning, Angie! Love your rowan and look forward to seeing it in all its autumn glory. P.x

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    1. Thanks Pam. I hope it does not disappoint!

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  11. your garden looks beautiful Angie, those blooms are late, still welcome I imagine though, and you can still look forward to enjoying the autumn colour, my crab apple hasn't changed yet and my rowans are at different stages, I've no idea why they don't all change at the same time, I guess they each have their own personality, Frances
    yes!! the 'I'm not a robot' box has opened,

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    1. Thanks Frances. I always find it odd just how differently individual plants behave. All the rowans along the river have almost lost most of their leaves now. Strange!
      Glad the box opened. I switched on word verification, something I was not too bothered about before as they can be a bit of a pain but since they've changed it to the robot option it's not so much of a bother now. Fingers crossed the issue is now resolved.

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  12. Your garden is still looking good Angie, the leaves on my 'Joseph Rock' are just turning to red, it is bursting with the contrasting berries and almost ready to be photographed against a blue sky.

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    1. This particular tree is a sport from Joseph Rock Rick. I do love the contrast between the red leaves and the yellow berries.

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  13. Angie your garden looks so beautiful ! I love the persicaria and keep meaning to get a plant myself.
    However this new weigela is taking on epic colour for Fall so that makes me very happy!
    I have a magnificent Pacific Sunset maple in the back garden but sadly "Black Tar Spot" blemishes those amazing leaves when they change colour ... I will be following your tree to see how it does ... I want to soak in as much colour from friend's gardens as much as possible even way over there ! LOL
    Take care
    Joy : )

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    1. This particular Persicaria is worth it's weight in gold Joy. It flowers over such a long period and it's beautiful autumn tones before it collapses in a heap are slendid. I can thoroughly recommend it.
      I used to have a few Weigela but gradually they have been removed to make room for something else. One or two of them had great autumn colour.
      I think the black tar spot can be an issue with some or even all of the Acer family. It does somewhat ruin the effect doesn't it. You are welcome any time my canadian gardening friend :)

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  14. Oh, that will be fun to see the Sorbus's transformation from green through full color. Gotta love a tree that blooms in autumn! Your plantings look gorgeous along your fencing/wall. That whole area looks great online, so I imagine it's incredible in person!

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    1. I do wonder why it threw up late blooms Beth. I wonder if it was confused because of the weather. Still any blooms at this time of the year are always welcome. The top end of the garden positively glows - a great sight standing at the back door in the warmth of the house.

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  15. Your little tree is certainly working up the suspense, Angie ;-) I love the red stems and flowers. So glad you're watching it closely for us! That Persicaria is a beauty...

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    1. I just hope the suspense doesn't kill me Amy :) and you are right - that Persicaria is a beauty. One of my favourites in the garden.

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  16. Those red stems are a gorgeous colour
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  17. Angie, unusual to see late blooms on your Rowan tree, those stems really are red. What an excellent show your Persicaria is giving.

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  18. Really a striking tree. Good post.

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  19. Your garden is looking wonderful Angie, and I am sure your sorbus will soon be ablaze with colour. Mine dropped all its leaves before they did anything at all this year, I think because it has been so dry.

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