My autumn garden – 29th of October

The leaves that are still on trees have been raining down on us over the past few days, the frost has left them unable to cling on any longer, but these photos are of my garden as it was on the 29th of October when the acers were at their most vibrant. A last loud hurrah before they have a rest.


acers , physocarpus, viburnum, liquidambar

Below is a much smaller acer, a pieris and a conical evergreen which I love but can’t remember what it’s called, I’m really not very good with all those conifers. The blue/green one in the foreground is a creeping juniper I think.


The mystery tree below which I bought for all of two quid at Hill House of Tarvit plant sale a few years ago is great – but still a mystery. It has lovely glossy berries and its leaves look a bit cotoneaster-ish, but it’s definitely a tree not a shrub. The heather has been looking a bit scruffy until now, it is great for autumn colour though.

mystery tree, my garden

The bright yellow-ish conifers in the background are those ones that you can buy from supermarkets for about £1 when they’re just a foot or so tall. These ones are now five years old and although they were all the same size when I planted them two of them have had to be cut back because of frost or perhaps wind burn damage, but they’re still growing well and they have a lovely lemony scent when you brush against them.


Well, it was nice for me to be able to remind myself what the garden looked like just a few weeks ago. I hope you enjoyed it too.

10 thoughts on “My autumn garden – 29th of October

  1. The problem with some conifers is cutting back exposing old wood may mean no new growth on the old wood. We cut back an obtrusive next door conifer and it looked horrible, like a dead tree.

    • Hamish,
      These conifers seem to not mind being cut back. I was very careful when I started planting up this garden not to plant trees on the boundaries as I didn’t want anything encroaching on my neighbours’ air space.

  2. Love the vibrant colors! I long for seasonal color, so we travel to the mountainous areas of the Southeast to catch a glimpse and visit our friends who live there. Things don’t really change in our area until January. The joys of living in Florida!

    • Paula,
      It’s such a shame that you don’t have early autumn colour, but it’s a good opportunity to visit your friends. I’m sure I couldn’t stand the Florida heat!

  3. Is your conical evergreen a Dwarf Alberta Spruce? Yours is a particularly nicely-shaped one.
    Might the mystery tree be a type of Barberry/Berberis?
    I love the autumn tints. especially the scarlet, a colour both rich and soft.

    • Valerie,
      It may well be but I haven’t got into the summerhouse which is where I keep all the plant labels yet.
      No that mystery tree definitely isn’t a Berberis, any of those that I’ve grown previously have been very thorny and this has no thorns.
      Sadly almost all of the scarlet leaves have fallen now, but they’re still brightening the garden.

  4. Katrina, What a treat for the eyes and spirit! These photos could keep you warm all winter–at least they’ll do that for me. I think I should start a fan club for lovers of your garden. We could collect dues and ship them to you. What an idea! After all, we enjoy and you and Jack do all the work. Have you been wintry?
    Maybe you’ve told me, but do tell again.

    • Judith,
      Well Jack is the first to admit that he doesn’t do any gardening apart from cutting the grass, which gets less and less every year as I search for more planting space. He loves looking at gardens and plants, but dodges any work involved!
      We’ve had quite a few days when it hasn’t got above freezing all day, but I quite like the hard frost as it’s easy to walk on and no mud involved. Now we’re back to rain so it’s warmer but it always feels colder to me when it’s damp.

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