It has been an unusually long Autumn and a beautiful one too. Tonight we have a low of 11C, positively balmy for this part of the world, and yet it all comes to an end very soon and if the weather channel is to be believed, in 24 hours the temperature will plummet to a chilly 4C and on the night after that a frigid 0C. There also seems a chance of snow on Friday, which I think must be the end of this wonderful long run of weather.
However it does look like we have a few mild days that will allow us to enjoy our gardens even this late in the year. Today there were many plants still looked very fine, some flourishing in the cool weather that suits them best, the Cyclamen, Heuchera and Arums seem particularly happy right now.
Then there are others that have been transformed by the short days and cold nights and have taken on the vivid colours we associate with Fall. There were surprises also, a dwarf Thalictrum only 8" high and growing in a trough, has turned a pale yellow and Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa' has turned its usual purple, but only on the leaves facing the sun, the rest of the leaves have faded to a contrasting lime green.
Dwarf Thalictrum species
Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa'
Epimedium grandiflorum 'Red Queen'
Arum italicum 'Chameleon'
Acer palmatum seedling