Tuesday View (11th November)

It was a bit dismal out there today until around 2pm, when the sun finally came through the fog and low cloud and I nipped out quick with my camera before it decided to disappear again!


I noticed the leaves of the Persicaria amplexicaulis “Firetail” are starting to wilt and turn brown, but this wonderful flower has lasted so well again this year. I planted a second one just below the Perovskia – Persicaria amplexicaulis “Blackfield”, which has darker pinky red flowers but the same pale green foliage… Can’t wait to see that flower next year!

The yellow and orange leaves of the sycamores and beech are still helping to brighten up the view, making up for the acer having now dropped all its beautiful leaves.


I notice in this photo how much I like the crocosmia leaves, at the top of the rockery in front of binocular man. I had one flower on those crocosmia this year – the first since planting several years ago. So high hopes for next year…maybe two flowers? πŸ˜‰

Have a good week, with plenty of sunshine!


33 thoughts on “Tuesday View (11th November)

  1. The view is so different this week; the trees now draw the eye as you can see through them rather than them being a back drop or barrier. Their lovely colours help attract the eye but I think the view through is even more important. Just imagine how the view would change if there was a path leading away through the woods.

    • Yes, a pathway would be nice, but we have a double fence (because of the dogs) and then a public footpath between us and the woods! We do have our own woodland path on the lower side of the garden though. πŸ™‚

    • The woods are extremely steep and not really suitable for walks, although there is one pathway parallel to our garden much higher up. I like to ramble through them a bit in spring to see what flowers I can find – mostly hepaticas, violets and vinca. πŸ™‚

  2. The view is lovely today with the backdrop of the emerging tree trunks and the lovely low light. You are lucky that your crocosmia is still standing – mine flower well but are always lying a wet slimy heap by this point in the year.

    • Maybe the fact that they didn’t flower has given them a bit of extra standing strength! They are starting to flop now though. Not surprising with all the mist and damp at the moment!

    • Hi Cathy. Living right next to the woods does have its disadvantages too, i.e. leaves galore in autumn! But mostly I love the trees and watching them through the seasons.

  3. Wow, your trees still have such pretty leaves! We’re 98% bare here! Since I’ve been doing my own Tuesday views, I’ve become much more aware of the way the surrounding landscape, trees, and other plants really are part of the whole! It will be interesting to watch your slope into and through the winter.

    • Wow, that happened quickly then Kimberley. I suppose your frosts helped the leaves fall. I have also found that keeping a record every Tuesday has made me far more aware of the plants and seasons and how everything fits together. I shall be watching your view in winter too! πŸ™‚

  4. It’s definitely looking most autumnal now Cathy but still so pleasing to the eye. We were away at the weekend and walked the length of the promenade at Grange Over Sands. It is bordered by some beautiful planting of shrubs and perennials, including a red small leaved persicaria which was still in flower and looked stunning. Your ‘Firetail’ produces a real punctuation mark in that planting.

  5. Hi Cathy, what a beautiful setting you’ve established. It just gets better and better. Hope your crocosmia settles in and blooms more for you next year. I love them but can’t seem to get them established in my garden.

    • Thanks Susie. I think they need a mild winter or two to get established here. Most nurseries say they need to be dug up for winter and stored, like dahlias, but that is a bit too much work for me!

  6. The light and the “down-shifting” of colors into a more muted palette creates an almost ethereal, impressionist quality in that first photo. This is the first week that I am truly able to discern the differences in a week’s time! It’s still a gorgeous landscape and your garden is inviting, even this late into fall. I’m so glad your climate has been mild. That’s a gardener’s dream, I think, to have more time to enjoy before winter makes it a bit forbidding. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Debra. Despite the mild temperatures there is a distinct change in the feel of the garden now, and with a thick layer of leaves on the beds the plants are saying their farewells till next spring. It’s nice to think of all that energy going back into the ground and being stored in the roots until spring arrives!

  7. Lovely to have the backdrop of those trees as the slope begins tonfade into winter, though there is still loads of interest. My persicarias are still blooming too, including Blackfield, which I added this year too. Hope you get loads of flowers from your recalcitrant crocosmia next year.

    • Thanks Janet. A friend of mine grew Crocosmia successfully for many years, but I think it must be our climate that they don’t like as I rarely see them in other gardens. Keeping my fingers crossed for another mild winter though, and perhaps they’ll get established then.

  8. There’s no denying that fall is well under way, the larches always seem to color up just in time for the harder freezes to come along.
    I need to move my persicaria, it never looked nearly as pretty as yours did all summer. Does it get a lot of water? Fertilizer? Mine just doesn’t seem happy….

    • My persicaria (I am ashamed to admit) gets no attention at all! No water, no fertiliser and just a sunny spot in well-drained soil, roots shaded by the Euonymus. I wonder how long it will keep going, and whether I should give it a dose of feed next spring….

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