188 weeks and 6 days | Autumn in the garden

Autumn crept up without me really noticing.

Most of the deciduous trees, in our area, still have most of their foliage which is a little strange for this time of year.

Often by now there’s a crunchy carpet of leaves underfoot. Usually by mid October, everything’s starting to look a little more stark than it did today.

Plus it’s been really mild over the last few weeks. I’ve been pretending it’s late summer — still wearing flip-flops rather than my favourite boots — but if I’m sitting still working, for long periods in my she shed, things have a tendency to get quite chilly after a while.

A sure sign that summer has exited — stage door right.

When I went to feed the chickens this morning I thought how green everything looked.

Then the more I looked, I could see colour everywhere.

Purple, magenta, rust and ochre — literally the garden is a riot of colour at the mo.

I tend to favour the cooler end of the spectrum when it comes to planting; so we have lots of white and lilac, blue and pinks, in the flower borders, which is restful on the eye throughout the summer.

Then as everything begins to die back for the winter, the plants show off in bright autumnal shades, as if to mark their last hurrah.

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Most of the leaves are still on the trees

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Just look at the colour of this!

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Berries and bright leaves wherever you look

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I love the shape of these ivy seed heads

In a few week’s time it will all be gone.

The garden will lose it’s colour and sparkle, as winter takes a hold, and everything will be brown.

I’m not a fan of the colder months — I don’t like dark, short days — I loathe the cold and damp.

And I love colour so much, that I find it quite depressing to look outside and see very little of it.

But hey. No need to worry about that quite yet.

Not when the garden is putting on such a show.

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Pretty thistles (try saying that after a couple of gins)

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Beautiful Verbena — still in flower

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Dancing Fuschias

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Rosehips

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Autumn in the garden

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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24 Comments

  1. From Day Dot
    19th October 2016 / 9:37 am

    Ah your garden looks stunning (and that sneaky shot of your house in the background – it looks beautiful!) I love Autumn and all of the colours, for me it doesn’t last long enough, I never feel like I’ve made the most of all of the colours and falling leaves, one windy night and it’s suddenly all gone! I love the berries in your post, I need to get one of these trees! #HomeEtc xx

    • 6th November 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Aah thanks lovely!! Same — autumn is always over SO quickly. Winter always muscles in and takes over and seems to last much, much longer!!!

  2. 19th October 2016 / 11:04 am

    I’m not a fan with autumn but I’m trying to find the love. I do love autumn light, which you’ve captured beautifully. It is worth getting out in autumn and enjoying the best of it.

    • 6th November 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Same Gemma!! I think we have to look for the positives don’t we? Otherwise winter would be SO long and miserable. I’m looking forward to Christmas though now that Bonfire night is out of the way!! :)

  3. 19th October 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Gorgeous! I’m loving the beautiful colours at the moment – everything is so rich and vibrant and I am NOT looking forward to the darkness, greyness of winter. x #HomeEtc

    • 6th November 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Same. Definitely not my favourite time of year!! I really don’t like cold, dark days!!

  4. 19th October 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Lovely photos (great depth of field, especially love the fuschia).
    I love this time of year and I’ve donned my boots and popped my summer wardrobe (crop jeans and plimsoles) into the back of the cupboard.

    I’m with you…It’s a bit depressing when the trees are devoid of lovely colourful leaves but I do love making a cosy nest in the home instead. #HOMEETC

    • 6th November 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks Jane — I’m trying very hard to see the good in the colder months. I LOVE Christmas — and always look forward to that — but am really not a fan of winter in general. Am such a sun lover :)

  5. flying solo
    19th October 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Wow, your garden looks amazing, I love Autumn colours, everything is so “green ” in the Summer. #HomeEtc xx

  6. 19th October 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Oh I am so jealous of your garden! It looks stunning :-). #HomeEtc

    • 6th November 2016 / 7:02 pm

      Aah thanks chickie — it was definitely the main selling point, when we bought the place, that’s for sure!

  7. Antonia Ludden
    21st October 2016 / 10:48 am

    Great images – I love autumn and all those rusty red and burgundy colours in the garden. My favourite season, I reckon.

  8. 21st October 2016 / 9:55 pm

    There is still lots of colour about, just different colour to summer colour. I do love autumn, but that’s mostly because of the food, oh and the colours ! thanks for hosting #HomeEtc xx

    • 25th October 2016 / 6:42 pm

      There’s SO much colour isn’t there? As you say though, just different! Summer is all blue and yellow isn’t it? Autumn red, orange and purple xx

  9. 22nd October 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Those picture and colours are gorgeous! I don’t like to cold and damp short winter days either and I am not generally a fan of autumn as it is the start of it…and a reminder that summer is gone… That being said with a beautiful garden and such pretty colours you have made autumn look lovely! #Homeetc

  10. Caroline
    23rd October 2016 / 8:31 pm

    I am a summer girl too, sunshine and flip flops all the way, but there is something about autumn that is very comforting. X

    • 25th October 2016 / 6:40 pm

      Yep — I agree — I like autumn but not what follows!!! Thank goodness winter is punctuated by Christmas!!! ;)

  11. 24th October 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Fantastic macro shots. Autumn is my favourite time of the year. It is odd but usually we have done many a woodland walk by now but with it being so mild we just haven’t. Hopefully this week as I love to appreciate the changing leaves xx

  12. 24th October 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Utterly beautiful and so lovely to see the garden at this time of year. Your home and garden is lovely. Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

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