We planted a Japanese maple in our garden almost 20 years ago and it offers delight during every season. Spring and autumn are the most spectacular times for this tree to display its beauty. We have not enjoyed settled weather at all this year until late April. Since then we have had some splendid autumn weather and perhaps chilly nights, no wind and warm days account for the amazing colour display we have been enjoying. Members of the household agree that this has been one of the very best displays we have seen on this tree.
These photos were taken on 25th April 2017 and show the branchlets turning fiery red but the leaves a mix of green and coloured.
Three days later I took some more photos. Look out for these in my next post.
The sugar water feeders were empty today and my friend here sat on the fence to alert me to his or her hunger. My reward for coming out with new supplies was this Tui stayed still and allowed me to sneak very close to take some photos.
A warm day meant the sliding door was open. Near this door is our dining table. Just outside this door is a collection of potted plants and a plastic bowl full of water for the birds to drink from.
This blackbird is often in this area of the garden and as I was eating my lunch, he appeared to drink from the bowl. Fortunately I had my camera right next to me.
This small purple plant appears in the grass and I suspect also in the garden where it grows taller and spreads out. Any suggestions as to its name please?
While this plant is in all manner of places in the garden I needed to research to find its name. It is Oxalis Stricta or Wood Sorrell. Apparently it does not do well in shaded places but that does not seem to apply in my garden. It is also high in Vitamin C. Once in the garden, always in the garden I suspect. The bright yellow and very small flower is a positive feature to the attentive eye.