Friday, 26 October 2018

Shades of Red

October has turned our garden hydrangeas from their pale summery pink into a glorious shade of cerise. 

Normally they turn green with just a hint of cerise.
A myriad of coloured leaves are showing themselves off on the Maple trees
Leaves as rich in colour as red hot chillies
In October we have enjoyed a veritable feast of scarlet sunrises and sunsets.
A walk in our local beech wood reveals, that in the main, the trees are still hanging on to their summer greens. Two or three weeks more and they should be showing autumn shades of amber and gold.


Just a hint of what is still to come can be seen.













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  1. How absolutely beautiful, especially that wonderful shade of cerise. It must be so lovely to live in a climate which does Autumn, in all its majesty.

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    1. Dear Patricia - I wouldn't want to be without Autumn, and this one has been particularly lovely, but when the days are grey, rainy, and dull, then I envy you all of your wall to wall sunshine.

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  2. Those reds are beautiful, so are all the photos. Wouldn't you love to have fall clothes that had colors like that. A wool sweater/rug the color of those hydrangeas YUM!

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    1. Yes, a soft cashmere sweater in that cerise colour would be perfect, I agree.

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  3. Hello Rosemary, Admit that you post these photos on purpose to torture those of us not in temperate climates.

    That white fence is beautiful. One of the things I look for in the old photos I collect is unusual and attractive fence designs.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - I really hadn't thought along those lines - truthfully. However, I can understand just where you are coming from.
      I always admire those old white gates, they lend the perfect welcoming ambience to the manor house just down that drive.

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  4. What beautiful autumnal pictures. The Cotswolds really is a lovely part of the world, and the first photo, looking down in to the meadow, is superb!

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    1. Dear Jenny - we have all been so fortunate this year with our wonderful summer, and now this lovely autumn weather.

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  5. Beautiful. Cooler here, but no color yet.

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    1. I looked at my autumn photos from last year, and was surprised to find that they were dated well past mid November.

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  6. Glorious shades of red particularly against the blue sky. The colours are beginning to improve her too, as are the sunsets. Have a good weekend. B x

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    1. I don't think that I can remember so many wonderful sunsets and sunrises before.

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  7. Some beautiful pictures there with a hint of what's to come. The next few days are going to be chilly so should hurry the process along.

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    1. Yes, I heard on the weather report that it is going to be chilly so we have today taken our tender plants indoors for the winter.

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  8. Beautiful autumn! My favourite season of the year!

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    1. Yes, I love autumn, but it is not my favourite because it is tinged with the knowledge that I know winter is looming in the background.

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  9. So beautiful photos, Rosemary! The colours of autumn are always a feast - in the Netherlands, where I am now so often, they have lots and lots of hydrangeas. Here in Berlin I love the leaves of the beech - turning into copper, and the maples of course - bright yellow against a clear blue sky.

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    1. It is a lovely season Britta, I agree - but for me it is also tinged with an element of sadness that the trees will soon be bare until next spring.

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  10. Beautiful colours of autumn, our hydrangeas have been awful this year they were hit by the heat. Sarah x

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    1. Perhaps my hydrangea did well this year because it lives in a shady spot.

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  11. Gorgeous autumn colours in your garden, Rosemary. I love the way hydrangeas change with the seasons, becoming more mellow as the weather cools. There's been a lot of golden leaves around here lately - I do enjoy this season!

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    1. I have noticed from your recent post Lorrie that where you live is already filled with beautiful autumnal gold.

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  12. There is nothing like an English Beech Wood. The colours in your earlier photos are wonderful. It is all lush spring greens here.

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    1. Another couple of weeks should see the Beech trees turning gold, but once they have lost their leaves then I shall be yearning to see the lush greens of spring.

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  13. Dear Rosemary, Such stunning scenes all around your world. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I am pleased that you enjoyed seeing them Gina.

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  14. I enjoyed looking at your Autumn colors as we have hardly any here. I fear the trees will just go brown and drop their leaves, even the maple is a shadow of its usual self.

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  15. …Oh to be in England, now that October’s here - apologies to Mr Browning!
    The colour of your hydrangea just takes my breath away Rosemary.
    I’m tempted to ask for it’s name, but on second thoughts with our humid climate in Auckland, it might disappoint.
    What am I thinking... if you know the name please let me know!!
    Walking in the woods in England is such a pleasurable pastime, thank you for taking us with you! I’m in heaven!
    Xx

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    1. Dear Shane - it is just a bog standard pink hydrangea - I took a cutting from my neighbours garden several years ago so do not know its name, but it is nothing special. Hydrangea colours are determined by the ph of your soil, and mine is very chalky so it is alkaline. The flowers don't normally turn into this wonderful cerise colour but normally they turn very green with a touch of the red. I think that it must have been something to do with our very long hot summer this year.
      ps. when you wanted to write on your photos did you click onto text, then choose the style you wanted to use, and then press add text. If you did that then a box will appear on your photo. Then you can choose whatever colour you want to use and make it bigger or smaller and also make it fade. I always fade mine so that it acts more like a watermark.

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    2. Thank you Rosemary.
      I've had a couple of busy days but I will look at it again on Saturday when things quieten down!
      Appreciate your help and I'll be in touch!💕

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  16. A true feast to the eyes , gorgeous colors !

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  17. A new colour word for me. Had to look it up :) Lovely detail in your autumn photographs. I remember autumn in the Cotswolds very vividly, the lingering heat compared to here in October, the white lanes shimmering and dusty, the clear chalk streams, owls calling, pitch black walks between local villages and the cider apple juice gulped down in pubs after nightfall. Mellow golden colours everywhere, just like the houses. A great area to explore once the tourists thin out for the season.

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    1. Your recollections remind me of Laurie Lee in his Cider with Rosie - he lived in the Slad Valley which is just a short hop, skip and jump away. Fortunately our corner of the Cotswolds with its deep valleys is far removed off the tourists trail who seem to enjoy gravitating together in large crowds around Morton-in-the-Marsh, Stow-in-the-wold, and Chipping Norton. They don't realise just what lovely secret places they are missing.

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  18. Hello, Rosemary! How beautiful and inspiring! A myriad of colors, indeed! I like the cerise color. Hydrangeas are lovely in each stage, even the weathered ones in the chill of winter. So clever for you to put your signature on the nameplate at the gate. Your season looks to be one month ahead of mine.

    Yoko

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    1. Hello Yoko - you are very observant - I removed the name of the manor house from the nameplate but then it looked rather bare!!!
      Our colours this autumn are very varied which I assume is a result of our long hot summer.

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  19. Stunning photos! The hydrangea is beautiful and in the colour range I love.
    I too find the season of Autumn tinged with a kind of sadness to know that it heralds cold and dull days of winter. Spring is my favourite season.

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    1. I know that you are enjoying your favourite season at the moment and soon you will be romping off into summer. Why do our seasons pass by so quickly, they used to take forever when I was a child.

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  20. Very pretty Rosemary and what a pretty neck of the woods.

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    1. It is lovely to see you back again Margaret after such along sojourn.

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  21. Hi Rosemary, Oh wow! Your autumn photos are stunning. I love the maple leaves they produce the best colours in autumn. I have 2 small maple trees in my garden. You are surrounded by natural beauty, what lovely woodland. I will add your lovely blog to my blog list. Happy autumn to you!

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    1. Thank you for you kind comment Jo - I do hope that you are enjoying this lovely season too, but sadly it feels now as if it is coming to an end.

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  22. Dearest Rosemary,
    Lovely fall color photos here and I do envy you for being able to walk in a beech wood!
    That did bring back fond childhood memories for me as we walked with Dad in the beech wood to collect the nuts on the floor and at home peeling them and eating. I haven't eaten any beech nuts in decades!
    Sending you hugs from our broken up home, full of dust due to the bathroom remodeling...
    Pieter got a nasty bronchitis and that worries me due to his heart condition. I'm fine but too busy with my tutoring at the college! Looking forward to my time where I can do my own things...
    Mariette

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    1. Sorry to learn about Pieter Mariette - do hope that he is soon feeling better. Also hope that your bathroom project is completed for you quickly - I hate having workmen in the house, so understand just how you feel.

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    2. Yesterday was Pieter's 1st good day, so he could attend our choir's performance! ♥

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    3. I am so pleased to know that Pieter is getting better - please give him my best wishes.

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  23. Beautiful autumn pictures. I love the maple leaves, they don't thrive in my soil. Too bad. Groetjes,
    hetty

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment Hetty - Maples certainly like to be very well drained and do not enjoy being planted in clay or heavy soil.

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