Thursday, 22 November 2012

An Autumn Reveal

This willow, which I think is Salix 'Scarcuzam' but I am happy to be corrected, was bought from Painswick Rococco Gardens a couple of years ago.  It is planted by the pond and whilst it is always pretty, for some reason it is easy to over look for most of the year.  It grows there patiently enough, wafting in the breeze, yet I do not spend time admiring it.
and then Autumn comes and this small tree starts to shine
The red of the stems seems to gain in colour as the leaves turn a mustard yellow before they fall.
The leaves are as curly and wiggley as the branches, it is a static display of constant movement (until the wind blows, then it is a moving display....)
I think part of its appeal this time of year is that the Autumn sun really suits it, the gold of the pale sun brings out the colours in the stems and leaves to perfection.  So to make up for my ignoring of this fine tree for most of the year I have taken a moment to recognise and salute it in the glory of its Autumn reveal.  Well done tree.

5 comments :

  1. Winter is actually the only time I really notice my small Willow as well!

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  2. Willows do look extra graceful during autumn/early winter!

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  3. Yeah, willows colouring up well now, britzensis espec.
    best r

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  4. There are some very interesting willows around. I have a ridiculously big one in my garden which we inherited and dominates the back of the garden. Painswick Rocco Garden is on my list of gardens to visit

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  5. What a lovely plant. I have some very similar willows in my new front garden, no idea what they are, so I am a little nervous about how thuggish they might become, but they are very pretty with similar contorted red stems. I plan to paint the fence they are planted against black to really set them off, and then I think they will shine in winter before fading into the background again.

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