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If I can get them small enough I would like to show you some of the woderful colour that has greeted me in the Bristol Universiy Botanic Garden where I


am a volunteer gardener. Here is our duck in front of the medlar tree.


Acers in the Pollination garden at the Bristol


Botanic Garden.


The Tulip Tree (Liriodendron) this week at the Bristol Botanic garden.



Thank to the facility to enlarge I now know the female mallard was in the picture too!


Green Magpie

We have a red-leaved Japanese acer in the garden that has turned the most fantastic, almost fluorescent red in the last week or so. I think it's because it has managed to hold on to its foliage until there was an overnight frost a few days ago, and it was after this that we noticed that the red had become brighter and more intense.

Green Magpie

 I just remembered I had taken a photo of the acer mentioned above. I've neer uploaded a photo here but it's a doddle, isn't it? So here you go.


Aren't they wonderful, HappyMarion?

Out and about today I was marvelling at the colours - lots of oak, beech and silver birch as well as the maples and cherries in people's gardens. I had to keep remembering to watch the road and not the foliage!! They brightened up a dull day.


And they make you feel warmer too, I think.


Oh happymarion they are just beautiful. I went to the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh in September. The weather was just so wet and horrid but the colours were still so amazing.

 We didn't get to see all the gardens because of the wet weather, but what we did see was just lovely. We are in Scotland again in March so hopefully the weather will be kinder.

last week on gardeners world (nov 2nd), there was a beautiful euonymus bungeanus featured, with vibrant pink leaves. does anyone know of the variety please ? thank you.

Caz W

Lovely pictures everyone, such beautiful colours .


Green Magpie, do you know the name of the red acer please. I had one just like that and lost it a few years ago. Would love to replace it but mine was given to me without the label, so I've no idea what it is. I would be grateful. Thanks, and anyone else who has one that bright red may be able to advise me.



I think what I've noticed most about the colours this autumn is how really good the yellows are - I think they've been stronger than in recent years. 

Green Magpie

Doris, my acer is an Acer Palmatum "Shaina". I think it was quite expensive, but it's certainly earning its keep now. If anything it's an even brighter red today. But most of the summer the leaves are a darker, purplish colour.


Thank you I'll look out for that one. Though now I think about it mine was always that red colour in the spring and got darker after the summer months. Fabulous either way. Thanks


Beautiful sunny day for gardening and my garden was ablaze with berries in the evening sunshine - cotoneaster

 And rose hips

 And spindle berries

 And then i came into the kitchen where my houseplant is a sweet pepper with still eleven peppers growing on it.



Wow, I love the colour of those Spindle Bush berries!

This time of year really is so beautiful.