Monday, 3 June 2013


So it was a really hot summer followed by the most amazing autumn. We had almost the entire autumn rain free and temps in the mid 20's. Beautiful to work in but isn't it strange how people think we have had plenty of rain so they don't need to water the garden? Trust me after one week of rain in Feb and nothing again until May makes the place dry. Training my clients is often difficult...

However that aside I wanted to talk about my liquidambar. When I was training in hort I had a teacher who suggested that provided the ground is moist and it gets very cold temperatures at night autumn trees will have amazing colour. This year my grounds went kept constantly moist and I don't think the temps have dropped that much until maybe the last few day (we are now in winter of course). This being said have a look at my liquidambar.

Ours in the one on the left 2 weeks ago

Our liquidambar has been mostly yellow in the past but this year we have been treated to a number of colours. Yellow. orange and reds.

My neighbour is already tired of picking up the leaves out of her garden so thankfully after the rain and wind this weekend she won't have to do it much longer...
What a lot of mulch :o)


  1. Gorgeous! When we moved into our house we discovered a youngish liquidambar planted right up against the house. It put on some stunning autumn colour this year, but we're cutting it down this winter because it'll get too big for our tiny backyard (not to mention the roots interfering with our house!). I feel very guilty destroying something so beautiful, and wish whoever planted it hadn't put it in such a silly spot.

    1. Hello a cunning plot,

      I would consider the same thing except it gives us shade in summer (and we have a really hot house) and it is really big it might cost us a lot of money to remove. Although extra sunlight would make me very happy as we have so little at this time of year. Thanks for popping by