As the akebia and the vine start to turn towards autumn gold, the leaves become thinner and more translucent.  The leathery leaves of Clematis armandii are still thick and green but the low light glows through the complex pattern of their veins.  The old leaves of the star jasmine (Trachelospermum) are dull green face on and almost black in silhouette.  They won’t show their ‘autumn’ colours until the spring.






Nandina leaves, soft copper in spring and solid green in mid summer, are now edged with red and shaded in two tone green.  Ferns are still fresh, spring green, unaffected by the changing season. (Click on any photo for a larger image).



There are touches of flower colour on our small, shady terrace but mostly it’s a monochromatic, green view at present.  It’s none the worse for that.