Often, we get our first frost on October 12th. But no sign of one yet. Gradually however, the garden is filling with colour again after the dull month of September.Some azaleas turn red; some orange. I don’t know why, but it makes for variety. They cling onto their leaves well, unlike all the rowans (sorbus) I planted for autumn colour. We have not had strong wind, but they are all bare, apart from one s.vilmorinii which is in the shelter.Damera peltata, the umbrella plant is highly boring for most of the year, and is infested with ground elder too. But I’m loath to dig it up. Most of it goes brown and shrivels up in autumn, but the leaves that do turn are spectacular.The acer palmatum dissectum on the ruined mill is now turning rapidly gold. I’m surprised it has still got its leaves. If it can hang onto them for another week, it will be good.