Autumn has arrived here in the garden. Some of the trees just drop their leaves without any fanfare, others really go to town. The ash, for example, has turned a marvellous butter yellow, standing out in the gloom of a dull, rainy afternoon. The larches protecting the walled garden will shortly take on this baton of colour as the autumn advances.
The cherries and our dark-red acer too are glowing in all shades of orange, yellow and red.Despite some very cold nights, some of the bedding is still hanging on, although interestingly the dahlias – Diablo – inside the walled garden have fared less well than those – Bishops Children – in the kitchen garden, which is located outside the walls! The sweet peas remain untouched as does the Cosmos that survived the storms of a couple of weeks ago. The kitchen garden has never been better this autumn, with a very late blooming buddleia and last year’s sowing of Verbena bonariensis and Eryngium really performing well.
Most of the herbaceous is now over elsewhere in the garden, although our 6’ Rudbeckia still continues to push out its cheerful big yellow daisies and the nerines with their exotic pink blooms seem to defy the autumn frosts. The roses take full advantage of the mild spells, although the rain this year has not seen them at their best.
When the rain stops, it will be time to start strimming down the long grass in the policies