Seasonal shades


A David Austin rose at dawn. After a dormant period in late summer, all the roses are coming back into flower for a late autumn display!


Well, it’s been quite a growing season here in South-East Scotland.

A spring, albeit late, free of severe frosts.

A summer, predominantly dry with plentiful sunshine and real warmth.

And an autumn, still continuing (just!), warm with reasonable sunshine and plenty moisture, which means that the garden is still looking quite good. One or two seasonal snaps for you, then, taken in the last couple of weeks, including, I’m afraid, yet more of the ‘Bishops’ Children’ whose colours are intense and a real pick-me-up on those duller autumn days! Their days. I fear, may though be numbered as the mercury has somewhat dipped these past few nights…


Dahlia ‘Bishops Children’, with Verbena bonariensis in the background underplanted by the fresh green of self-sowing poppies


Some Hostas put on a better autumn show than others; sadly it is very fleeting! This one is Hosta ‘Mr Big’


The Nerines, transplanted a couple of year’s ago from my Uncle’s garden, have this year put on an excellent show


the wonderfully-architectural Onopordon, the Giant Thistle, with seed heads aplenty (with some saved for the next display some two year’s hence)


one of the Hybrid Teas, back in bloom after their summer rest, with the dark-leaved Acer in the background


Much beloved by the blackbirds, a Cotoneaster in full berry, with the leaves just starting to turn


African Marigold, seemingly very at home in a Scottish autumn!


a Lupin in its second flush. We cut them back in July after the first flowering which very often brings a second autumnal flush.


Year 2 of the ‘Musselburgh’ leeks; we couldn’t eat them all last winter, so left them in the ground for ornamental flowering this year. These have put on an excellent, and very long-lasting show, and are well worth growing just for the wonderful globe seed-heads!

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    • Excellent! We wouldn’t be without our dahlias, Malc! We don’t try to overwinter them though, as it is difficult to keep them from going mouldy. We also buy them as seed as opposed to tubers- far cheaper and once they come through, they grow like fun!


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