Autumn colours can be so fleeting. These pictures, of an Acer in the policies, were taken just last week; this week, the leaves have gone.
This week, the Good Lady has been digging out the end-product of last year’s leaf-raking – some lovely dark crumbly leaf-mould which we’ll use to improve a rather impoverished flower bed just outside the gates to the Walled Garden. We’ll probably plant it with a selection of shade-loving plants as it faces west and is sheltered to the south by the house wall.
I used to think that plants for shady places were rather boring, until I discovered an excellent specialist nursery, Longacre Plants in Somerset (http://www.plantsforshade.co.uk), which specialises in, well, plants for shade! We purchased most of the plants for our shade border in the Walled Garden a couple of years ago and they arrived beautifully-wrapped and beautifully healthy. I’ll be checking out their website again soon, I suspect.