Maple glow

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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.

That, though, is for next year. For now, it’s on with filling the leafmould box with this year’s leaves which tumble down around me as I type!20131117-185005.jpg

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8 thoughts on “Maple glow

  1. The maple looks amazing. I hope someday my own will take off and put on such a nice show. Right now I believe it’s still holding it’s second transplanting against me. Once the roots dig in and it puts on some healthy growth I think it will color up a little better rather than just going brown.
    I will not be looking at more shade plant ideas. Maples and such need to get bigger before I can entertain any more shady plant thoughts!

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