All change

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Acer atropurpureum (autumn colouring)

Autumn has finally bared her white, sparkling teeth. Last week finally saw the arrival of our first frosts.

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The cheerful Bishops’ Children (Dahlias) have bade their farewells, for the cold they cannot cope with. Many of the late-flowering perennials too have succumbed. Not much colour remains in the herbaceous borders but there is still some structure and we shall leave what’s there until it looks unsightly.

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Oak

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Beech

The sharp frosts will hasten what has been a very slow leaf-fall. The oaks, limes and beech here still have good heads of leaves, but for not much longer, I suspect.

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Acer (close-up)

This Acer atropurpureum, sheltered in the north-west corner of the walled garden is just at its best, its dark leaves intensifying to more firey shades.

And so, the garden starts to prepare for winter…

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the Dawn Redwood, autumn colour

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frosted Phlomis seed-head

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the Larch trees, sheltering the Walled Garden to the north

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Fiery foliage

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Another beautiful weekend. September in the south-east of Scotland has, for the most part, been a bonus summer month, with temperatures in the high teens. Despite this, Nature is not fooled and the trees have started to turn, led by this beautiful Cherry. When the sun is shining on its leaves, the tree almost seems on fire. Sadly it’s a fleeting show, as you can see from the leaves on the grass, providing a mirror image of what remains aloft.

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Another busy weekend in the garden. The grass round the outside of the house, exposed to the south westerlies, is starting to slow down, so probably won’t require more than a couple more mowings for this season. The weeds too are a little less vigorous, although it’s amazing to see seeds germinating still, so late in the season.

Next week  we will start the hedge trimming – rather later than usual but we should be able to get it all done before the first serious frosts come in November.

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Mesembryanthemum carpets, compensating for the lack of late-summer Hybrid Tea blooms. The roses stopped flowering for a while possibly caused by the prolonged dry spell from early June to early August. However, buds are now plentiful and we should see a good mid-late Autumn show.