Although the weather has been so unseasonably warm and storm Callum completely missed us, autumn has definitely arrived. There are still plenty of blooms but the general effect is autumnal.
Join me for a stroll round the garden. On the left looking down from the house the huge crab apple ‘Golden Hornet ‘ is full of fruit. In front of it the leaves of Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ are turning red.
Behind the little pond the Forest Pansy, Cercis canadensis has put on its autumn frock.
The crab apple, Malus hupensis ‘Princeton Cardinal’ has dark leaves which turn red in autumn and glossy red fruit.
The winter garden is starting to colour up.
I have just finished enlarging my exotic garden. The Pianist complained that he got scalped trying to mow under the fruit trees here so I am sure he will be glad. At the rate I am going he will run out of lawn to mow entirely sometime in 2200.
I am on a roll at the moment because we have had some trees cut down and I have an enormous pile of chippings to cover up my weed membrane carpets.
One of the trees I was very sorry to see die was this ancient apple tree. We left the lovely mossy trunk even though it is probably a magnet for honey fungus.
The pear trees have been laden this year. Red admirals have been gorging on the fruit lying on the ground. I’m not sure what this is. Maybe a Speckled Wood ?
Medlars are still sitting on the tree waiting for someone to blet them. Nigel Slater says they look like a cat’s bottoms and smell of rancid wine but they make fabulous jelly, once they are rotten, (sorry -bletted.) It is a pretty little tree with lovely blossom but I refuse to mess about with smelly fruit that looks like a bottom. Incidentally our medieval forbears were more robust in their descriptions, but I won’t sully your ears here.
The Black-eyed Susie has now taken off into the apple tree.
In the secret garden grasses are looking good. Miscanthus nepalensis has plumes that look as if they are made of spun gold. This grass is not totally hardy but it came through last winter alright.
I love all the fluffy bottlebrush pennisetums.
Pennisetum villosum has survived the winter although it is not a very hardy one. I have it flanking the entrance to the Mediterranean garden.
I don’t know whether Bulbine frutescens is hardy, it lived in the greenhouse last winter. It has bloomed all summer long.
Thank you for accompanying me on my stroll round the garden. I know next month will be dingy and dark but right now the garden seems to be in festive mood and like me enjoying the glorious sunshine and autumn abundance.