The Garden in Early Autumn 2017

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So what is early Autumn? The meteorologists state that autumn starts on September 1st being a logical way to divide the seasons. The astronomers say it is September 22nd that is determined by the 23.5-degree tilt of the earths rotational axis as it orbits the sun. What ever your leanings, the poet Keats sums it up for me. ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’

While feeling a nip in the air, watching a few dead leaves swirling on the lawns, knowing of the work to come when the few become a torrent; there is so much to enjoy in the garden at this ‘between time’.

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The mulberries have mellowed and fallen but the Mulberry beds around the tree are still a riot of colour; dahlias, cannas, salvias and zinnias are competing for space and delighting the eye.

The Vegetable garden is overflowing with flowers and vegetables. The purple kale, yellow pumpkins, red stalks of chard and ripening crab apples would hold their own in any flower bed. The Bushey Grove apples have cropped well and at long last there are several quinces that will ripen at the end of October. Is this due to maturity or because they have been better fed?

As always the floral display on the terrace is a delight and is set to continue right through autumn. The Tithonia rotundifolia ‘torch’ are particularly spectacular and were much admired by the visitors to the National Garden Day.

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