Saturday, 21 November 2015

Brrr !!

 The weather has turned.      Mild days have left our shores.
 It is cold this morning.....wet......and the wind has a bite to it.
 Wet and cold gets through to my bones these days...........
 No doubt summer blooms will fade with these conditions.
 The birds wait patiently for me to fill the feeders.

 A Goldcrest looks for insects.    One of our tiniest birds 9cm
3 1/2 inches.    Can you see her?
A Nuthatch visits the bird table.............a regular visitor.

It feels like Winter is knocking on the door today but with this topsy turvy weather who knows.
I do know, I will not be gardening this weekend :)

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Watching the birds..........

 I sat and watched the birds this afternoon.
 I struggle to get decent images.    Living in the countryside the birds are not used to people being around.
 I put some birdseed on a tree stump and sat on a bench beneath the old hawthorn tree.
 It took a while but eventually I got some nice images.
My thoughts are very much with the people of France today, especially those living in Paris.      I have visited this beautiful city many times......I have sat in cafĂ©'s , eating, drinking and chatting.    It saddens me to think just how much the world is changing, and that peace seems to be just a word.
I do not know the answer to the problems we face, I wish I did.

Let us aim to harvest peace.
Let us exhaust ourselves ploughing the stony ground.

Modern prayer from Turkey.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Waiting patiently.............

 I scattered borage seeds in the Spring.
 Spring came and seedlings.
 Summer came.....I waited, nothing.
 Summer finished......I gave up.
Mid November, I have a bed full of borage flowers !!

What a strange year this has been for the gardener.............

Monday, 9 November 2015

Grey skies but very mild..........

 Gloomy days but incredibly mild.    The honeysuckle does not know whether it is Spring or Autumn.
 Most of the day was spent clearing leaves, an endless task in this woodland garden.
 Most end up in the copse.   When Spring arrives most of this will have disappeared.
 I also had time to cut back some of the trees.    Little Grandson loves to come to this area and his safety is my priority.    Still lots of clearing to do but I made a good start.
 The lollipop beech look beautiful at this time to year.
 Due to the damp conditions and the mild temperatures everything is looking lush.
 I am concerned that if we suddenly have a really cold snap, how will the plants fayre.
 I personally love the seasons to be as they should.   A warm November just does not feel right.
 Whatever happens, gardeners  cope.......we just do :)
Just wanted to show you my neighbours is on the boundary of the copse.      I can literally put my hand in the water, it is that close.         I love the way they have left it looking completely natural, in tune with the surrounding countryside.

Have a good week...........enjoy your garden, whatever the weather.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Getting ready for winter............

 The logs were delivered on Saturday.    They come from a local woodsman, and come from coppiced woods.    Healthy for the environment and beneficial to wildlife.
 The height of the log store was raised in the summer, so it made it easier for my husband and I to stack them.    If the weather is fine it is a job I enjoy, very therapeutic. 
 As most of you know, Nella is a rescue dog.    She was abandoned in woodland.    Her story is hers alone........but whenever the logs arrive, she will not leave the spot until they are all stacked.    Same every year, and I wonder..........
 As the garden fades, I am inspired more by the flowers because there are so few.   
 In the dull days of late autumn they become increasingly precious.
 I played with my macro lens today.    I haven't used it for such a long time.
 I had forgotten how much pleasure it gives me, to walk the garden, and see flowers in a different light.
 The seedpods of the stinking iris are just beginning to open, bringing colour to the woodland area.
 Natures artwork is everywhere and there is none so beautiful than a spiders web,
especially after rainfall........

Beautiful autumn days, but I am getting ready for winter...........

Friday, 30 October 2015

Leeds castle...........

 Wednesday morning I decided to visit Leeds castle.
 A fifteen minute drive and I was walking in the castle grounds.
   I usually have Grandchildren with me. It seemed strange without them but  gave me the opportunity to go off the beaten track, and enjoy the spectacular autumn scene. 
 The grounds has streams, waterfalls and lakes.........a bird paradise.
 My favourite tree.......ancient and full of character.    I always think it looks as though it might have a secret door :)
 I like this formal area.      It draws you along the pathway.
 Beautiful display of monkshood.     It really stood out amongst the dying foliage of other plants.
 Salvia and rosehips caught my the colour combination.
 I walked along to the tropical gardens.     
 I found a bench.     The sun came out.   It was so warm I had to take my coat off.
 I walked on and was very taken with the red hot pokers.
To the side of the garden is a man made lake.      All sorts of birds were flying in.     I do not know if they will stay, maybe they are just passing through.    I sat on the wall and watched them.   

It was a lovely few hours, I am so lucky to have such a beautiful place so close to home.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The colours of autumn

 I love the colours of autumn, especially the maples.   
 This is my favourite for autumn colour.    It was planted by the previous owners.
 No matter where you stand in the garden you cannot fail to notice the glorious colour of autumn.
 It shines out like a draws the eye.     It is beautiful.
 Most summer blooms have faded but autumn blooms are just beginning to open.    Mahonia charity has just started flowering.    I noticed honey bees on them yesterday and it was not a particularly warm day.
 Aconitum, a toxic plant, that needs respect.   I love the flowers, they are so pretty and the colour at this time of year is most welcome.
I have waited so long for this to flower.....Schizostylis pink princess.   I am not disappointed.    The palest pink flowers are so pretty and look incredibly fragile.    It seems so out of place in an autumn garden.     Schizostylis do not last long in this garden, probably around three years at the most.   
I shall enjoy it while I can.............

Happy autumnal gardening.............