Saturday, October 24, 2009

Autumn colour

The rain has been battering Skip all day and the wind is stripping the leaves from the trees. Autumn is here. On Thursday I had a last look around the garden before the winter hibernation! This splash of red really stood out.

Six years ago when I was setting out this level of the garden, I made a trip up to the Tree Shop at Cairndow, and came back with three small trees which I hoped would become the focal points of the garden. I haven't spent much money in the garden, but this was, for me at the time, quite a major purchase! It's taken a few years, but this Acer is becoming established and I'm sure you will agree it is making its mark. It's all to do with anthocyanins, see here!

On the other hand, this michaelmas daisy was a division from a friend and appears to like its new home. I don't know what cultivar it is, but that doesn't matter a whit!

I'm pleased to say that my neighbours got the forage maize safely gathered in!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

First frosts

For the past two mornings there has been a sheen of white over the fields. Cold and frosty mornings have arrived. The 'non stop' begonias immediately stopped, keeling over and dying, and heralding the demise of the summer containers (look back here and here). The priority has been this week to plant up something to add a bit of colour at the front of the house through the winter. Here's what was accomplished, looking a bit miserable at the moment. But let's see what they look like in February and March when the bulbs push through.

Someone has to tell these little Coreopsis. Grown originally as a biennial, these two plants are in their second year of flowering, and have so far taken no notice of the cold! Very cheery.

The big job next year will be to do something with the heather and shrub border.

Yes, I do sit here and ponder... occasionally.

Michaelmas daisies and Kaffir lillies still provide colour, although most of the garden is getting past its best.

Clematis tangutica 'Bill Mackenzie' is my 'plant of the month'!

The other job that did get done (and I'm not going to list all that did not) was to get one of my three compost 'bins' ready for all the leaves. Skip is surrounded by a number of very large beech trees, and will be awash with leaves soon. I'm ready for them this year!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Rainbows over Annandale

Spectacular showers today, and lots of rainbows. Here's one, looking east from near Cogries towards Craig Fell. I almost felt I was inside the rainbow. But the pot of gold remains elusive!