Thursday, October 16, 2014

Into Autumn

Travelling home from Stranraer recently, I just had to stop the car and capture this pic, near Creetown. Early evening sunsets - a sign that autumn is approaching.

The spiders have been busy on this Cotoneaster.

At Skip, the first frost must be imminent. It has been a good summer. Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' is still going strong.

Autumn colour from this aster...

... and from Sedum 'Autumn Joy'.

 The beech mast has fallen, and the leaves are just beginning to colour.

The first autumn storm did bring some leaves down, and these are now on a new heap to compost down.

A few winter containers have been planted up.

These cheery violas makes me smile.

 Cotoneaster horizontalis looks spectacular against the white wall of the house.
 
A good year for the gentians.

Probably the biggest success of the year were these snapdragons, grown from plugs and planted out in containers, and still giving a great show into October!

There's a trellis doing sterling work underneath all this!

So, a few more bulbs to plant, and then it will be time to 'forget' the garden until the new year. There are no gnomes at Skip, but this little fellow was purchased in aid of pancreatic cancer. He (she?) gets to look after the garden over the winter months. Doesn't have a name ... yet.

Photos © Skip Cottage

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