Late Autumn Leaves

Last year I went to Stourhead at the end of October, to see the glorious autumn colour. Circumstances this autumn meant that I didn’t get there until yesterday, by which time a lot of the leaves had fallen. There was still plenty to see and it was a perfect day for another ‘getting back my fitness’ stroll. Rather than repeat last years post, I’m joining Jude’s Garden Challenge with a few leaves, because she wants to see anything found in a woodland environment.

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Jude’s post is about the New Forest in Hampshire, pop over and see, maybe join in!

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Garden Photography, a Favourite

Although I appreciate the amount of work that goes into making a garden neat and pristine, with everything ordered, it really doesn’t suit me at all. You knew that didn’t you?

You know I bend rules as well, but Jude won’t mind, she said she’d like this place.

So here we are back at Hill House, where you can find all kinds of rustic treasure.

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Add a touch of creativity, wouldn’t these make interesting features?

Or you could look inside the glasshouse,

hhs2You never know what you’ll find there.

hhs3Lots to inspire.

Even flowers!

So who knows what this is?

hhs9Besides being a rather unique framework for climbing plants.

hhs12We’ll pop back outside and say hi to this little lady, now the shower’s cleared.

hhs11Soak away the gardener’s aches and pains?

hhs10Perhaps a sit down on this rather splendid old bench, does it need a coat of paint or is it fine just as it is?

hhs8This small glasshouse has become rather overgrown since I last saw it, next time I might not be able to squeeze in at all.

So do you know what the climbing plant frame was originally?

Okay, it’s a wine bottle drier 🙂 and like all these items, it’s for sale.

Jude’s Garden Challenge theme this month is ‘Favourite Gardens’, may be you’d like to join in.

 

September: Flower Portrait

Jude asks for a single picture of either a favourite flower or an unusual one for September’s challenge. As I failed miserably to find an entry last month, I was determined to make it this time. So yesterday, I had a flying visit to Killerton to see what was on offer in their late summer border.
I’ve never been a particular fan of Canna Lily’s, but at this time of year they make a bright, bold statement in the border. The delicate petals of this one, Canna Indica I believe, attracted my attention.

You can join Jude’s challenge here, and you have until the end of September to showcase a single flower.

The Edible Garden

Jude’s chosen the edible garden for her challenge this month. She says we can post a photo of a single tomato plant or a whole rice terrace. There’s nothing quite like digging or picking fruit or veg that you’ve grown yourself, but not everyone has that option.

I’ve long admired the vegetable garden at RHS Rosemoor, here in Devon, and have photographed it in all seasons. Here are some of the munchies I’ve seen there.

Any guesses which one I’d never eat?

 

June Roses

Jude’s garden challenge theme this month is the ‘Essence of Summer’. At the weekend I went to Northernhay, a park in the centre of town that I hadn’t been to for years. i don’t even remember it being planted as abundantly, but the borders were a credit to the gardeners, and they made my heart sing, especially the roses.

Visit Jude for some fragrant lilies, to see what others are posting and perhaps to join in.

A Plant in the Post

What constitutes a wild flower? Among Jude’s definitions are ones that haven’t been planted. I totally admire the tenacity of plants that burst up between rocks, through tiny gaps in paving stones and I’ve even seen Buddleia growing roof on guttering, three floors up. So, wild Campanula does grow in the UK, but this is an escapee, a seed deposited by the wind perhaps, that managed to attach itself to a minute grain of earthy material to help it germinate. I think the spot it’s chosen, attached to a container for things going on a journey, is a perfect foil for its wild spirit, do you agree?

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The theme for Jude’s Garden Challenge this month is wild flowers, why not join in?

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Very Wild Flowers

Jude invites us to share images of wild flowers for the month of May, and this one is about as wild as you can get. Luckily she doesn’t seem to say that they can’t be exotic, because this one was taken on the banks of Kinabatanga river in Borneo.

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I don’t know what it is, it looks quite like a streptocarpus, but I think they originate in South Africa? Visit Jude to join her Garden Challenge, which has a different them each month.