A walk in the gardens September 2006
Autumn has definitely arrived. We have had a few lingering days
of summer, warm and sunny, this month, some cool nights and plenty
of wind and rain over the last couple of weeks. The equinox gales
left a fair bit of tidying up to be done in the way of branches
and twigs to be gathered up but nothing major as far as I could
Autumn colour is beginning to appear especially with the horse
chestnuts and on the main drive Parrotia persica. Kniphofia
also provide colour here.
The walled garden again provides much of the flowering plants this
month; Michaelmas daisies and Dahlias, Gentian asclepiadea, Scabiosa
ochroleuca, Cimicifolia racemosa, Ceratostigma willmottianum and
Schizostilus and Kirengeshoma palmata
Clematis tangutica was covered with its little yellow flowers
and I found one flower head on clematis rehderiana. The Lapageria
rosea is back in bloom again. One or two of the small rhododendrons
have decided to flower again – Rh. intrafast, impeditum and calostrotum.
Outside the walled garden interest is provided by berries of the
various Sorbus species and Cotoneasters. In the north triangle garden
the bark of Betula jacquemontii is looking good now.
But the plant of the month must surely be Fascicularia bicolor.
There is one growing at the side of the path leading from the car
park and its flowers are spectacular.