Autumn is definitely on its way, not that I'm complaining, it's my favourite time of year. There are lots of lovely colours on the trees, a distinct coolness in the air in the mornings along with heavy dew. Fortunately we've had some really lovely weather in the past week or so, not quite making up for the lousy summer but enough to feel all is not lost!
|This rather fine gentleman lives in the field behind the nursery|
We have a selection of trees and shrubs sporting some glorious autumn colour. From Acers to Blueberries and Cercidiphyllums in reds, yellows or oranges, this is the time to choose plants for autumn colour. You can see how well they colour and it is an ideal time to plant as the soil is still warm and there is time for the plant to settle in before winter.
|Acer capillipes, which also has great bark, being one of the Snakebark maples|
|Another one of my favourite plants. They are great year round plants with pink shaded foliage in spring, white bell|
shaped flowers in summer, berries in autumn which never make it to the kitchen in my garden and fab
|One of my favourite trees, again lovely spring foliage, an ideal tree for small|
gardens, glorious autumn colour and that elusive candy floss smell as the leaves drop
I am lucky these days that my commute to the nursery is only 15 to 20 minutes and through some lovely countryside, I love it. About five minutes after leaving the house I have climbed out the valley and there is a great view towards Biggar, the Biggar Hills and Moffat Hills beyond. Coulter Fell, Broad Law, Gathersnow Hill, Dun Rig, and many more, I've climbed them all. Luckily if the sky or light is interesting for a photo there is a car park at the side of the road to stop and do some photography.
|Morning view of the Biggar Hills on the way to work|
|Harvest time on the farm at Whitmuir|
In the nursery we're still re potting everything before winter arrives, I've finished the trees and shrubs and back working through the herbaceous perennials. It is so satisfying seeing them weed free, re potted and growing in new compost and rowed up neatly. Next year we will have lots of lovely healthy, happy plants for sale.
|Looking back across some of the stock beds in the late summer sun|
Our day off last week was quite relaxed, the weather was lovely and sunny so we decided to grab the chance to go to the beach. The last few weeks have been wet on our days off or we've had other stuff to do, so this was the day. We went to Niddry Bents in East Lothian with views of Edinburgh and Fife. As soon as Bracken saw we were on the beach he was beside himself, like us he loves the beach. He got off the lead and ran in HUGE circles over the whole width of the beach before chasing sticks in the water. We walked for a while heading east throwing sticks for Bracken, picking up bits of sea washed glass and enjoying the late summer heat. It was good to feel the sea air and get some photos, I do love the beach.
|Bracken retrieving a stick|
|Many colours of seaweed|
|Looking over to Fife|
|The soon to be demolished Cockenzie Power station|
|Marram Grass on the sand dunes|
|It's my seaweed stick, no it's mine|
After coffee and cake in a wee tearoom in Gullane we headed home but decided to stop off at Inveresk Lodge gardens. A lovely garden in it's own right, belonging to the National Trust for Scotland, this garden has special memories for me. Back in the day before going to study horticulture at college you had to do a years practical experience, I did mine with the National Trust for Scotland on their Youth training Scheme at Inveresk Lodge Garden. It was a wonderful year, not only getting to work in a lovely garden with a great gardener, but some independence, a wage to spend, experiencing lots of new things, meeting new people, it was the mid eighties and I was 16.
|The patio, Inveresk Lodge garden|
|Looking up to the house, Inveresk|
|The House, glasshouses and yew tree, Inveresk|
|Humulus lupulus 'Aureaus', golden hop in the gardens|
|Inside the glasshouses, Inveresk|
|Autumn colour creeping into the gardens|
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