Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Autumn Fades, Holidays Beckon and a Hint of Winter!

Anemone × hybrida 'Königin Charlotte'

As our nursery season draws to a close for 2018 (I know I can't believe it either!) there is still plenty of colour in the garden. Although most of the autumn leaf colour has been blown off by all the recent gales perennials are still holding their own. Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii', Japanese anemones, Persicarias, Asters, Rudbeckia, Agastache, Marigolds and a second flush of flowers on all the lupns. 

Aster (Symphyotrichum) pilosum var.
Pringlei 'Monte Cassino'
Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'

Lupinus 'The Governor' (Band of Nobles Series)

....... and one from the same batch of
 Lupinus 'The Governor'

WINTER HOURS
The nursery will be closed from 28th October and then open by appointment only from Monday 19th November until Saturday 2rd March 2019 when we re-open for the 2019 season.
If you wish to purchase plants or to ask advice, please email rona@quercusgardenplants.co.uk and we can arrange to be open.
We'd like to thank all our customers and visitors to the nursery for helping make it a fantastic year, for your custom, great reviews and positive feedback, it's very much appreciated.
We have lots more exciting plans for the nursery and gardens in 2019 and hope to see you back to enjoy the next part of the garden development and all the new plants we will have for sale.


I spent the last week getting everything ready for us closing and for winter. All the herbs and alpines are back in the big tunnel (not because they are not hardy, but because they are in small pots, they are more vulnerable). A lot of plants are back with their batches in the stock beds, signs are down, ornaments and benches stored undercover for winter (this prolongs their life so much more) and the water features are all switched off. The gunnera got it's winter tent of its own leaves cut off and turned upside down, this will keep the worst of the frost off. So far so good, I'm really pleased with how well it is surviving in the stream garden. 

David has started taking the turf off in the middle terrace, marking
out our next project or two!

Last year in 2017 we created two large gardens here in the nursery, the scented and herb garden which have been much enjoyed by visitors and staff. This year we concentrated on signage, labelling and information boards in the sales area, stock beds and gardens.
Next year we are going big again with two new projects! One has been started for a while and the second David started last weekend, lifting off the turf so we can get a feel for the new border lay out. If you've visited the nursery recently you'll have seen the first tracks laid for the Quercus Light Railway and the video I put up here last week.

Around the railway with be the second project - my interpretation of a prairie garden. I love Piet Oudolf's designs and plant use and would love to recreate something similar (on a much smaller scale of course). ALthough I will be using lots of cultivated garden plants I want it to blend into the wild life bankings on either side too.
As they say watch this space!

We had snow at the weekend, it seems we've gone full circle, starting in March with snow and ending with it. This is it coming over the Pentlands, it didn't lie but fluttered down for a while.

My Wisteria at home has had some beautiful autumn colour this year, such golden leaves!

At home the garden is very much heading to winter. All the tender plants are in the greenhouse, the new greenhouse heater is working well which is a good thing considering the low temperatures we've had this week, three nights of frost and down to -5 on one morning! Brrrrrrrr, it feels too early, I just hope we're not heading for an early and long winter after an early autumn.

Bracken has a new tennis ball to skin!
Milly and Rona morning selfies while waiting
for the school bus


I've also had more time for cooking and baking. We had a bumper crop of apples from the nursery and I'm now working my way through the second lots. I've stewed some and put them in the freezer, made an apple and raspberry pie, apple and cider bread, apple cake and apple and bramble muffins. I think the last lot will become apple chutney.

The second picking of apples

Lots of homemade yummyness

Sticky treacle pudding with poached pears, dessert when we
 had friends over for dinner

WIth clear skies and cold weather come beautiful skies and we are lucky to have open views around us and on the way home from the nursery. I never get bored taking of sunset and sky photos.





The autumn colour on our wee road has been fabulous, it's almost all gone
now, blown away with all the strong winds in recent weeks



Our day off last week was all about the Clyde Valley after a much needed long lie we stayed local. A visit to the antique place at Garryon Bridge where I managed to buy an old gardening book, 2 mugs for my Denby dinner set and part of Bettys Christmas for £23! I should be on Antiques Road trip, next a stop at Silver birch garden centre to wander amongst their Christmas shop much to David's bah humbug. Next it was Bracken's turn and we had a lovely walk up to the Falls if Clyde, so lucky to have this lovely place to walk on our door step. Then it was back into Lanark to do some shopping before heading home, whew!



This way or that





















We are now going to enjoy a few relaxed weeks off, we will be back and forward to the nursery over winter as there's always plenty to do. 

Have a great week.


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2 comments:

  1. What a beautiful plave that waterfall is! Love the sceneries too.
    It would be great to come and pay your nursery a visit next year, I hope I can make it one day in any case. You have so many interesting plants. That Rudbeckia is stunning!

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  2. Beautiful photos, Rona. That red tree by the white cottage is quite something - any idea what it was? I am thrilled to hear about your plans for a perennial garden with a model railway running through it - what a marvellous idea! I shall be over in a shot to see the finished result. Anyway, glad to hear that Quercus has had another great year, and here's hoping you and David have a restful winter break.

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