"Just before the death of flowers, And before they are buried in snow................

 ........... There comes a festival season When nature is all aglow." -   Author Unknown 

I'm still behind in keeping up with writing this blog. October has turned into a very stressful month and its not over yet and neither is the stress. The nursery and gardens are very much wearing their autumn garb and looking good in it I must admit. Late summer flowers still hanging on, autumn flowers and some great autumn foliage colour developing is creating a tapestry of muted fiery colours all over the place. Autumn crocus, the Colchicum is flowering, the pink species in the top terrace border and the white variety in the railway garden. Because October has been so warm so far some of the late flowering asters are beginning to open, usually I don't see them as they flower in November when I'm off on holiday. 

Awesome autumn flowers - a different type of flat lay - on water.

SALE! SALE! SALE! We are having an autumn sale again this year starting this Saturday 2nd October.
SELECTED plants are half price or more. This includes a selection of trees, conifers, perennials, climbers and shrubs and all the roses and water plants.
You can find the plants on SALE on the front 4 tables in the sales area, marked SALE. Come along and grab yourself a bargain.
Some pots are also half price as is the compost. It's still a great time to plant while the soil is warm and plants have time to settle in before winter.
We're open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Toasted doglet anyone?
A simple autumnal display using 3 elements - rosehips, beech leaves and aster flowers

Looking good in the nursery gardens this week

Butterfly on Eupatorium maculatum
Atropurpureum Group 'Gateway'

Colchicum autumnale

Crab apple in the orchard

Cyclamen hederifolium

Echinacea purpurea 'Brilliant Star' 

Gunnera magellanica flower growing
through its own leaves

The railway garden

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm,
Aster umbellatus (Doellingeria umbellata) and Eupatorium

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm

Verbena hastata 'Pink Spires'

Sadly we've had this huge disaster at the nursery. A massive part of one of the huge beech trees has come down into the back area of the nursery.
Our greenhouse is badly damaged which I'm really upset about 😪 the wee tunnel is completely flattened which is used to over winter a lot of plants. I've no idea what all the new stock is like outside in that area. We are away for a couple of days so I won't get a real idea of damage until I get back in on Wednesday. First job will be to phone our insurance company.

My greenhouse, overwhelmed with tree!

Can barely see the polytunnel

The other end, filling the
workspace behind the office

We'd like to say a massive thanks to Colin Mark and crew who came in today to start taking the fallen tree apart. Starting at the "top" they cut back all the small branches first, then assessing each cut as they gradually found out what the trunk and large branches were resting on. Taking time to reduce any further damage to buildings and plants as they went. Clearing the branches and wood out the way and creating a huge pile of cut up tree in the field behind the nursery. Another day will see the massive trunk reduced and removed by crane from the nursery.
Tomorrow Fiona and I start sorting out the plants, repotting, sorting out and putting it all back together.
I'd also like to say a huge thanks to family, friends, customers and our followers on social media who have all been hugely supportive. Offers of help to clear up, the use of greenhouses and messages of support.
It didn't kill us but it will make us stronger 💪💪💪



The greenhouse uncovered and
we can see just how bad the damage is

What remains of the polytunnel

Fiona and I spent Sunday working through all the plants that had been trapped under the fallen tree and then moved out the way to cut the tree up. We managed to get all this lot re-potted, relabelled and back into order. So far over 300 crushed and unusable pots. Luckily the plants will recover.

Thanks to Fiona we got all this sorted in a day, and the company was good for moral support too and who doesn't like a friend and work mate who brings chocolate muffins and chocolate to work.

You are never too old to climb apple trees to reach the highest apples it turns out 😃
It also gives an interesting perspective on the top terrace of the nursery. What I also realised was this photo perfectly shows the tree that came down. In the second photo everything to the left of the red line is what came down

Monday and we had some shopping and things to do in Peebles and then a walk along the Tweed in the lovely sunshine. The river is higher after the rain we've had and the autumn colour is beginning to happen.

On Tuesday we were off to our friends Andrew and Linda for dinner. It was lovely to catch up with them after so long. Great food and company and great views from the house.

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