Alan's Blog

The year is now starting to romp away and bulbs are popping up all over the garden, Blackbirds and Robins carving up territories in the garden and squrills seem to be every wear.

Sure, sign that spring has woken; a Robin singing his or her heart out, Blackbirds all over the garden' Tits all varieties busy inspecting bird boxes and Snowdrops showing colour.

The new year is only four days old and our thoughts have already turned to open days.

Weather - a good place to start. Christmas week has given us a good cross section from crisp frosty mornings, warm sunny days, rain, rain and more rain and today wet, foggy and general uck. No wonder we all have colds and feel pretty low.

As its quite in the garden there are jobs to be done which I am told are best done at this time of the year. One of these is to heavy prune the Box hedge, so Finn was given the go a head. We await the spring growth with fingers crossed.

Autumn has really set in now, the weather is a mis mach of sun, rain, high winds and dull overcast days, the Beech tree next to the house has showered us with nuts and fat Squirrels try to hop around the lawn.

Some five years ago we planted a Black Hamburg grape on the kitchen garden wall, last year we had a good crop and again this year, this year I noticed lot’s of Red Admiral butterflys (although photo only shows one) on the ripe grapes in the autumn sun.

The first week of October and a change in the weather, rain cool days misty mornings then warm sometimes hot sunshine later, everyone has been busy what with giving the lawn a autumn chop, planting up pots with tulips and daffs and bedding out more wall flowers, lastly Paul has now finished the brick work for the pool on the high terrace/ temple.

The Brugmansia Sanguinea has flowered. It has taken all summer to grow and today it has a flower, well where there is one others may follow.

The song goes “It’s a long long while from May to December and the days grow short when reach November. But the weather has changed and the summer bedding must go the wallflowers have arrive.

Quarter day has gone and the feast of Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is due on the 29th of September. As it falls near the equinox, the day is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days; in England, it is one of the “quarter days”. We will have Goose and Mince pies plus Coombe House apple punch, well any excuse for a party.

Well summer holidays are over and shades of autumn are slowly creeping in. G and Laura are busy at work sorting out cutting beds in the kitchen garden and creating a white Dalilah bed for next year.