Alan's Blog

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.

Opps. made a mistake on a plant name, the Pink Lilly style flower is of course a Crinum .  Long talk with G yesterday ref boarders, they need a fresh new look. When C designed the garden he laid it out with a colour plan but I do not have his eye and well I just think its time for a colour change not to drastic but a redecoration job.

We are in the middle of an Indian summer, warm almost hot sunny days, blue skies and just a hint of a breeze, for me the most perfect weather. Time for polo shirts during the day and woollen jumpers in the evening, though the heating does come on now.

Today we won First Prize at the Glastonbury Harvest Show for a shoe box of garden veg with a recipe.

Well, we took all the apples to the Cider works this morning and found we had about 2/3rds of a tonne. They the Cider works are now going to press these for us bottle so much and put the rest in sealed bags so if you come to the open day next year you can try some Coombe House apple juice and hopefully even buy some, all the profits will go to TS5C our inhouse charity (No. 1141010)

Kim and George have been busy in the orchards bringing down the apples, a good mixture, which tomorrow we are taking to Hecks Cider works to have them pressed and turned into Coombe House Cider. Finn has been bagging them up and I have observed.