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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.

There was a chill in the air this morning but by 11am the sun was out and the garden looked good in all it’s late summer glory. The first of the real Daturas has flowered, alas the white doubles have never germinated but I will try again next year.

Paul has finished painting stage one of the house and he is off to New York next week on holiday so George and I will be left to plot and plan for next year. We will open the garden for the NGS and TS5C on July 12th next year. When Paul comes back we will plough on and finish the Temple.

The great Pumpkin patch has started to fill up. I was most surprised to see them as George has not told me we were growing them, now of course its BIG BIG pumpkin for the Autumn show and Halloween. I expect to see one of them duly on show.

The Black Hamburg grapes are also fattening up, if that’s what grapes do and Kim is going to try a recipe from Pliny the Elder to make a sough dough and then make some roman bread. It all goes on here.

One of the pleasures of living in Somerset and especially Glastonbury is the climate. We rarely get snow and our weather on the whole is benign and this allows us to grow a variety of plants, shrubs and flowers which normally we would have trouble with. This alas also means bugs and nasty hornets like the environment. However, some we like and one flew into the garden this morning and worked his though it could be her way over the Phlox’s. A Humming Bird Hawk Moth. Alas they move so quick it was hard to capture a good picture. I hope there may be some eggs lain somewhere.