Journal

Enchanted fruit

Enchanted fruit

One of my favourite places at this time of year is a lane at the end of the village that is lined with old fruit trees. Their gnarly branches and lichen-covered twigs lend a touch of enchantment. Tiny pears drop like magic fruits from leafless branches; rosy red apples hang from heavily laden boughs.  There's [...]

Pumpkin patch

Pumpkin patch

We visited our local farm shop at the weekend where a full field is given over to growing pumpkins. There they huddle; all shapes and sizes. Fat, orange ones glowing in the afternoon sun; mottled green ones looking suitably ghoulish. Our chosen pumpkin is now sitting in the cool of the porch looking very seasonal [...]

Wind brought

Wind brought

The leaves are being swept from the trees and hedges, revealing previously hidden treasures. Along the edges of the newly ploughed fields, which rise up the hill where the wind whips, wild roses scramble. And here and there along their stems robin’s pincushions redden, each one a delicate mass of moss-like fronds. These unkempt growths [...]

Bittersweet days

Bittersweet days

September in the garden is always marked by an increase in numbers of honeybees. They clamber across the ruby heads of the sedums and fly from flower to flower in the clumps of Michaelmas daises. These two late flowering plants provide ample forage for hungry bees. But I expect the surge in visitors at this [...]