Vegetable Garden -We are still picking Runner beans, Courgettes , lettuce, Chard, Raspberries,Figs, Apples and Pears. LabLab is the name of the pretty purple flowering bean next to the Sweet Pea frame.
Walk through the vegetable garden and growing on the wall on your right beside the Potting Shed we have the purple ‘Cup and Saucer” plant (Cobaea Scandens). This is an annual planted last year and must have self -seeded, it is growing through the rose Phyllis Bide.
The yellow rose growing through the Ginkgo Tree is Mermaid.
Cyclamen are in flower in the Dell and we soon have to decide what will happen to the space created by the Chestnut that blew down in the February gales.
The Autumn Border is coming to life with its Asters and Dahlia and in the Stream Garden the Schizostylis Coccinea (kaffir lily or river lily ) are in flower.
On the East Lawn the Autumn Crocus- Colchicum are in full bloom.
The lovely Autumn flowering Lespedeza is one of my favourite plants. Bought 4 years ago at Wisley its long shoots with purple pea like flowers appear in September. It’s next to the Bay in the West Lawn.
Also, on the West Lawn growing in pots with the Oleander is “Apple of Peru” or Nicandra Physalodes. It is an annual and after its purple flowers has lovely physalis- like seed heads.
The Heron is still a daily visitor and sometimes sits on the hedge above the moat to get a better view of the fish!
Yesterday a king fisher was seen standing on the bridge. It dived into the Moat and brought up a fish. Then repeated the performance and took another fish!! We are a wildlife larder!!
Stay healthy and good gardening