Six on Saturday. 26. 11. 2022

A lovely sunny day yesterday meant I could take some photos for SOS without it pouring down! After a week of almost non stop rain, the leaves have been blown into submission and the grass has amazingly been cut, for a short time the garden is looking almost tidy, until the next strong wind, probably today. Some autumn colour still remains so I’ll start with that.

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First of all a general view across the back garden where Acer Osakazuki is still grabbing attention in the far corner even though she has lost most of her leaves by now.

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Six on Saturday. 19. 11. 2022

Another warm week has gone by with showers and sunshine, its been more like September than November and the grass has kept growing and the leaves keep falling. I am spending most of my time raking leaves to rot down in a corner of the woodland and make wonderful leaf mould. I look at my huge trees and see that there are still so many leaves to come down, I will be at it for a good few more weeks. In the meantime, lets see what is standing out in the garden at the moment.

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I’ll start with a tree that I have by the front drive, which I think is a cross between and English oak and an American beech, each year we get lovely orange leaves before they fall.

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Six on Saturday 5.11.2022

Today is very wet and I think that is how it will stay for the rest of the day, so I don’t think any gardening will get done. It is still very warm for this time of year and the plants are still confused. I saw a rabbit in the garden first thing this morning, but it had vanished by the time I got the camera, hope it doesn’t set up home here, they did once before and did untold damage to my plants! Time for Six on Saturday, here are mine…………

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The Cotinus in the back garden is putting on its autumnal finery and looking rather lovely at the moment.

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Six on Saturday, 29/10/2022

Another week of sunshine and showers with unusually high temperatures for this time of year. Flowers are getting harder to find to photograph, leaves are everywhere and need raking up, supposed to be good for the waistline! My six are as follows.

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Two large bags of gravel arrived mid week for the new area up at the top of the garden, just all needs spreading now!

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Six on Saturday 22.10.2022

Another week gone by, a week of sunshine and showers until yesterday when the rain was decidedly torrential! At least our weatherman is happy that the reservoirs have started to full up once more after the drought of the summer. It is getting more of a challenge to find six items worth photographing for todays post but I just about managed.

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Roses are still putting out more flowers, the weather is so mild for this time of year. This is Graham Thomas which always seems to be in flower, such a good rose.

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Six on Saturday. 15.10.2022

Another week of sunshine and showers, the grass is very green and growing far too quickly and the plants are looking very happy indeed. Leaf colour is changing and the garden has a golden glow to it when the sun shines on the leaves. Apples need gathering in, I wish I had a young person who could climb my Bramley apple tree!

My six for this week are as follows….

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A Wood Pigeon squab crash landed on the dining room windowsill the other day, such a big fluffy baby! It stayed for quite some time with its parent keeping an eye on it.

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Six on Saturday 08. 10. 2022

Saturday again already, it comes round far too quickly! The garden is looking very autumnal now with leaves down everywhere and only me to clear them up, plants dying back and needing cutting down soon, so there is plenty of work to do as well as still trying to improve the old veggie area. I’m getting quite a bit done in between the showers, today looks good though, should get quite a lot done today. I’ll start my Six on Saturday with my cooking apples and thereby hangs a tale!

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Yesterday I collected these windfall apples and now have them in the freezer, stewed and ready for when I want to make a crumble topping.

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Six on Saturday. 01.10.2022

Another month gone, summer is just a faded memory now. Autumn weather is well in charge so I’m so glad that I took my photos yesterday before all the rain arrived, although we didn’t seem to have the very strong wind that was promised, just a lot of very heavy rain. To start with I didn’t think there would be very much for me to photograph, but eventually I found rather more than expected, as well as some that should have been included last week but got missed.

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Mahonia nitens Cabaret is just starting to open its flowers, from lovely red buds to yellow/orange flowers.

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Six on Saturday. 24.09.2022

At this time of year my thoughts turn to making sure that I have plenty of food in the garden for the birds. Berries are ripening nicely on shrubs and roses, but I know they will soon be eaten once they are ripe, they don’t think to keep some for later!

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The pyracantha by the front gate is the first to show the colour of its berries. The birds will soon strip this bush once they start, mainly blackbirds and thrushes.

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Cyclamen and Colchicums

Bulbs popping up and flowering at this time of year always seem extra special. One minute there isn’t any sign of what’s to come, then suddenly, there they are, flowering away and looking lovely. The Cyclamen always come first, starting to flower in August, then come September and the Colchicums join in.

Lovely dark pink variety of cyclamen. This dark one has now started seeding around so quite a few seedlings are now spreading in the woodland.

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