A short post from the garden

 

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I spent a few minutes today collecting fallen leaves beneath our Forest Pansy (Cercis Canadensis) to record the astonishing range of colours and colour combinations that the leaves of this elegant tree produce as the chlorophylls gradually dwindles through Autumn. I have been meaning to do this for the last four years but my timing was always out by a few days and the colours had mostly faded before I could get around to making a photograph. This year I managed to get my timing right.

To see the full range of colours click on the preview image and the full size image will load in a new tab.

 

 

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It’s been a long time

A low yew hedge removed and replaced with espalier posts and old varieties of apple and pear. The raised beds on the left have had their soil improved and now grow salad and vegetables.
No hedge room

I last posted here on 28th June 2015, just after we had moved to Wales.

The time since then has been well spent. We ripped out much of the ornamental elements of the garden – roses on sticks particularly; dug in loads of well rotted organic manure and this summer our garden has rewarded us not just with fruit and vegetables but more importantly a huge increase in biodiversity. When we first arrived there we’re very few birds in the garden and hardly any insects. Removing yew hedges and replacing them with espaliered apples and pears (old varieties) and letting the herbs grow in the lawns so that the nectar loving insects could feed has transformed the place.

 

A rambling rose in full bloom climbs over a timber frame.
A well fed rambler rewarding us, and the insects, with lots of blossom this year.
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Millie our Fell Terrier enjoying her favourite snack of Mange Tout.

 

The time has also been well spent with a camera and I plan to post on that subject much more in the future months. In the meantime if you are interested some of my landscape work can be seen on the new web site also called, not surprisingly: Hares on the Hill