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September / October
A particularly sharp and early frost towards the end of September put paid to the flowering of many of the tender, garden plants.
We always expect a frost during the “stag-roaring season” but this year what came was unusually sharp for the time of year and the dahlias, sweet peas and gladiola were finished in a night. All was not lost, however, the hardier Asters, Rudbeckia, Anemone Japonica and Colchicum survived and are still blooming away, adding a variety of autumn colour to the borders as the trees give a wonderful backdrop of yellows and reds….changing their tone almost daily.
Colchicum (Autumn Crocus) put on a lovely display at this time of year and they surprise many visitors who are not familiar with them. The downside is that, although they are hardy we are, perhaps, just a little exposed for them to show their true magnificence as the frosts, wind and rain ravage the delicate blooms leaving them looking slightly battered. Talking of crocus (the colchicum not being a true crocus) we have planted out another 1500 spring flowering varieties in the Japanese Garden to brighten up this peaceful area in February and March.
The small orchard in the Herb Garden continues to develop with many of the young trees producing fruit this year. The Victoria Plum excelled producing over 30lbs of fruit, alone, and the various apple varieties produced some, if not an abundance of, fruit. The heather beds have been much admired this year, especially in the last few weeks. Mixing up the varieties to produce colour throughout the season has been particularly successful and even now, going into late October, there is a lovely mix of colour and texture from the winter flowering varieties.
So as the shrubs, trees and plants wind down for the season so we, the gardeners, look towards next season and our winter projects which will add to the diversity of the garden and offer guests even more to see and do as they stroll around the grounds. For those who plan to visit over the next few weeks autumn colour should be dramatic and could I suggest a car drive, a bike ride or a walk along the south road of Loch Tummel in the late afternoon. The colours will be fantastic and if you stop along the loch side and listen…..you are sure to hear the stags roaring, all part of the season that is autumn, in Highland Perthshire. Innes
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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