I am down in Somerset planting bulbs in a meadow with a friend. The interesting thing about working in a different garden is how different gardens use the views around them, or not. This is a walled garden so like GD it is more inward looking than out but this garden has a great rooftop view, the church next-door. It reminds me of a sugar caster.



We are having such a perfect autumn, I do not remember one like it. The garden is closed but it is looking very good which is a bit of a shame that a lot of people are not seeing how good it looks. The problem with this time of the year is that you do not know what the weather is doing so you do stay open. It is going to change soon so enjoy if your autumn is like ours.



We got the hedge cuttings picked up first thing. Then it was time to get the tomato plants out od the ground and on the fire and the area weeded. The tomatoes have done us very well this year but I am happy to see the area clear and getting ready for winter. We also started to put down the compost, my aim is to get the compost down by December and then start the winter digging.



Today was cutting rough hedge day. It was a good day for it as they say it is going to get warm again this week so it was a job that got me hot but not too hot. I love the hedge that runs along the side of Mrs Next-doors gardeners house because growing out of it is a bay tree which has grown so much over the past twenty years that I have lived at GD. It makes it a lot more interesting and means that people visiting us do not look into his landing window.



Today was a good day for the start of the cutting back of the rough hedges up at the vegetable garden. One of the hedges was layed last autumn and the men who did the work came to look at it in the summer and did not seem to be too happy with its lack of love, now is the time to bring back order up there. I do like a well cut hedge in the winter.



And the kale still grows as the world changes……We have lifted the cover on the kale, not only so that we can get to it but also as the plants were hitting the top of the cover and needs the room so that the air can get in, plants do need a good air flow all year-round. They said we would get rain, I was happy to look out the window this morning and see so much of it. By the end of coffee break it was over and the sun came out.



They say we are going to get another lot of rain in the night that will go through till midday tomorrow. For this reason we cut the amaranth seed heads off and put them in a box to dry. This year I really want to use the seed. Ellie and I are both going to use the drying time to look into the best use of the grain. It is a fun crop to use and looks great in the autumn when it is seven-foot tall with bright inflorescences.


Rhubarb Chard

It was the last day of the symposium today and I cooked both lunch and dinner  for the group. Lunch was a good thick winter vegetable soup. Dinner was beef stew and rice and for the vegetable I picked a big bunch of Rhubarb chard. I really love the colour of it as a whole and the stem is great to eat, I lightly boiled it, perfect. These vegetables should get through a mild winter for us.



Last week I was down in the nursery and on the side was a bunch of roses that melted my heart, it is a rose that we sell here and I am always shocked that we do not sell out because I think it is perfection in a plant. The rose is Rosa chinensis ‘Bengal Crimson’, it is the sort of plant that I would love my sister to grow. The vase of roses are now on my desk, thank you Michael.



Last night we had a ground frost. With luck it will not be the last. Frost is very good at a number of things in the garden, one being the reason for plants to become dormant after a hot dry summer it is a good thing, now we need some rain. They have said it is what we are going to have tomorrow morning. I always think it best to leave the Kale till after a frost so that it become sweeter, so tonight the symposium group had Kale with their meal.