All the leaves are brown

autumn-leaf-dscl-resizedThe way I look at Autumn has changed as I have got older. When I was younger it signalled the end of the summer and back to school, but now I see it through different eyes. Not just the fading of summer flowers, plants dying back and falling leaves, but as a most beautiful season with it’s own special charm.img_5139img_5134

Although my love of Autumn is a quite recent, collecting conkers has always been a big thing with me – I can not walk past a conker on the ground without picking it up.originalphoto-465464040-512128originalphoto-465464427-079369

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The things we do for love


Getting a puppy has changed everything in our lives, including the garden. When we moved in, I removed the lawn and rammed the borders with bee friendly plants and flowers. This year when the chicken run went, it became even more of a jungle and probably the best it has ever looked.flower gardenIt was however, not at all Tilly the Cockapoo friendly. Pulling at plants as she doodle dashes to the bottom of the garden to dig up and eat the bark. Not ideal, as it turns out that so many, well actually nearly all plants in my garden were “toxic to dogs”.  But Tilly comes first, and so to save my sanity, all dangerous plants have now been removed and replaced with a small lawned area. Some plants are spending the winter in my raised bed until I can decide where to put them.

img_5124I am now researching plants that are dog friendly and planning a new look for summer.

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Sweet scented summer

The Sweet Peas “Blue Velvet’ in the front garden were definitely the stars this year, masses of long, straight and highly perfumed blooms.

In the back garden the Everlasting Sweet Peas have produced very pretty pale pink flowers, unscented of course but free from the greenfly which have once again blighted the rest.
sweet pea dscl 8x8 resized.jpg Sweet peas print for sale at  Tea and Tiffin

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