Day 293: rose hips

The hedgerows are full of rose hips – the hedges and many shrubs in the garden too, where a tangle of wild rose has romped through them. The shrub roses themselves... not so much..

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Day 292: red mistletoe cactus

Lurking among the ferns in the living room, and doing a very good job of blending in, is Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa ‘Red Coral’…

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Day 291: a favourite acer

Is it possible to have a favourite acer? It seems an especially difficult feat at this time of year, when every maple seems bent on outdoing its relatives in the autumn colour stakes…

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Day 290: somewhere inbetween

The bench outside the back door has taken on something of the character of the waiting room or way station – a limbo where plants come to rest, temporarily, before going to their long-term homes…

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Day 289: violas and pansies

When is a pansy not a pansy? When it’s a viola, of course. Or something like that – truth is, all pansies are violas, though not vice versa, and there’s some waffle about pansies having one downward facing petal and four upward…

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Day 288: woodland floor

The woodland floor in October has something of the lucky dip, or raffle about it, booted feet shuffling through an al fresco tombola drum, stick your hand in and pull out a prize…

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Day 287: spindle berry

From the soggy remnants of summer, the rich colours of autumn are just beginning to appear. Most notably outside my kitchen door, where a golden carpet of Oriental bittersweet leaves has appeared overnight…

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Day 286: ice and fire

Rarely moved to deprive the garden of flowers, I now feel duty bound to cut what I can for the house. Autumn has turned filthy, and shows no sign letting up for at least the next week…

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Day 285: a time to sow

In spite of the weather doing its best to bluster, here in Kent October continues relatively mild. There is warmth yet in the soil, and a fresh crop of seedlings and weedlings has appeared over the last few days…

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