Saturday, 12 October 2013

The shades of Autumn in our garden


The leaves are beginning to slowly change colour in our garden .......


The gravel garden is at it's best at this time of year with the rubeckia goldstrum , grasses and sedum still providing an adundance of colour.



  The verbena seeds eveywhere.


 and the leaves are starting to fall adding a carpet of colour.


The apples are ready for picking....


without any assistance from Twinkle - she had her eye on something else!


There are a few flowers to pick, although the hydrangeas have now lost their colour. What is the highlight of your garden at the moment?


I have sneaked the last picture in, it was taken in Abbotsbury Gardens a few weeks ago it just captures for me the essence of Autumn.

 I seem to spend more time in the kitchen in the Winter and Autumn and I have today made some roasted plum jam, it was easy to do and the flavour is so rich and  intense. I picked up the recipe via Dialaja from Croatia see here (you will need to follow her link to the recipe - it translated into English with no problems).  It would make a good item to add to a Christmas Hamper. It always fun trying recipes from all around the world and Dialaja has some lovely dishes and desserts, so do pop over and visit her.

Hope you are having a good weekend.
Sarah x


36 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah,
    How beautiful.. I love your rubeckia goldstrum.. Such a lovely sight this time of year... What a beautiful garden you have.
    My English roses are in full bud right now and sould be in bloom again soon...

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    fondly,
    Penny

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  2. It's lovely Sarah, your use of grasses give it a real seaside feel too.
    I wish I could get my Verbena to seed. It's really struggled in this and the previous garden. Just to have it return each summer, strong and healthy, is enough of a challenge for me! Possibly it needs a lighter soil.

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    1. We transformed a piece of lawn into a gravel garden several years ago and we have been amazed by the results. Plants we can't grow elsewhere have flourished. I do snails out there but can't recall any slugs, so maybe that's part of the reason that plants seed so readily.
      Sarah x

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  3. what a beautiful garden and so many lovely autumnal images. The last one is beautiful!

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  4. ROASTED PLUM JAM? Oh dear, that has to be good and intense; I love roasted ANYTHING because it brings out the deep flavors. Roasted chestnuts are my favorite at this time, mixed with sautéed mushrooms!

    Dearest Sarah and Daisy, your garden is like ours in that it seems to have wanted to linger just a tad longer to show off its beauty. This weekend however, I had to finally throw out my beautiful white inpatiens that did so well this summer. What a great time of year, non?

    BE WELL YOU TWO! Anita

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  5. It looks as though you have a great apple harvest, and some lovely pictures of your garden.

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  6. Like your new look and header Sarah,
    My verbena is about 6 ft high..but is drooping. They really do seed themselves.
    How wonderful to be able to pick your own apples Sarah.. lots of apple jam and pies and goodies to use them for.
    I love the leaves..so Autumn.
    nice post .
    wishing you a happy weekend.. val x x

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  7. Your garden is beautiful. The gravel area is lovely. No highlight at all in my garden I'm afraid, unless you count the fact that some of the grass seed I threw into the massive bare patch has germinated.

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  8. Sarah your garden is looking wonderful! Grasses are the best thing in mine at the moment too, along with rose hips and crab apples, but we've had a frost so scarcely any flowers left.

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  9. Dear Sarah,

    How beautiful your garden is at this time of the year - so lovely to see all the colour there and shades of Autumn.
    The apples look delicious and great Twinkles accompanied you in the garden. Also love the sound of the roasted plum jam.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  10. Beautiful photos - as usual.

    I am enjoying my fall garden for the first time in many years. While working, fall was always a busy time at school and with coaching volleyball. I was always too late in getting home to even be in the garden and on weekends I was too busy cleaning house. This year I am enjoying 3 huge chrysanthemum plants bursting with color. I planted them at the end of the season last year and the literally grew 5 times their size.

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  11. Your garden looks wonderful, mines a spring early summer garden, I really must correct this! :) x

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  12. Hello Sarah lovely photos as always. I think in my garden the thing standing out the most is the vigina creeper it's almost scarlet at the moment. Your garden looks wonderful. The verbena is one of my favourites. I want to get some of the rudbeckia too it's so lovely this time of year xx

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  13. Lovely photos of your garden - I love the sunlight on the autumn leaves. And the rudbeckia is gorgeous. I have some Japanese anemones still blooming, but my sunflowers are the real highlights at the moment. I planted some of them quite late so they are still looking lovely.

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  14. What a lovely garden you have Sarah - the drift of rudbeckia is beautiful. It is raining here at the moment and the garden is looking rather dreary and flattened by the wind.

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  15. Beautiful and inspirational photos as always. It must be time to visit the gardens at Abbotsbury.... Not today though as it's going to pour! - perfect day to snuggle up inside with a good book and some company.

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    1. We were out that way this morning and it was cold and foggy. We have a season ticket to Abbotsbury gardens so we visit there at least once a month. They are illuminating the plants for some evening visits for around a week so watch this space!
      Sarah x

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  16. What a wonderful garden you have and just look at those apples! It's wonderful to garden for all the seasons. x

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  17. Your garden is lovely with its fall colours! It is such a great time of the year. The roasted plum jam sounds wonderful - thanks for the link to the recipe.

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  18. Just gorgeous Sarah. Your garden has lovely color. Love the apples. Your tree has produce so many. There is nothing better than a home grown tomato and a home grown apple. We have an apple farm that we go to every year and the taste and smell from a just picked apple is a wonderful treat. Have a wonderful Sunday
    Blessings.

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  19. Sarah your garden looks wonderful, the rudbeckia is just beautiful and I think I may have to get some for my garden. Your apple harvest looks very successful, I only have three apples left on my little tree.

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  20. Thank you Sarah... I am so happy my art makes you smile.. Your visits are always welcome.
    fondly,
    Penny

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  21. I like the sound of the roasted plum jam. Your garden is looking pretty and love the look of your new header.

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  22. There's so much colour in your garden, it's beautiful.

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  23. You have the most beautiful garden. I love Twinkle sneaking in to you apple shot. Enjoy your week!

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  24. Dear Sarah,
    I looked up the name you sent me on the creeper ... and you are correct. It is the name you called it.. I am so happy now I know what it is. Thank you so much. Its a lovely creeper.
    Have an excellent Monday.
    xxx val

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  25. What an abundance of homegrown apples, Sarah. I don't have a garden, so nothing much to contribute here :)

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  26. Your garden looks lovely.. such gorgeous autumnal colour, wonderful. I wonder what Twinkle had spotted...
    Julie

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  27. Beautiful pictures once again and thank you for that link, it certainly is going to give me something to read tonight. If I left a basket of apples on the floor Alfie would help himself thinking they were balls to play with! xxx

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  28. Beautiful garden photos, everything is bursting with autumn colors, and the bounty of apples i suspect apple pie or cakes in the making.

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  29. Thanks so much for sharing the beauty of autumn around you with us, and the link to a new recipe and perhaps a new blogging friend as well, Sarah :)
    Gracie xx

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  30. Your garden looks divine Sarah, love all the colours. I'm just about to start making my chutneys for Christmas and, like you seem to spend a lot of time in my kitchen at this time of year. Have a great week.
    Patricia x

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  31. What wonderful colours you have in your garden, it all looks so nice.

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  32. Your photos and your garden are fabulous Sarah!And also the photos in the entering of your site, I love them, they feel of you and of this season.Wish you a wonderful day, here is finally raining dogs and cats!

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  33. Beautiful colours, Sarah, we are so lucky to have seasons... I am off to find the Jam recipe, thanks for sharing
    Thea x

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  34. Gorgeous pics! Loving all the fall colours in your garden.

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