September Return

September is a favourite month; in fact I'd rank it in my top twelve. The light is sharp and low and the gardens look pretty good with much still in flower.  But there is a chill in the air that promises change. It will soon be time for regular bonfires and leaf raking; time for … Continue reading September Return

The Beech Hedging

Much of the west lawn is surrounded by an old, high beech hedge.  Whoever planted it should really have planted hornbeam* as, like beech, a clipped hornbeam hedge holds its leaves over winter (this is called marcescense, which is a fine word by any standard) - though the dead leaves are muddier in colour than … Continue reading The Beech Hedging