The Dingle Garden in October

October to my mind is the first month of the Autumn, whatever the metereological office says about September taking that role. We shall see what aspects of this new season we  found and experienced when we took our October wander around the sloping woodland gardens of The Dingle near Welshpool.

The light was beautiful as we started  to wander around the garden and it was the sort of light that lit up the colours of the foliage, emphasising that autumn had certainly arrived.


It certainly wasn’t just autumn foliage that was there to fascinate us, flowering perennials and shrubs were performing well too.


Several members of the Eunymus family both deciduous and evergreen grow happily in the woodland garden. They display such unusual berries usually orange with pink highlights.


The leaves of this fern reflected the shape of the Rhus foliage, a special variety with lovely cut leaves, Rhus typhina lancianata.


Fallen foliage beneath our feet looked like a Persian rug of many colours.

Autumn is also the season for fungi!

So there we have our look at The Dingle gardens for October, a colourful time of the year. Next month perhaps many leaves will be down leaving trees as skeletons.

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Return to Wildgoose Nurseries and Garden

We returned in early October to a nearby garden and nursery set in a walled garden, Wildgoose Nursery and Garden run by Jack and Laura Wildgoose. This young couple took over the running and renovation of the walled garden in 2011 and we are amazed at each visit to see how far they have come.

The garden looks especially good in late summer and into the autumn, displaying many ornamental grasses and late-flowering hardy perennials. The light was goodon our last visit so the garden looked extra special.


As the above photos show the garden is situated in a sloping walled garden and along one wall is a very unusual curved glasshouse which has been beautifully restored and visitors can go inside to appreciate its special beauty.


The garden itself is based on brilliant planting using new perennial style material with meandering gravel paths throughout giving close views of most of the plants. Long vistas allowed us to appreciate the way shapes, structures and colours of the plants are so well thought out. Jack and Laura, the owners, have such a good eye for special plants plus the ability to arrange them beautifully. I thought that a gallery of my photos would give the clearest impression of this very special garden. It is difficult to imagine that the couple only took on the restoration of the walled garden and the creation of the new garden and nursery in 2011. Such determination and strength of character!




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Sorbus at Ness Botanic Gardens

As mentioned in my post about Ness Botanic Gardens themselves we were using the visit to study their many different Sorbus trees, to help us choose one for our garden. Here is a selection of those we found and liked. At the end of the post we shall share with you our shortlist drawn up during our visit.

The first cultivar which featured strongly in the carpark planting and around the garden was unusurpisingly Sorbus “Ness Pink”, a beautiful fastigiate structured tree with blue foliage and pale pink flowers. A stunning selection which immediately went onto our short list.

Next up was another neat tree with finely cut foliage and crisp yellow-orange berries, which was not labelled but later we found another that we thought was the same – Sorbus “Wisley Gold”. Another for the list!

Next ones we found in the pinetum were these deep pinkish berried trees, the one on the left is S. “Leonard Messell” and the other S.”Eastern Promise”.

We carried on in the woodland alongside the pinetum to find S. “Jospeph Rock” and S. coxii. We already have Joseph Rock growing at home and is a real favourite but we were not aware of coxii. It had the most beautiful glaucous foliage, but researching it is hard work as no-one seems to know much about it.

The pair that I photographed next were on the left S. discolor and on the right S. “Autumn Spire” which we already grow in our Avocet patch. Is a narrow upright tree with bright orang fruit looking fiery with red autumn colour.

Below are the next two Sorbus we came across and liked enough to photograph were sadly unlabelled. No help to us in seeking a selection for our garden. Good looking trees too!

We then were disappointed to find this pale yellow almost lemon berried tree had no label either. The one on the right is S. “Carmesina” a deep pink fruiting tree with pale glaucous foliage.


Two pink berried cultivars are featured next, the first with the palest pink possible, S.bulleyana, the second S. discolores with a deep blush to their pale pink.


At the end of the pinetum we came across a perfectly shaped rowan dripping with orange-yellow berries, Sorbus aucuparia “Dickeana”, a special specimen indeed.

We were delighted to discover on a grassed area on our return route to the centre among Betulas, a few more beautiful Sorbus, the red-leaved S. “Dodong Olympic Flame” and the more gentle S. Chinese Lace.

And to finish off a return to the magnificent Sorbus “Pink Ness”.

So what were the varieties that made it onto our short list? Here as promised is our selection from which we must seek out and purchase just one.

You may have guessed that Pink Ness is there, plus Chinese Lace,  Dodong Olympic Flame and Wisley Gold. Great selection – hope you agree.


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Ness Botanic Gardens

We meet regularly with a group we went to teacher training college with back in 1969 to 1972, for a get together. We often meet up at a garden for morning coffee and lunch, with time to explore in between.

In early October we met up at Ness Botanic Gardens run by Liverpool University. Jude and I had visited several times over the years, so looked forward to reaquainting ourselves with this wonderful garden.

We hoped to get a good show of bark, foliage and berries from their many Acers, Betulas and Sorbus. We were particularly keen on looking at the Sorbus as we are currently seleceting a new one for our Avocet garden. We love so many and hoped this visit would help us choose.

Leaving the visitors centre we could see the strong sharp shadows emanating from trees and lying across the grass. Through these trees we were afforded long views across the lower gardens.


Beds to show the main plant families were cut into the grass and we enjoyed these before following a gravel path down the slope that took us to the wonderfully colourful late perennial borders.


The herbaceous perennial borders shone with grasses and Asters, growing below shrubs and trees displaying signs of autumn, coloured foliage, fruit and berries.



After enjoying these mixed borders we returned to the far side of the garden to explore.

We made our way back to the centre for lunch and then Jude and I carried on touring the garden in search of Sorbus varieties, while the rest of the group made their ways home.

In my next post I shall share the Sorbus discoveries with you.



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The Dingle Garden in August

As we reached the last few days of August we found time to travel down to Welshpool, drive through the town and out the other side towards the hills of mid-Wales. Since our visit last month we have had rain so we hoped for signs of fresh growth and blooming. We also expected to see odd signs of an early autumn, leaves colouring up and berries glowing yellows, oranges and reds. As I am so late sending this post out and really the Spetember visit report is due I shall just do a photograph selection to give an idea of what the garden was like in August.

Follow the gallery as usual by clicking on the first photo then navigating using the arrows.





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My Garden Journal 2018 – September

Autumn is officially here according to the Met Office, once September arrives but I like to let the weather tell its own story. There is often plenty of summer left for us. This is going to be a busy season and probably Winter too as we have a few projects on the go which are growing by the day as we keep coming up with new and sometimes alternative ideas.

On my first page for September, I wrote, “The mixed weather of alternating sun and showers continued into September, ignoring the metereologists declaration that autumn arrives on the first of this month. It is actually still Summer!

Late summer is when fruit picking begins, and this year we have plentiful heavy crops of all tree fruits.”

“Pears, apples and plums”


Over the page I continue to look at the fruit coming to ripeness in our patch, and I wrote, “Day by day, there is more fruit to pick, and more for Autumn/Winter colour and to feed our wildlife.”

Quince “Vranja”, Vitis “Black Hamburg”, Blackberry “Oregon Thornless” and Apple “Red Falstaff”.

Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose) Viburnum opulus “Xanthocarpus”

On the opposite page I look at how plants have responded to this year’s unusual weather.

“This has been such a difficult world of weather this year, with a cold winter complete with icy winds, a wet spring followed by hot dry weather. Plants have responded by doing unexpected things. Several of our Hostas are now flowering for a second time.”

Hosta “Aphrodite”. Beautiful white scented flowers above fresh bright green foliage shaped like hearts.

Hosta “Purple Heart” with rich green pleated foliage, heart-shaped and a perfect foil for the brightest of purple flowers.

On the next few pages I looked at a new project we are developing in our back garden.

“We love a garden project and we have three planned for this autumn and winter. Because our three huge Phormiums in our foliage bed all succombed to white rot we decided to strip the bed out completely and start again. We hope to change the look of this patch and give it a fresh atmosphere. We decided on a gentle prairie look as used by Piet Oudolf at his wonderful gardens beside the Hauser and Wirth Gallery. We have selected varieties of low growing delicate grasses with an emphasis on Carex varieties. We enjoyed a plant selecting and buying day at our favourite nursery, The Derwen near Welshpool.”

“Low growing grasses and pale pinks and purples of airy gentle perennials filled the car boot.”

I finished September entries into my Garden journal with a page of photos of some of the new plants ready to go into the ground.



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Simply Beautiful – 24

Back with another post in my occasional series of posts looking at things that are “simply beautiful”, and in this one we are looking at some sweetpea flowers still showing colour in mid-September.

The first two pics are of Sweetpea Cupani, the first ever sweetpea to be in cultivation.

The following pics are of two of our perennial sweetpeas.

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