Although I gently pruned some of the roses in the rose garden whilst trimming the lavender at their feet and noticed there were still several buds on ‘Blush Noisette’ it was still a surprise when I walked through today to see this truss of blushing prettiness – isn’t she gorgeous? She has three sisters on the fences surrounding the rose garden and being new residents they are only just starting to establish – when they are smothering the fences in a year or two or three they will be an absolute delight.
There has been a mixture of blue skies, sunshine and several hints of a shower today, all accompanied by what is more than a stiff breeze but isn’t yet quite a gusty wind – we may catch the anticipated gales as they move northwards and then out towards the North Sea so it could be a blustery night. The number of leaves on the ground has been increasing slowly but surely on a daily basis, but will no doubt do so exponentially as the evening and night wears on – if we had any hatches to batten down we would be advised to do so! It has been interesting to note the changes as this week’s breezes have begun to make inroads in the foliage, both drying and defoliating – the witch hazels I showed on GBFD on Tuesday look very different now, with Arnold Promise now completely stripped, a few token yellow leaves remaining on Zuccariniana and the foliage of Orange Peel transformed into …well, not quite orange peel, but very orangey nonetheless and I suspect he will be rivaling Hamamelis ‘Harry’ for my affections in a year or two.