Plants of the Month
I love Autumn with its rich colours and berries. The Sedum Autumn Joy are turning rich pink, compatible with the dark foliage of its companion sedums and the Physocarpus but contrasting with the last of the yellow and gold roses and crocosmias
The top of the garden is the "wild garden" an area I leave alone as much as possible for the benefit of birds and small creatures. There is a bumper crop of pyracantha berries this year plus red and gold crab apples, cotoneaster and rowan berries.
Foliage is starting to colour up, the Amelanchior and thalictrums will both add drama over the month too.
It should look lovely but at present the wild wet and windy weather is in control.
The apple and pear harvest has been good this year giving me some welcome free fruit for the Winter but unseasonably bad weather has seriously affected courgettes, runner and French beans.
Artisans Corner News
Sadly a car reversed into one of our windows, smashing the glass and damaging some of the supporting brickwork. It is one of the original Victorian shop fronts but fortunately can be repaired. The good news is that no-one was hurt, including the car driver. it happened before we opened which was lucky as our desk is in that window and we would have been covered in broken glass.
Our fellow traders and the police kindly helped clear up the mess. There is always a positive side and we have been touched by the kindness and the support of our lovely fellow traders and our loyal customers.
We were amused to be referred to as "Penarth's first drive-in shop" on social media!
I have brought more "triptych" pictures into the shop. They are popular with British and foreign visitors and - thinking ahead - would make good Christmas presents too. As well as the Penarth and Barry ones I will be adding a Cardiff version later this month.