Plant of the Month
Rose Hips and Crab Apples
The rich red hips of Rosa Tuscany Superb and vivid red and yellow crab apples herald the arrival of Autumn.
Thalictrum Elin, pictured below, was first to turn colour alongside the early berries of Rosa Rubrifolia. It is one of my favourite times of the year, although there is an underlying sadness of darker nights and Winter cold ahead.
As a gardener it is time for me to start planning for next year and I will be sowing broad beans soon and planting tulips. Shallots are already ordered for Spring planting and I have yet to harvest my apples, pears and quince to store, cook and freeze. There is nothing like enjoying the luxury of home-grown fruit in the depths of Winter.
Artisans Corner News
I have two new prints in the shop this month. Above is my pen and ink painting of Aberaeron Harbour in West Wales. It is such a pretty seaside town with its bright, colour-washed harbourside houses. It is one of my favourite places to visit and stroll along by the water enjoying a locally made honey ice-cream.
Cosmeston Country Park is nearer home and Autumn is arriving there too. I started this painting a few years ago but never finished it. Now I have revisited it and decided to add the curious swans who came over, posssibly hoping for some food while I was making the initial sketch. I am better pleased with it now.
Both pictures are available as large and small mounted prints and the originals can also be purchased, price on request.