Pumpkins awaiting their fate – to be carved up – lit for one night and then be discarded! It is estimated that 10 million pumpkins are grown in the UK every year and 95% are used as Halloween lanterns.

Pumpkins for sale for Halloween

The tradition of using pumpkins as lanterns at Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic custom which was taken to America by European immigrants. The faces of lost souls were carved onto hollowed out pumpkins and turnips and a candle was placed inside to make a lantern, which was placed on doorsteps to ward off evil spirits.

Crocosmia (or Montbretia as it used to be called) is another plant that thrives on our heavy clay soil. It flowers for several months and the seed heads provide interest to the autumn border. I cut it back to ground level when all the leaves have died back.

Crocosmia or Montbretia

After the deluge the sun came out! Everything was weighed down from the rain, including the Rowan tree with its masses of berries which are ripening fast and it’s still only July!

Rowan tree berries

The Sorbus is also known as mountain ash as well as Rowan and in English folklore is said to have magical properties and gives protection against witches.