‘High Hopes’ is a climbing rose in my garden. Not sure this should be flowering in November, but I am enjoying the memory of the summer garden and a rare glimpse of the sun!


Climbing Rose 'High Hopes.

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” James Matthew Barrie

The garden has still got plenty of colour even though it’s the first day of October! These hardy fuchsias will flower until the first frosts. Such a worthwhile addition to any garden, they flower their hearts out all summer long with no attention whatsoever.

Hardy Fuchsia

When we visited Pencarrow house in Cornwall earlier this year, we were told the story of how an 19th century owner, Sir William Molesworth, bought the first specimen of Araucaria araucana, and planted it in a solemn ceremony before a house party. Upon touching its prickly leaves, the noted barrister Charles Austin remarked “It would be a puzzle for a monkey”. His remark has given the tree its common name of Monkey Puzzle.

This is a macro of the end of one of the branches of a young Monkey Puzzle tree in a local park.

Monkey Puzzle tree, Araucaria araucana

I find the autumn fruiting raspberries are much tastier than the summer ones. They fruit on canes they grow that year, rather than the previous season’s canes, as with the summer raspberries. Simply cut all the canes down to the ground in February and new canes will form and fruit the same year.

Autumn raspberries

Conkers are the seed of the Horse Chestnut tree and it is a very British tradition for children to play the game of conkers in the school playground.  Leaving conkers in the house is supposed to repel spiders, but can’t say this works entirely for me!

Conker from the Horse Chestnut tree

If you are looking for conker pictures, the following picture is available for immediate license on Picfair