A Northumberland Alpine Gardener's Diary
This entry: 14 October 2009 by John Richards
Northumberland Diary. Entry 128.
We are off to Crete for a week tomorrow, hoping that we are not too early to see some autumn bulbs. In recent years we have concentrated on the Peloponnesos at this time of year, but Crete is also well supplied with late treasures, which are perhaps not as well known as those from the Mani. Nick Turland and John Fielding's excellent book 'Flowers of Crete' gives a good indication of what to expect, and also that we may be a week or two early, as we would expect to be, going by the timetable on the mainland. Unfortunately, flights to Crete from Newcastle (and almost everywhere else) stop on October 22nd, so what can one do? In this sense, the mainland (Athens being a capital city) is better supplied.
This caused me to clear the memory on my camera, and downloading the photographs I have taken in our garden in the last few days caused me to think that I might just post a short photomontage. As stated in my last entry, this is not only a very early autumn, it is already a very beautiful one. This is almost the loveliest time of year. He (or she) that does not plant a garden with the autumn in mind, and does not have the eyes to see the splendour when it arrives, is truly missing out.
Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' Group
Acer palmatum and Prunus serrula
Acer palmatum, Betula utilis jacquemontii and Sorbus fruticosa
Acer capillipes and Fothergilla major.
No doubt the best of it will be gone when we return. Sic transit gloria mundi as they say, or 'she's often ill in the back of the van after a good weekend'.
To finish with, here are crocuses flowering in the alpine house, followed by close-ups of Crocus goulimyi and C. goulimyi 'Mani White'.