The unexpectedly warm Autumn weather continues, a few days dry with a decent amount of sunshine, other days showery with the occasional sunny interval. The effect in the garden, like in the Park and on the mountain, has been colourful and in some ways unusual.
Heavy showers followed by sunshine always make colours in the natural world more intense. There are simple laws of physics and meteorology to explain this. And so it has seemed recently, with Autumn colours more vivid than usual. Because plants in the garden tend to be exotic rather than native species and chosen for their flamboyance, Autumn colours have been even more vivid there than on the mountain. Not quite as spectacular as the Westonbirt Acer Glade but small pockets of exotic colour nonetheless.
But the unusually warm weather has also meant that plants have been a bit confused. Some are still in flower, some coming into flower again after a very indifferent summer, others flowering for the first time. It is unusual at this stage in Autumn to have such a variety of flowers in the garden.