the woods are getting quite threadbare now .. soon there won’t be any leaves at all and it will all be grim and dark.

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I have to console myself  with amaryllis – I have a series of them …. the first is in flower, cream petals brushed with hot amaryllis orange. the trick is to leave them outside after they have finished, then about 4 weeks before you want them to flower, bring them into the warm and feed them like mad.

the bracken has beautiful colours just before it rots down; an almost indescribable intense soft russet, with dark russet stalks.

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and my golden dog is rather perfect in the russet foreground, balancing out the warm sunlit background behind the silver birch.

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winter here we come.

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