Autumn colour at The Weir Garden
Embrace the seasonal changes as the summer comes to an end and the bright, crisp autumn days begin.
After a long summer the garden begins to prepare for the autumn. First to change are the leaves on the trees, a special time of the year when vibrant red, orange and brown displays please visitors from all walks of life before dropping to the ground.
Sand Martins who reside along the river prepare for their arduous journey abroad and autumn migratory birds begin making an appearance; Fieldfare and Redwing can be spotted around the garden from September onwards and migratory water fowl such as geese and swans begin to arrive. If you're lucky, you may spot a resting Little Egret upon the riverside bank opposite the garden, their brilliant white plumage makes them difficult to miss.
Our Boathouse Otters will stay local; Otters have a double layer coat meaning they keep warm throughout the autumn and winter.
Inside the walled garden, the gardeners have been busy clearing the glasshouse for the harvested pumpkins and squash and the last of the onions are strung up to dry. The Dahlias and Cannas are also lifted from the flower beds into the glasshouse where they will be kept warm and dormant throughout the winter months.
The garden highlights throughout the autumn months include the greatly overlooked native Spindle Tree which throughout the season gives off an impressive display of fiery red leaves and popcorn-like pink fruit. Teasels also dot throughout the riverside garden with their iconic spiky flower heads which will dry and last all winter outdoors; these are a favourite of the Goldcrest which feed on their seeds. The row of Manna Ash trees give great autumn colour and make a great rustle in the wind and not forgetting the autumn flowering Cyclamen with their lovely pink flowers adding some much needed colour late in the year.
The garden will be laden with produce ready to be sold; leeks, squashes, pumpkins and carrots will all be harvested and sold to visitors. Although the longer days are drawing to an end and the weather is milder, the garden is still very much alive and vibrant; simply enjoying life at a slower pace.