A patient wait for one of my favourite trees to berry has almost been rewarded; the first few berries are appearing and soon they will turn pink and blue, but for now the Clerodendrum trichotomum is a cloud of bright capsules and some emerging green and pink berries. In the next few weeks, it will be a riot of fuchsia and blue berries.
Rose hips are excellent this year, but in particular these huge lantern-like ones, which are abundant on the rose bushes “Rosa moyesii Geranium”.
There is more flaming red colour on the Euonymus alatus (Winged spindle) and the many red cotoneaster berries around the garden.
Other plants and trees are beginning to change and this Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is a beautiful combination of dark reds and greens at the moment.
One of our large Japanese Maples, the Acer palmatum septum lobum sanguinium, which is over 100 years old, is getting ever redder by the day and will soon resemble a huge burning bush.
Acer palmatum septumlobum sanguineum
The tree that has given me the greatest delight this last few weeks is the Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum). It‘s not a big tree and its heart-shaped leaves have changed to a gorgeous golden and pink colour. As they fall they give off the most delicious caramel fragrance. I walk past it every evening to shut my chickens in and find myself scooping up handfuls of the leaves and waiting a moment while I inhale the wonderful sweet smell.
If you would like to come and see some of our trees on a guided walk with a free lunch afterwards, James and I will be taking two tree walks on 21st and 24th October and would be delighted to see you. Please book soon as spaces are limited 01874 730 371.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.