Autumn gathers pace in October, with its fiery hues flooding through the landscape to rival the beauty of a glowing sunset. As nature puts on its coat of many colours for the onset of cooler days, this month’s issue revels in the unrivalled spectrum of the season.
The trees in a tiered garden create rainbow-like terraces of flowing lines above the River Tay in Perthshire, and the nerine is the flower of choice for brightening up borders, with its frilly petals of vibrant pink. Also adding surprising colour among the russets and golds are lilac asters, their showy heads ideal for floral arrangements.
The leafy carpet of yellow and bronze on the woodland floor is a treasure trove for children who can turn them into simple decorations, and among the branches, the humble spider spins its own artwork in hanging webs glistening with early morning dew. The beauty of the vegetable patch is brought to life by an artist who creates bold paintings in earthy tones sourced from the land in which they grew.
On a grander scale, the magnificent abbey ruins and the baronial home of a lauded poet are waiting to be discovered at Melrose in the Borders, together with a mysterious natural sanctuary riven deep into the rock of an ancient forest.
A walk in the countryside is made more enjoyable with the happy and loyal Cocker spaniel as a companion, bounding through the fields as its working roots come to the fore. Finally, as thoughts turn to home, a variety of bakes with the crunch of walnut fill the kitchen with their sweet aroma, and hearty family meals are waiting, prepared in one simple pot.
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