We are just at the end of our yearly autumn bulb planting and this week a team of us have been planting Narcissus 'Rosemoor Gold' AGM on a grass bank near to the lake.
We love this daffodil, not just because of its name, but because of its vigour and rich golden yellow flowers. It flowers in late April when many others have finished and, to add to its attraction, it has a powerful sweet scent. We are planting drifts close to the path so that our visitors can catch the scent on the breeze.
Whilst taking a break to give my knees a rest, I couldn’t help admiring the developing autumn colour down by the lake, enhanced by the reflection in the water and the contrast in the colours of the leaves with the white barked birch.
The liquidambars (also known as sweet gums) are the stars of the show and they never fail to produce dramatic leaf colours in fiery reds and oranges. What's more, unlike some other plants known for their autumn colour, the trees hold onto their leaves late into autumn.
I love this time of year. The garden seems to be at peace as the plants prepare themselves for the winter months ahead, that is, if it arrives, which I am sure it will!
RHS advice on growing daffodils
See cultivation notes and supplier details for Liquidambar