October - autumn colours and Scottish Tree Festival
There are now wonderful vivid autumn colours in the garden. The Japanese maples, Enkianthus, azaleas..
more
2018 seed list and Organised tours

 2018 SEED LISTThe 2018 seed list will be available in November. Please email wmattingley@b..
more
Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden
As it is now autumn, the squirrels are very active throughout the day. They are fed around 0900 with..
more

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October - autumn colours and Scottish Tree Festival

There are now wonderful vivid autumn colours in the garden. The Japanese maples, Enkianthus, azaleas and birches are all either highly coloured already or will develop beautiful hues over much of October.

There are also plenty of colourful berries on the rowans and cotoneasters. Many varieties of cones are throughout the garden but you need to make sure to look up at all possible times in a mature woodland garden like Cluny especially in autumn.

Early in the month there are still a few flowering plants. Included in these are delicate pink and white Cyclamen, white Anemones, yellow Busy Lizzie and Chelone (or pink turtlehead).

There are lots of red squirrels this autumn, at all times very busy but especially at the walnut tree during early October.




 


2018 seed list and Organised tours


 2018 SEED LIST

The 2018 seed list will be available in November. Please email wmattingley@btinternet.com  to order a copy. To see the range of seeds (2017) we sell please go to the "Find Out More Pages".


ORGANISED TOURS

If you have the opportunity of organising a group of eight or more people (up to 20), we will happily provide a guide for free. Organised visits in the evenings can also be arranged. Larger groups of up to 30 are also welcome. We have limitations on the size of bus which can access the garden but please get in touch if want you to discuss this. We are presently taking bookings for 2018 & beyond.

 


 
 




Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden

As it is now autumn, the squirrels are very active throughout the day. They are fed around 0900 with hazelnuts, pinenuts and peanuts. Apart from at the feeders, if you go around the garden quietly, taking your time you should see the squirrels foraging on the ground or scampering off up a tree. In early October they should still be raiding the walnut tree in the garden.

There are stoats around especially around No 5 although they are more difficult to see. We do have at least one hare and once the leaves are off the trees it should become more noticeable.

There are many birds feeding either on the feeders or on the more natural food in the garden. Many woodland species are present including 4 types of tits, bullfinch, treecreeper, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, blackbirds and song thrushes. We are still waiting for the winter thrushes, redwing and fieldfare, to arrive. There is already a possible wintering blackcap around.