I decided to tidy the garden up ready for winter. All the old veg plants had to be removed and composted, a few plants needed clipping back, etc.
I started work by looking at the herbs and clipping them back. I grow all my veg and herbs in planters for ease, I noticed a problem with some of the plants, they appeared to have already been clipped right down to the ground. This got me looking for a culprit, it certainly wasn't disease. It was then I remembered my next door neighbor telling me how during the summer his veg had been partially eaten by a couple of rabbits that after feasting themselves stupid had been sunbathing on his lawn and decking. Apparently they are living in a garden further up the road. These are wild brown rabbits by the way.
My garden fences are sealed to the ground due to my dogs, so I began looking for a breech in the defenses. I finally found a tunnel under the fence behind a huge bamboo I have in the garden, of all the places, I would have to crawl in to sort it out. I decided that was not the time as it was damp, wet, cold and miserable. It can wait.
So, last night I let the dogs out and there was an almighty row from the garden where the dogs can't get too. I quickly put the outside light on and there they were, two huge fat rabbits running along the fence line heading for their tunnel. I.D. Confirmed.
Now I have to think of how to prevent them from getting into my garden next year. I don't want to kill them, but maybe a relocation could be in order. I am going to talk to the people at Rainton Meadows Nature reserve and see what they suggest, they may even allow relocation to their land.
Although having said all that, rabbit pie does sound quite nice.
Here is another from my trip to RHS Harlow Carr. As I explained in a previous upload it had begun to rain so I sheltered in a wonderful glasshouse full of tiny Alpines which were in flower, this is one of those Alpines.
The beds were raised and beautifully kept as you would expect, but the height of the bed was very welcome as it made it so much easier to support myself whilst shooting.
All the shots in the glasshouse were taken handheld as it was hard work to try and get the camera close enough to the beds whilst attached to the tripod.
I hope you like this one. Thanks for looking and for any comments.
Close-up and macro
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