September has been flying by at such a fast pace and the garden has been changing with the temperatures now dropping so the air has a definite chill to it.
As autumn approaches I feel myself filled with nostalgia as I always do at this time of year. The light becomes so golden and the garden begins to let go of the buzz of summer. I find this time of year the most spiritual; as the emotion in the garden is high and the light and the falling leaves always make me slow down and spend more time in contemplation of myself and my life.
This year has been so turbulent with the pandemic causing mass anxiety and fear among so many. We are all suffering from the feeling of loss; wether from losing someone or simply the loss of human contact. I personally miss the physical contact from my family and friends so much. The garden has truly been a place I have needed to spend time this year; and its calming serenity and beauty has definitely made me so grateful to have been able to spend time here. Without sounding too philosophical; this year has also made me appreciate all the good things I have in my life; my partner, my family, my friends and the garden.
Visiting the garden a few days ago gave me the opportunity to take some photos before anyone (including the gardeners) had been in to tidy it – so the leaves were everywhere and it was still so beautiful.
The Zen garden was covered and yet it still maintained its contemplative magic.
The Koi were mesmerising as they glided around in the crystal clear water – another bonus of the golden sunlight not being so intense for algae.
The sun was shining and the autumn colours are just beginning to show in places, but it will be a while yet before we get the full array of vivid shades. Im crossing my fingers that we are able to stay open until October 31st this year. With the second wave of Covid cases rising; I am not sure what is going to happen, but we are hopeful that we will be able to keep going so visitors will get to see the Autumn colours of 2020 🤞
I would like to thank everyone again for supporting us since we reopened this year. Visitors have been truly wonderful and the feedback from the garden has made all this work totally worthwhile.
Please see my photos from the garden this week below –