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The Turning of the Season - Nature's Bounty

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Although each season has its merits, and I look forward to them all, September is one of my favourite months for observing the turning of the season.  Being fortunate enough to live in the countryside I become aware of the gradual changes.  As yet, the leaves haven't changed colour - but the hedgerows are becoming full of wonderful things to admire and gather.
On the way back from the plot this morning, I stopped off at one or two places where I knew (or hoped) that there would be plenty of pickings.  I wasn't disappointed.
I love seeing the elder bushes dripping with fruit. The hedgerows are studded with purple berries - making foragers of us all.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. Frank Lloyd Wright


Blackberries are eminently photographable aren't they - the greens, reds and purples of the berries make a great subject. Who can resist blackberry-picking - whilst we were on holiday, early one morning,  we saw two ladies doing just that…

A Walled Garden at Wiveton

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When we go to North Norfolk for a break I love to visit the PYO farm at Wiveton - not to pick fruit - but to visit the walled garden.  It is a lovely garden with its own micro-climate with huge flint walls that shelter it from the coastal winds. 
Flowers and vegetables are intermixed in a higgledy-piggledy fashion - the veg are used in the adjoining cafe and the flowers for cutting to put on the cafe tables.  There is a little old lady who is responsible for making the arrangements for the vases - she must be 90 if she's a day - she was in the garden whilst we were there talking to the gardener who is a youngish woman.
What I like about this garden is that it is not perfect and things are allowed to seed - and flop and sprawl.

There are ancient fruit trees along the walls, laden with fruit and in the centre is the biggest Mulberry tree I have ever seen

It is obviously very old - the trunk of the tree is huge and dominates the centre of the garden.

This is the wonderful rhubarb …