The autumn plant honest at Dixter simply will get higher and higher – and going there on a day of cloudless blue skies and heat solar made it significantly wonderful. This 12 months there have been thirty-two stands together with a number of specialist nurseries from Europe in addition to the cream of the UK crop. For as soon as I used to be very restrained about what I purchased for the backyard – a month’s absence concentrated my thoughts on shopping for just a few issues that I knew I may (and did) get planted – some younger Orlaya crops that I’ve tucked into the borders and two Aster Betel Nut – tall with vibrantly pink flowers that at the moment are including a contact of oomph amongst the grasses. The one different plant I purchased was a gift for a pal – Magnolia ‘Kay Parrish’. Her twenty 12 months previous magnolia grandiflora has by no means flowered, whereas this 1.5metre tall shrub already had a flower bud. ‘Kay Parrish’ is famend for rising right into a compact and well-shaped tree that flowers from its earliest years. Fergus Garrett and his staff have put collectively an occasion that rivals Courson outdoors Paris. The crops are fine quality, the meals was scrumptious and the backyard itself was in its full autumn splendour. A beautiful, pretty time out.