‘Now the leaves are falling fast’: Dawyck, late autumn

Listed as one of the ten best places in Scotland for autumn colour, Dawyck (it rhymes with oik), near Peebles, is one of Scotland's three regional Botanical Gardens and lies down quaint, quiet lanes with the grand hills of Tweeddale looming mysteriously beyond. A light dusting of snow had fallen on the hills, and I…

Pick of time: dahlhias rescued from the frost

It was already dark on Friday night when I remembered that I'd better pick my last five  'Café-au-Lait' dahlias before an overnight frost got to them. The very next morning, the leaves on the plants had blackened and wilted. This afternoon I will cut back my dahlias and throw the stems and leaves onto the…