Tysoe Walled Kitchen Garden

Welcome to the Tysoe Walled Kitchen Garden website! We are committed to organic gardening. Using the best practices from the Victorian days (i.e. lots of horse manure) and knowledge gleaned from the Ryton Organic Gardens we have set out to tame our Warwickshire clay. It’s all about sustainability, so as well as organic gardening, we’re always looking to better ways to work with our environment.

On this site you can find out about our history and the projects we are working on. You can come visit the garden and learn about organic gardening. Follow our blog to see what’s on our mind in the garden this month.

For the first 8 years all the work was carried out by just the two of us. Now we have help and are passing on our knowledge to students on the WRAGS (Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme).

We also find time to be involved with the WOT2Grow Community Orchard in Tysoe and have planted a 3 acre wood close to Tysoe, just over the border in Oxfordshire with a grant from the Woodland Trust.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

October colour

Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year, especially October because of the wonderful autumn colours on the trees and shrubs.

With the extreme heat this summer, plants in the garden were flowering, fruiting, dying back and some repeat flowering. They were confused and with some leaves browning and falling before they had changed colour, I wondered if we would get the normal October display.

However, nature has come up trumps as usual and the wonderful, yellows, reds, oranges and all shades of green and brown are to be seen in gardens, woods, hedgerows and field margins across the country.

In our garden here are a few of the lovely colours, some from berries, but mostly the leaf colour, blueberries are so intense, a delight to gaze upon.

Blueberry leaves take on wonderful colours before they eventually drop. We have to grow them in pots as they require acidic soil. Our soil is alkaline so the blueberries are in ericaceous compost.

Lots of ornamental grasses change colours in the autumn, this one I leave all winter even when the colours fade and it turns brown. It is then cut to the ground in early spring when the new growth starts to emerge.

Peony leaves turn a lovely colour at this time of year, I leave them on until new shoots appear next year.
Pyracanths' berries, red, yellow and orange provide colour in the garden and food for the birds in autumn.
                                                       Berberis has berries in autumn too.

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