we went for a walk around the nature reserve. The leaves on the trees have already started to turn and it looks as if this autumn will be very colourful.
You can just catch a glimpse of the vineyards on the slopes behind this gravel-pit lake
On our way back we stopped in Schwebsange on the off-chance of being able to visit the botanical garden and were lucky enough to be given a guided tour by one of the owners.
Two varieties of Passion flowers climb up one of the outhouses in the main courtyard.
Many of the plants are container-grown which means having to move 450 or so pots indoors for the winter! The garden was pretty colourful even at this time of year but apparently is at its best in the spring.
The succulents grow in a sheltered part of the garden
Pan pipes his music of enchantment under a cedar tree
I do not know the name of this plant that produces these peculiar-looking fruits/seed cases. I only know them as parrots. If you break off a seed case, turn it upside down and perch it on the rim of a glass, it looks for all the world like a parrot taking a drink. Thannks to Manon, I now know that this plant is an Asclepias Syriaca (a member of the Milkweed family, and renowned for its medicinal properties).
These strange-looking fruit/seed cases I only know by the disrespectful name of “Pope’s balls” and first came across them when I visited Japan some years ago. They seem to be quite popular in flower arrangements now and seem to grow well in our temperate climate. I loved the combination of the vivid blue and acid green in this photo.
Plants grew everywhere and the owners had had to resort to growing pumpkins by trailing the vines through the trees and supporting the growing pumpkins in baskets as there was no more room on the ground.
A fine specimen of citrus medica
and finally a beautifully delicate yellow clematis, possibly C. tangutica