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Autumn colour

Autumn comes in dribs and drabs at Rose Orchard Haus. We get more colour from the patch of late flowering gladiolus than from the trees.    Because of all the wet weather the dahlias have been fabulous this year. The tree dahlia always delivers the last dahlia burst.   When it flowers it’s a signal to expect big frosts soon - which will turn the whole plant black.  I will enjoy it for its few days of delight    What brings Autumn colour to your garden?
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Humble Royals

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Christmas decorations

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