As part of my harvest thanksgiving I visited RHS Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate, North Yorkshire on 14 October.
Harlow Carr's Grow Your Own Autumn Festival, supported by Mr Fothergill's, is packed with advice, demonstrations, displays, walks, talks and information on what to do in your garden in the autumn - no matter how large or small your plot.
For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light.
For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind’s delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight.
For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
For each perfect gift of Thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of Heaven.
Later that day I entertained my mother to dinner at the Premier Inn in celebration of her 92nd birthday.