Decline and Fall

I neglected to mention yesterday that we woke to see steam rising from the hedge across the lane, as the weak sunshine strived to dry off the overnight moisture on the leaves and the frost from the grass. Like many other gardeners (except those further north who have already had this experience) this was our first frost of the season and the number of blooms we can muster up for this monthly Garden Bloggers’ Blooms Day will now decline rapidly, and the foliage for our Foliage Day will soon be falling too.

I don’t think of myself as having a lot of roses, bit when I came to search for today’s blooms it was roses that predominated – almost all except Rosa ‘Zépherine Drouhin’.

Pink Perpetue

Danse du Feu

Rural England

In the hot border, Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ is doing well, and as this is the first dahlia I have had for a long time I must remember to mulch it before winter. Gaillardia aristata ‘Kobold’ is still sizzling too.






I have no complaints about this Japanese anemone (probably ‘Honorine Jobert’) – it may be thuggish in the wrong place, but here it is absolutely stunning and I think it knows it. It’s taller than me, so we can really look each other in the eye! I never complain about any of my geraniums either, which are always doing something exciting, whether flowering or changing the colour of their leaves, and ‘Sweet Heidi’ is still doing the former.





I have been struggling to edit photos in WordPress over the last couple of days (AND my text has been jumping around – apologies), so have resorted to learning how to do it on my camera itself, with a little success, so I have learned from something from the experience, but I shall be seeking WordPress support to see if it is a general problem that will right itself in good time. I haven’t posted all my pictures because of this, and shall finish with the long-flowering Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ and thanks to May Dreams for hosting this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

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8 Responses to Decline and Fall

  1. croftgarden says:

    Lovely roses I can almost smell the perfume – there is nothing like a late rose to conjure memories of summer.
    I don’t use WordPress to edit my photographs it is too contrary. There is a free programme called Picture Resize which you can use to resize your photos either individually or in batches.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chris – and I had other roses to show too but couldn’t face the palava of trying to load the pictures. My text kept disappearing too, and logging in tonight the last 7 days of posts seem to have disappeared too, plus all the side bar stuff!! The posts are still shown to exist when I look on the dashboard, but I shall have to see how to get them back. I’ll check out the Picture Resize programme too – the editing has occasionally stalled before, but not for as long as this. Mind you, I struggled to get into my emails today so perhaps it isn’t just a WordPress issue. Frustrating though.

      • croftgarden says:

        As there is mischief abou you’d best make an offering to the wee folk who live in your computer .
        WordPress has it’s limitations and I’ve noted that the editing is a bit wayward recently. I think you can restore lost posts from “trash”.

        • Cathy says:

          It was definitely a prolonged ‘grrrr’ episode yesterday! The posts seem to have returned, depending on how I am viewing my blog, but when I edited a typo this morning it updated with chnages to some of the pictures too…grr. I haven’t yet tried importing today, but I shall certainly look into editing before I upload in future. I have recently installed ‘Picasa’ on my laptop after finding out by accident about the ‘collage’ ability on our old computer where it is already installed, so I shall investigate that further as well as Picture Resize. Thanks for reminding me to use my spiritual tools in the house as well as in the garden!

  2. paulinemulligan says:

    Lovely flowers, we must make the most of the ones we still have. No frost here yet, but a friend 3 miles away woke to a garden completely white the other morning. I can almost smell the perfume of your roses, they are gorgeous!

    • Cathy says:

      Gosh – that’s really localised! Mind you, I don’t think it was as evident in our garden as across the road, which is more open – there are advantages to the trees and hedges we have been pruning! Unfortunately the smell of the roses doesn’t seem to carry quite the way it does in the warmth of the earlier months.

  3. Anna says:

    I enjoyed seeing your October blooms Cathy. Your ‘Sweet Heidi’ looks very similar to my ‘Buxton’s Blue’ which is also still sporting the odd flower. A beautiful hydrangea.
    PS If you have not come across ‘PicMonkey’ it’s great for producing collages and I’ve found it easier to use than ‘Picasa’ 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      I’ll have a look at PicMonkey too – I must admit Picas always looks a bit daunting, which is probably why I Hadn’t investigated its potential. I certainly like the idea of sizing the pictures myself rather than being restricted and frustrated by the inbuilt editing on WordPress – it’s all part of the learning curve.

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