As the end of the season, or what we think of as the end, approaches I will not be alone in assessing the relative successes and failures of the garden as the long haul of spring and summer tail off and autumn approaches ever more closely with the freshening of the breeze and the cooling of the nights. This end of month view is, once again, an excellent medium for doing this, whether it be a public or private assessment and I am grateful to Helen, the Patient Gardener, for hosting this opportunity. I may throw in the odd comparison along with the photos, but today the thoughts will be kept mainly to myself, to digest and cogitate on before coming up with potential solutions to improve any shortfalls next year. To orientate yourself with where the pictures fit into the garden don’t forget there is a plan to look at under The Garden tab, and do follow the link to Helen’s blog too to see more gardens at the end of September.
From the back of the house the paved area still looks busy and leafy, but the large pots with viburnum and cornus, planted up after envying other bloggers’ plants last winter are beginning to put on their warmer coats. The big round pot has a second flush of ‘Munstead Wood’ roses, and there is still a flurry of blooms on the ‘Danse de Feu’ on the pergola on the right. The magnolia is still in full leaf as is the hazel beyond the sitooterie. the second pictures shows little change, with the streamside area waiting for a another streamside overhaul, but there is a splash of lilac from some very beautiful Colchicum ‘Water Lily’ right in the middle of the photo – see tomorrow’s post for a close up!
The woodland changes little over the summer months so instead there is a picture of the progress of the Great Plum Tree Lop. The plum trees are in the hedge at the end of the woodland behind the sitooterie and the first picture shows the successful lopping carried out over the weekend, whilst the second shows just what a challenge the remaining plum trees are, soaring rather higher than one might comfortably choose to tackle…
The main herbaceous borders are a bit spotty and dotty, but existing plants are filling out and even without additions should be looking better next year but nevertheless will still lack cohesion, I suspect. The hostas in pots in the foreground, quite newly grouped, are clearly beginning to change colour:
The clematis colonnade with its underplanted geraniums has the makings of a successful feature, but like the adjacent borders has been undergoing a settling in period this year. The ‘Spirit of the Garden’ artwork on the back fence injects colour into what will be an increasingly green and brown garden over the coming months:
The woodland edge border has been a huge success story this year, from the hellebores and snowdrops of early spring to the rhododendrons and persicaria and other foliage at other times. Best of all, it requires virtually no maintenance. This time, there are views from both directions, looking towards and away from the hot border end:
The left hand hot border has been reasonably successful, with some continuity of colour, but the right hand border, currently with a large gap where the lysimachia has been removed, not so, requiring an injection of taller and longer flowering additions to reach any degree of success. Definitely an area that needs targetting!
The blue & white borders have both observed and survived the building of the adjacent wall and the subsequent inclusion of a new home for the recycled blue bowl, and have acquitted themselves reasonably well, but there is of course room for improvement!
Finally, the rose garden, where it is always difficult to find an angle to photograph it at its best, it’s best being a ‘Satisfactory’ this year. The growth of the underplanted lavender has really surprised me, as they started as very tiny plug plants barely a year ago, whereas the roses are no doubt grateful for a complete season without being moved.
Today’s ramble and other recent rambles have certainly given me food for thought, but on the whole there is much to be satisfied about, given that the whole back end of the garden underwent a complete overhaul last year. The platform of blogging has not only given me a ready means of recording the progress, but has brought friendly comments and advice from you lot out there which has both assisted my progress and encouraged me in my endeavours – thank you!