Good Gardenkeeping


If the garden is an extension of the house then I am sure we can use the term ‘gardenkeeping’ in the same way we talk about housekeeping, and comparing the above picture to yesterday’s you can see that the majority of the pots have been emptied, leaving only the trailing violas for the front, some of the white pansies and the pink polyanthus. The weather was damp but mild, so an ideal day for planting things out as well as moving some ill-placed specimens.

Firstly, I planted three different thymes in the tiny sink on the paved area, which now awaits me remembering to bring slate chippings from the bottom of the garden to finish it off – I had decided to have some sort of alpines in here and these were half price so will certainly ‘do’ for the time being, if not the long term. A few pansies were planted in the lead effect troughs to accompany the remains of white verbena, and the third picture shows argyranthemum which had been in a pot but have now been replanted in a border after having seen them growing in a herbaceous border at the Botanical gardens in Edinburgh – mine were pink when I first planted them but they are definitely white now!


young.astersIn the course of planting and shifting I found the misplaced aster with no name (right) and noticed there were a few tiny (and I mean tiny) flowers on A. ‘Little Carlow’ (left) – are they really as tiny as that on a full grown plant, I wonder?

IMG_0291Whilst wielding my trowel I was mentally totting up more gardenkeeping jobs and realised I had a strong urge to grab the secateurs and start some real autumnal clearing and tidying – a late downpower and short thunderstorm prevented me from indulging in this urge today, and other commitments will keep me from it tomorrow as well. Roll on next week! Next week may also see the last of the Big Plum Tree Lop, as at the moment there are more plum branches on the ground than on the tree – well done to the Golfer!

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8 Responses to Good Gardenkeeping

  1. Liz says:

    Hi Cathy,

    This reminds me; really must plant those violas I got a few weeks ago….

    You seem to be getting your jobs done, and I’m jealous. I always try to, but the rain is just making it too difficult. My soil is heavy clay and if I walk on it when it’s drenched I compact it too much and it’s a nightmare. I aimed to get some plants chopped/cleared up this weekend… Hopefully.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Liz – I hope you had some dry spells, although you might have struggled today to find one! Shame about your heavy clay – but when you move….. 😉

  2. Pauline says:

    We had torrential rain today, so no gardening got done unfortunately. You seem to be getting through your jobs at a good rate, I will just play catch up as usual! I have sown a few packets of seeds, at least I can do that in the greenhouse when it is raining!

    • Cathy says:

      No rain yesterday till later, and it has made up for it since – my trimming will probably be postponed till later in the week, but I too have some seeds to sow, and aquilegia to prick out.

  3. Christina says:

    Everything in my ‘summer pots’ is looking far better than in summer, so how can I pull them out and plant anything for winter?

  4. Anna says:

    We had a late afternoon torrential cloudburst accompanied by thunderclaps too Cathy – luckily just after I got back from the allotment. You have been busy. ‘Little Carlow’ does have little flowers but not especially so. I’m slightly puzzled by the appearance of the nibbled leaves in the photo as they look much larger than the leaves of my plants which are also nibble free in my experience 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Glad you were back before the thunderstorm! It’s interesting what you say about ‘Little Carlow’ – the plant was new from Crocus and I have a second one from them too, sent by mistake instead of of another aster, so it will be interesting to see how they both fare next year. These tiny flowers are certainly not what I expected and look a bit like what other bloggers have posted as ‘flat topped asters’.

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