End of Month View: All Change!

So much of the garden seems to be entering a stage of transition, not just the usual seasonal one, and there are schemes aplenty. Today’s end of month photographs and text for the meme kindly hosted by Helen of Patient Gardener will be minimal, as several areas have been described recently as part of this spontaneous overhaul.

Below, the pots on the paved area in front of the sitooterie, and the new streamside border:

EOMV.Sept14.1The woodland, taken from the opposite end (to keep any progress here under wraps…) and thus looking towards the back of the sitooterie:

IMG_3173The herbaceous borders, now far less shaded but suffering from the dryness of the summer whilst the paved areas are still covered in the remains of lopping and pruning material:

IMG_3174The clematis colonnade, which could do with late summer clematis to extend the flowering season:

IMG_3175The woodland edge border from both ends, the end on the right being the one that will be foreshortened by an extension to one of the bold borders:

CaptureThe left and right bold borders, before I cut the barely flowered crocosmia down this afternoon:

EOMV.Sept14.2The fruit cage, main greenhouse and part of the cutting beds:

EOMV.Sept14.4The blue & white borders with the newish ‘Snow Goose’ roses beginning to spread out against the wall:

IMG_3183The rose garden, with four ‘The Fairy’ roses blooming (fairly) well on the lower right:

IMG_3184The species snowdrop border, untouched by any changes this year, and hopefully still a happy home to all my little preciouses – only a few months till they show their faces again! On the right is the hedge border from where a last year’s new ‘Czar’ plum has just been moved to the fruit cage – in its place will be white peony ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ and rose ‘Little White Pet’.

EOMV.Sept14.5I am aware that the photos don’t look of brilliant quality – that’s the trouble with reducing the size – but it still gives me and anybody else reading this blog an idea of where the garden is at towards the end of this very dry summer. Do look at the now slightly out-of-date map of the garden to work out where the different borders are – and don’t forget to pop over to Helen’s blog to see other people’s gardens on this last day of September.

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21 Responses to End of Month View: All Change!

  1. Christina says:

    Like the review, you make me feel guilty I haven’t started to change the borders I do want to revamp this autumn and exhausted just reading all the things you’re doing! definitely looks like autumn!

    • Cathy says:

      I see it as just tinkering a little, Christina! And yes, leaves are definitely starting to flutter down occasionally now….

  2. Kris P says:

    You’ve been very busy! Me too – I’m knee deep in the drudgery stage and dreaming of the day I can finally start my fall planting.

    • Cathy says:

      Exciting times – as you imply, it’s the deciding (planning?) what to do with a change that’s the tough bit. Getting on with it is relatively easy – well, for me it is and hopefully for you too.

  3. Nell Jean says:

    The hedge border is mostly white? Or are you just adding white?

    Thank you for mentioning the map. I love maps, they make orienting so much easier.

    Transition time is moving more slowly here than I had expected in September after summer heat.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes it is white, Nell – an extension of the species snowdrop border really, which only has green and white in the summer too (mostly green!). The hedge border was reclaimed from a gap in the hedge about 18 months ago.

  4. rusty duck says:

    I’m glad it’s not just me who is constantly moving things around..

  5. Thats one major revamp! And Annabelle is still going strong! Have you any thoughts on a late flowering Clematis? I have a new (last year) C. rehderiana, which is now romping away, and I’m still waiting impatiently for it to flower. It should have lemon, primrose scented, bell shaped flowers when it does! It’s supposed to flower Aug/Sep, so may be a candidate!

  6. croftgarden says:

    Gardens evolve with time and most of us tinker around the edges, but it takes energy and commitment for a wholesale redesign. I’m still waiting to see the arrival of the mini-digger!

    • Cathy says:

      But this is just tinkering round the edges and definitely not a wholesale redesign, Christine, honest! But perhaps it is all relative…..

  7. Annette says:

    Olala, autumn is definitely on its way in your part of the world. It’s so interesting to see how gardens develop differently through the year. How beautiful the birch bark stands out. Makes me wish for a little birch wood of my own. I used to have birch in my Swiss garden (well, they’re still there!) and their bark shines for miles! True, no lies ๐Ÿ˜‰ But they get so huge and I had to prune them which just doesn’t look right. When did you plant yours? C. rhederiana is a good choice, Ali’s right.

    • Cathy says:

      I planted the main woodland in 2000 and the trees were about 7 or 8 feet tall then, perhaps about 3 years old. The trio of birches in the woodland edge were probably a couple of years later – I’ll try to remember to email you some early pictures. I am sure mine don’t shine as much as your Swiss ones!

  8. Robbie says:

    This is the first time I have visited your garden…what an amazing space you have!!!! I envy your space:-) but feel blessed, I have a space. I am in the city on a typical lot + am finding it is enough space..but yours has a lot of interesting rooms to explore!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks again Robbie – it can be deceptive looking just at photographs of a garden, and sometimes I ramble round the garden and try and look at it objectively, as if I have not seen it before. I certainly notice more now am writing the blog! I will pop over and have a look at yours soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. The phrase “constant change is here to stay” springs to mind, you are wonderfully indefatigable, and I can’t wait for the Great Reveal! Nice to see your birch trio featured,but please, too early to be anticipating snowdrops!!

    • Cathy says:

      I was only thinking of snowdrops in relation to how quickly the time goes – we regret the passing of summer luxuriance (well, relative luxuriance) but in no time at all there will be witch hazels and hellebores and those little white things….!

  10. Cathy even though you do not show the cut tree end it does all have a more open feel, there is more sun coming through, lots to do and keep you busy over winter, despite your dry weather the garden still has a lushness to it, Frances

  11. Anna says:

    Aaaaaah Cathy when you said that you were moving snowdrops I didn’t really think that you were really going to transplant your preciouses at this time of year – I’m reassured now ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t help but wonder what is going on in the woodland,

  12. Liz says:

    Hi Cathy,

    Lots to do, and yet all I want to do at this time of year is hibernate and will spring to arrive! Good luck with all your work.

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