End of Month View: Still Green and Pleasant

EOMV.Oct14.1We have had an exceptionally mild autumn in the UK and although temperatures didn’t quite reach the reputed 21ºC here today this mild month has allowed the garden to cling on to its greenery, despite an early loss of colour from the dry summer and  a number of leaves from our share of Gonzalo’s Gusts. Photographs for this end of month view, kindly hosted by Helen the Patient Gardener, could therefore have been taken in any of a number of other months with just the noticeable absence of blobs of colour (and the presence of giveaway leaves – thanks Christina!). Don’t forget to look at the map of the garden (under ‘The Garden’ tab above, and awaiting an update once the current Project is complete) to place where the views are in the garden.

Above are views from the back of the house, the paved area with the sitooterie (and some tree trimmings waiting to be chopped) and the streamside area with the new shrub border on the right. Several occupants of the border have been moved from elsewhere, but are joined by a replacement Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’, Pittisporum ‘Tom Thumb and Lonicera standishii ‘Budapest’, the latter being another fragrant winter flowering honeysuckle.  There are roses on order from David Austin for this border too.

The woodland is still at rest, although I did notice a solitary primrose flower this morning:

IMG_3369The main herbaceous borders, which will hopefully see an improvement from greater light levels now that the two shadiest trees in the woodland have been removed. One of my tasks for milder days later this year is to fork over these borders and remove all plant labels with no accompanying plant. There are also three naked ladies lying in the sunken paved area and awaiting a suitable home, a pottery plaque acquired when we visited our reclamation yard seeking materials for the Project.

IMG_3370The clematis colonnade, still with the occasional clematis and hardy geranium flower – and vainly trying to catch up with ‘Freckles’, a handful of flowers on Clematis cirrhosa ‘Jingle bells’ :

IMG_3372The woodland edge border, taken from the same point as the last two photos and from the truncated opposite end. I will never lose my enjoyment of walking through this border:

EOMV.Oct14.2The not-very-bold-this-season bold borders, with the extension to the right hand one, planted with some aquilegia grown from seed at the end of last year, hardy annual centaurea sown in the greenhouse at the end of August, red antirrhinums which failed to flower this year and a number of alliums:

EOMV.Oct14.3The blue and white borders, which need the same treatment as the herbaceous borders, and from which I have already removed some perennial centaurea which I have allowed to spread up to now. There are a number of aquilegia and August sown annuals planted out in these beds too.

EOMV.Oct14.4Walking through the rose garden, with the occasional rose still in flower – a near perfect ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’ was noted today:

IMG_3378Back towards the house the species snowdrop border lies awaiting  to show off its preciouses in a few months – and there can be an occasional one in late December:

IMG_3379And finally, additional Crocus ‘Snowbunting have just been planted in the hedge border, where Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ still holds court, her spent flowers retained for future vases. If you look very carefully you might also see a ‘rare’ spike of Liriope muscari ‘Monroe White’ in the middle foreground…

IMG_3380Thanks for rambling with me at the end of another month, and do pop over to Helen’s blog to look at what’s happening in other people’s gardens today.


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26 Responses to End of Month View: Still Green and Pleasant

  1. Christina says:

    Despite your description that these could be photographs from almost any month, there is a definite note of autumn decay! I love seeing the crisp brown and red leaves blown into all the corners, but it is the low light that gives the lie to this being anything other than the end of October. Happy November and may your weather continue mild to see the completion of the project!

    • Cathy says:

      You are quite right of course, Christina – I shall go back and put in a comment about the leaves. Those that have fallen are indeed nice and crispy – until we have some rain again, of course! After having seen your photos yesterday the light I can see the light is certainly very different to yours.

      • Christina says:

        The light is different to here but also very different to the light you have in summer. Don’t change your post because it is as much about what you feel about the moment as about the moment itself.

  2. rickii says:

    I was enjoying the fallen leaves, and then the exchange between you and Christina. Isn’t this a splendid time of year?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ricki – even though at the end of August I thought it was almost all over there really IS plenty that is still green and pleasant at the end of October.

  3. rusty duck says:

    The new shrub border is going to look so good. Love the seat too!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Jessica – it’s filling up rather more quickly than I thought it would but even so it will take time before things fill out. The bench has been there for some time although had to have its seat and back replaced recently – the back supports are recycled gateposts from my Mum’s!

  4. Julie says:

    Hi Cathy, this is the first time I have looked at your map, what a brilliant idea I can see where your photographs are now in relation to everything else, looking forward to your reveal of the ‘Project’!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – when I read articles in magazines about gardens I always find it frustrating if there isn’t a map to show how it all fits together. It also helps give an idea of scale.

  5. Your garden has great bones.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cynthia – I am fortunate to have a reasonable size space to grow the garden in, but it is very satisfying to know I have done it all more or less from scratch.

  6. I do love your woodland edge border Cathy, and the path is very inviting. I feel sorry for those naked ladies though… The way the painted wood unifies the garden really comes in to its own at this time of year.

  7. Hi from Portland, Oregon. I have so enjoyed the exchange between you and Christina and I think she makes a terrific point. The garden definitely has that Autumn feel. The pathways ARE very inviting as Janet says as well. Will you be doing your Monday Garden in a Vase meme this week?

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Susan, and thank you – the exchanges with other bloggers is one of the joys of blogging. Yes, there will be a vase as normal on Monday, with a special post the week after – do join us if you can

  8. Chloris says:

    I enjoyed the tour of your garden. I love the autumnal look with the leaves. It is so special having an autumn garden with summer weather. I have never enjoyed October like this before.
    Looking forward to seeing your project.

    • Cathy says:

      I think you are right about the weather making a difference, Chloris – it certainly wouldn’t feel as pleasant if the leaves were soggy and I was having to brush past wet ferns on my rambles…

  9. Helen Johnstone says:

    Still coveting your woodland. I too have a few perfect roses, I can’t remember having them open this late before.

    Thanks for joining in again this month

  10. AnnetteM says:

    Lovely autumn views of your garden. I too had forgotten the plan though I do occasionally remember that I was going to do one – where does the time go?

  11. Annette says:

    It’s so important to have a focal point and your sitooterie really is a joy throughout the year. Love the ghostly birch trees and the woodland with the cheeky dragon peeping at you. What is that tree on the left in front of the clematis collonade? Will you cut the ivy that is climbing up the birch? Always nice to join you on your rambles, Cathy – have a nice week 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thank you Annette, and …. oops… my lips are sealed! The tree is an Acer griseum – and on checking the photo I have to confess I hadn’t noticed the leaves were turning! The ivy on the fallen tree will remain as will the the broken half, for the time being at least. Enjoy your week too – I wonder how your book is doing….?

  12. I really enjoyed seeing where all the flowers for your Monday bouquets come from.

  13. bittster says:

    I always like a nice photo ramble around the garden, it really gives a good feel for what you have going on and helps me place the parts of the garden. Plus the map helps too 🙂
    Odd you’re having a warm fall this year since we’re also relatively warm. I wonder who has the cold this year?

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