We 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:
The 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.
The 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:
The 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.
And 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…
Thanks 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.