Although the following photos were taken at the end of the month there just hasn’t been time to post this monthly update, a meme kindly hosted by Helen, the Patient Gardener. No time for jobs in the garden either, but as the last couple of days involved a last minute visit from Elder Daughter and The Poppet I am not complaining! Now making do with our own company again, I have been able to plant some crocus bulbs today and prick out some autumn sowings but the rest of my Peter Nyssen bulb order will be overshadowing all gardening activity for a few weeks until I get the rest of them planted!
Even though I haven’t been able to undertake many gardening tasks recently I have still enjoyed my usual rambles, admiring or pondering or plucking as required. On the paved area I would like to decide in advance which annuals to use to provide extra colour in the tubs rather than just shoving in the ‘leftovers’:
One task I did manage was to move roses ‘Munstead Wood’ from one of the big square tubs here and ‘Susan Williams Ellis’ from the hedge border into the shrub border, as they have underperforming in their original places and hopefully will now do better next year. I have to say (and have probably said it before) how thrilled I am with how well this border has done in only a year – crab apple ‘Golden Hornet’ and the witch hazels supply an amazing injection of autumn colour to the establishing shrubs, and some of the new grasses are beginning to throw up their flower spikes for the first time which is most exciting. The ladders were being used to pick some of the apple supercrop we have been blessed (?) with this year.
The view from the bothy chimney looking out over the main herbaceous beds shows up the pink of sedum, malva, perennial sweet pea and penstemon, and the changed foliage of Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ and amelanchier:
From the same point but turning 180º you can see that the ‘pump project’ is on hold not just from the time issue but because we haven’t yet been able to source matching slabs to finish the surround – we have used Stonemarket Millstone slabs, concrete copies of real stone, throughout the garden but our local stockists have ceased supplying them.
A wider view of the clematis colonnade (flowers here) is framed by ‘Arnold Promise’ and the heuchera bed at the feet of the Acer griseum. The heucheras look so much happier since being slightly elevated by a deeper tile edging which prevents rainwater run off and perhaps by next season their foliage will have filled the bed.
You can just see foliage of Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ towards the far end, but shown more clearly in the photo taken from the opposite end. Having given a piece of the Dragon to the friends who came for lunch last week they were a little alarmed seeing how large it can grow when it is happy, as it is here!
The three bold borders are in very different stages, the newer border with some spots of colour still, particularly from new Salvia ‘Amistad’ and sweet pea ‘Purple Pimpernel’, the latter which have been in flower since the end of May. I will let the remaining flowers go to seed so there is a new supply for next year.
The right hand border against the wall is in transition but at least now has its wall rebuilt and heightened. Some of the soil from the pump project has been used here to build up the level and although isolated, the remaining plants in the bed look reasonably happy:
The left hand side is as bright as it has been for most of the summer, but now with unknown annual rudbeckia, self-seeded nasturtium and dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ towards the back. In between these two borders we have a new gate, which will be painted in due course, whilst the structure (previous supporting an ornamental vine) will be replaced with something less solid looking but capable of supporting the two clematis which will grow up either side.
The leaves of the amelanchier always look attractive when they fall on the cobbled circle below; meanwhile, the moon gazing hare who sits here resolutely refused to share his experiences of this week’s lunar phenomenon.
Returning between the borders and back towards the house the special snowdrop border has looked better this year in its raised bed with the addition of various white annuals. This will be repeated next year, ensuring none of the annuals are over tall and therefore no ammi or poppies which have looked out of place this year. There are also white daffodils to be included at the back, next to be planted on my list of bulb priorities.
With cooler nights bringing us closer to our first frosts of the season, the next month will no doubt see rapid changes in the garden as it moves very definitely into autumn and beyond – but knowing there are joys to be found in the garden every day of the year I have learned not to be disheartened by this. Do now visit Helen’s blog to see what is happening in her garden and those of fellow bloggers at this time of transition.