Changes in the Air

IMG_6042Despite the shorter and cooler days there is still something exciting and mysterious about the garden and every ramble finds something a little different from the previous one. Not all changes are attractive, and the slow demise of the yellow crab apples of Golden Hornet is not the prettiest sight (above), but no-one could deny the beauty of leaves a-changing and a-falling from the trees. Apologies for including Hamamelis ‘Ruby Glow’ again  but I don’t think I have ever seen it as stunning and below left it is shown with H ‘Diane’ in the foreground, H ‘Jelena between the two and  a glimpse of a small potted acer mid left. The purple patch is the colchicums, now on the wane and way past their best. Below right is one of my favourite autumn views, fallen amelanchier leaves now fully disguising the granite cobbles below.

changes.airIMG_6047I must admit to being responsible for some of the other changes, having yesterday on a sudden whim cleared the tomatoes from the larger greenhouse instead of just picking the ripe ones as intended. Suddenly I have regained an almost empty greenhouse, with only some lovely little peppers to pick and space to move the less hardy chrysanthemums inside. Below right shows the last of the windfall apples, all remaining apples now being picked and ‘dealt with’ or given away. Some of the windfalls will be left for the birds but others will be gathered up and composted before they get trodden into the paths.

changes.air2Meanwhile, the pump project is progressing with flagstones moved from elsewhere in the garden and an as yet unused plastic lead-effect pot in place for the reservoir – effective recycling. I am leaving the electrics to the Golfer and so far have not dragged him away from his Golf or watching the rugby to get it done – I’ll give him a bit longer…

Another more obvious although very small change is the removal of an extremely large fern from the small sloping bed between the steps and the sloped path up to the paved area. After rainfall this fern necessitated a ramble detour via the streamside path as overhanging fronds on both sides otherwise resulted in wet legs, despite regular trimming back (of the fronds, not the legs…). The fern has been moved to the woodland but the spot it left is directly in front of one of the kitchen windows and the view has changed disproportionately. Apart from sloping, the bed is very dry and its future will take some thought – but might involve adding a post and linking it with the pergola which is to be replaced this winter once the two clematis growing up it have died back. This fern removal was done on a whim today, so who knows what changes will blow in on the next wind…?

Oct15

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29 Responses to Changes in the Air

  1. FlowerAlley says:

    I have needed a greenhouse for years. I looked at the photo of your empty one with envy. I wish I could ship a load of my babies over to spend the winter with you.

  2. hoehoegrow says:

    It is very therapeutic to clear the greenhouse of it’s summer plants ! I am always surprised by just how shallow rooted tall tomato plants actually are ! At least you have cleared space for your more tender plants.

    • Cathy says:

      My tomatoes were in pots, mostly sunk into the greenhouse border – but I am going to try some salad crops in the border this winter. But yes, definitely therapeutic like you say!

  3. Every day in the garden is different and a reminder there are special things in this world…Love the photo album.

  4. Brian Skeys says:

    Have you had a frost? our Golden Hornet apples are still yellow.
    Change is in the air it has been much colder these last few days.

  5. Cathy says:

    Enjoyed your post today Cathy. Don’t you just love empty spots that need filling – for me it’s like solving a crossword puzzle, with hours of enjoyment thinking about it before it’s even finished!

  6. Chloris says:

    My Golden Hornet is still looking good, but you are right they don’ t look very nice once the fruit starts to go brown.
    I bet your plants duck when you walk round the garden. You are like the Duchess in Alice in Wonderland.’ Off with their heads.’
    Ruby Glow is really good value with its lovely autumn leaves and then the flowers to look forward to quite soon.

    • Cathy says:

      Tee hee – but you are right, so don’t let on to the magnolia that I have been toying with chopping its head off and replacing it with something smaller and less leafy… 😉

  7. A great time of year for making changes.

  8. croftgarden says:

    Oh dear the itchy fingers start again – another project, another design, more plants to move so you can plant more plants. You are like a perpetual motion machine. I am quite overcome by fatigue and I’ve just sat down to read your blog! I think it is about time we introduced you to the Slow Garden philosophy before I expire from exhaustion.
    Nice orange peppers!

  9. Christina says:

    I do agree with Chloris, I think I would be rather scared of being a plant in your garden, overstep the mark in any way and ZAM – you’re out! My greenhouse is beginning to fill now with trays of salad leaves. I think I have some images already so perhaps I’ll find time to show some this week (helping my MIL is proving very time consuming but hugely satisfying as she is make huge progress and manages to do something new almost every day).

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Christina – you make me sound like a real old Tartar…. 😦 Everything is given a fair chance to prove itself, honestly!! Glad MIL is improving thanks to your care – how much longer do you think you will be in the UK? My smaller greenhouse is full of seedlings – but flowers, not salad leaves!

  10. plenty of time during winter for plotting and planning 😉

  11. germac4 says:

    I enjoyed a tour around your autumn garden. I love autumn in our own garden, but, after a very cold winter here in Canberra (Australia) I’m enjoying spring.

  12. Pauline says:

    You put me to shame Cathy, you are so energetic whereas I’ll get there eventually! Don’t you make any crab apple jelly, I used to in my last house where we had a lovely tree, it tastes rather nice with the Sunday joint .

  13. We are still picking so many tomatoes, I can’t remove all the plants, but I did notice that some have stopped so that’s tomorrow’s outside job – then I can get the salad leaves in the ground and growing away. Exciting having a new little project to plan for, though it seems to me you always manage to have one or two new projects! I’d have moved the fern too, getting soggy from brushing past overgrown plants sodden by the rain is never good.

  14. Karen says:

    Fall is definitely a time of change in many gardens. I always hated to pull my tomato plants. That meant the end of those tasty tomatoes even though the last ones on the vine never had the same flavor as the early ones in summer.

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