I love photographing the garden for our Monthly End of Views, the meme hosted by Helen the Patient Gardener. It enables me to compare progress from month to month and from year to year, reminding me how variable the temperate climate of the UK is and how ephemeral our gardens are. I have found myself remembering that barely 10 years ago gardeners were talking about planting more drought resistant plants because of our drier summers and yet since then there have been a number of relatively wet ones – and this year summers across the UK have varied greatly according to the location. I have just sent a number of digital photographs of the garden retrieved from our almost defunct desk top computer to be printed; dating from my first digital photos in 2003 up to the return of my last laptop when I finished work in 2011 and therefore predating the blog I was surprised by many of the images, having all but forgotten previous incarnations of the garden or at least the finer details of them. Ephemeral indeed, so let’s enjoy every moment of them, whatever the season and whatever the weather.
The end of the month has brought with it plenty of leaves as you will see as we ramble around, with every hint of a breeze bringing more tumbling or sailing to the ground. In our part of the UK we have experienced very little in the way of wind this year, and I have enjoyed seeing the gentle swaying of trees and the hearing the rustling of the remaining leaves in recent autumn days. Leaf sweeping will now become a regular task as the trees become increasingly bare. In the photograph below, of the paved area immediately behind the house, the magnolia (mid top, now yellow leaved) presents us with a new carpet of leaves every morning:
See yesterday’s post for the cutting beds, and turn towards the blue and white borders which are cluttered with transitional debris from the archway which stood in front of the gate in the wall, leading to the greenhouses and adjacent areas:
Walking through the rose garden, the clematis colonnade beyond and the herbaceous borders and back towards the house, we get to the special snowdrop border where I have taken out tatty foliage of annuals to tidy it up ready for the main occupants. I have peeked amongst the geraniums and hellebores for promising shoots but it is a little early to expect anything – however, most of the pots of snowdrops with the dry bulbs I bought in early autumn do have promising roots pushing through the bottom:
I wonder if the garden will be fully leafless by the end of next month, and how many frosts we will have seen by then… In the meantime, do pop over to Helen’s blog to see her garden at the end of October and follow links to see others across the globe.