Clearing the greenhouse of tomato plants certainly seemed to herald the start of the garden winding down – the photo does not, however, show the piles of green and not-quite-so green tomatoes laid out on the staging on the other side. In the house, though, there are tomatoes in the freezer and plenty of jars of chutney so the green tomatoes may only make it as far as the compost heap.
Elsewhere in the garden, following on from the ‘plans’drawn up of the main herbaceous beds, I have now roughly sketched out the contents of the other beds in preparation for their general overhaul, removal of dross , rearrangement of the keepers and planning of additions. The more often I pass the bold borders with their crocosmia the more I am determined they will be out on their ears – or at least into pots until they can reprove their worth. And think of the space they will generate when they vacate their current premises!
Three out of the four main herbaceous beds had a partial overhaul last year and it was the turn of the fourth bed last weekend – everything was removed, the bed roughly dug over and compost added before the worthies were replaced in sensible positions. Hopefully they will repay me next year and enjoy the company of new and more appropriate bedfellows. In the meantime there is a mixed pile of sweepings to deal with – broken stems, tired annuals and far too many defunct plant labels!
Unlike Edinburgh where we currently are for a few days and where I have happily been scuffing my way through piles of dry leaves, leaf sweeping at home has not yet become the demanding task it will undoubtedly be in a few weeks time – so perhaps the garden is not ready to wind down after all… the dahlias and the cosmos in the cutting beds certainly don’t think so: