End of Month View: Let There Be Light

There is certainly more light in the garden at the end of September and following the removal of our two trees I was pleased to find that one of our neighbours has decided to cull two of his, for the same reason, which will have a further knock-on benefit for us. With several days of sunshine recently, albeit alongside much cooler nights, it has been pleasing to monitor the progress of sun around the garden, less impeded as it now is by tree cover. The improvement will be even more marked when the summer sun visits again next year, and already the benefits of crown lifting our variegated holly a little while ago can be seen in climbing rose ‘Cecile Brunner’ which previously struggled in the shade but has suddenly put on a flurry of growth. I am also hoping for a big improvement in the roses and clematis supported by the obelisks in the shrub border when I take the step of removing adjacent shrubs which have outlived their usefulness in this location. Let there be light!

Many of the end of September views seem to suggest that the garden is in waiting, but in waiting of what I am not sure – perhaps the inevitable demise that is to come as autumn ploughs on towards winter? Waiting patiently and without complaining though, safe in the knowledge that spring will follow and with it the new glories of yet another season. Helen the Patient Gardener encourages us to show our end of month views in this monthly meme so do pop over to her blog and look at the other links.

This is how things are looking here:

From the back of the house, looking towards the sitooterie

The streamside and shrub border

Shrub border from the far end, with wonderful autumn witch hazel foliage in the foreground

The woodland

Overhauled main borders from the bothy

The same borders from ground level, with fading hostas in the foreground

Bronze heuchera bed and Acer griseum with clematis colonnade beyond and another witch hazel on the right

Woodland edge border and that same witch hazel on the left

One of the overhauled bold borders

Another overhauled bold border

And another…

Cutting beds

More cutting beds

Overhauled blue & white borders, with fallen amelanchier foliage

The rose garden, with changes afoot for the area on the right

The snowdrop border with the new rose pergola on the left

The new greenhouse, in transition between summer and winter contents

The new shady border, although the fine calamagrostis is rather too large for its spot

Thanks for rambling round the garden with me and don’t forget you can look at a map of the garden under The Garden tab above to help you understand how it all fits together.


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27 Responses to End of Month View: Let There Be Light

  1. craftycreeky says:

    Love the witch hazel, the foliage is beautiful

    • Cathy says:

      Me too, and the foliage ages differently on the different varieties in my garden

      • tonytomeo says:

        Which witch hazel is that? We grew only the garden cultivars of Hamamellis, but not Hamamellis virginiana. I got mine for my home garden from the Arbor Day Foundation. They are unavailable in nurseries here. Because I have never grown it before, I do not know what to expect. Our native does not color much at all.

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I am very surprised how quickly Autumn makes its presence felt in your parts. Here, we have quite a long period of still warm weather and nothing changes for a few weeks. In fact, March is nearly as hot as Summer usually. I can see in your photos how the leaves are changing already and in fact some have well and truly coloured. You have such an interesting garden with its different areas.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jane. With such a dry summer this year we would expect an earlier autumn than recent years, but it should still take a number of weeks unless we have a lot of chilly nights – or wind. But it has been a reltively mild and sunny September, which it often can be

  3. bcparkison says:

    There is still color which is a blessings even the leaves on the is a bright spot.

  4. Kris P says:

    Congratulations on lighting up your space! I’m sure you’ll make the most of it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – I am confident it will improve growth in several parts. There will still be shade from our other neighbour’s beech tree and our little woodland is next to this, so any extra light and sunshine will be invaluable

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    No only do you have more light your garden seems larger. What magic!

    • Cathy says:

      Magic indeed! I do think, though, that it is the time of year that makes it look bigger as there is less ‘clutter’ from plants and the hard landscaping stands out more

  6. Heyjude says:

    You have so many different areas in your garden, I love the little nooks and crannies, not knowing what is around the corner. Must keep you very busy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – that’s the impresssion all our visitors get (and I don’t usually show all the nooks and crannies on the blog). Even though it is not especially large (but garden size is all relative, of course) the Golfer often can’t find me when he comes out looking for me – says I need a bell!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed a wander round your garden, Cathy. There’s so much to look at and I suspect I’m not really getting the geography right – would love to visit it one day if I’m ever down your way. We are in the process of making changes to our garden too simply because we are both getting older and less able – hubby has just reached his 80th birthday – and letting more light into some areas is high on the list. The witch hazel is beautiful.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Elizabeth – and do please try and pop in if you are passing this part of the world. We are where Staffs, Warwickshire, Leic and Derbyshire counties come together, only a few miles off the M42. We too were thinking ahead with the trees ps I have 12 different witch hazels and they all colour up differently, which is fascinating to watch

  8. Cathy, your garden I love. So many different spaces but at the same time they unite perfectly. I really like the witch hazel. The glow of the green leaves having removed the two trees, comes much more light and are precious. The new pergola for roses is very beautiful. I really like the heuchera and the tree that is on it. There are still beautiful flowers on the beds. All your garden is very beautiful. Greetings from Margarita.

  9. Brian Skeys says:

    Our neighbour lifted the crown on their copper beech, it made such a difference to our garden

  10. I love the look of your garden with all its nooks and hidden places. I wish my neighbour would read the bit about removing or thinning trees ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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