As we leave September, although autumn is increasingly evident in the garden there is still plenty of colour to be seen amongst the yellows and browns of decaying foliage and wilted blooms. Already there are little piles of leaves collecting in the corners, neatly swept into place whenever there is a breeze before being redistributed elsewhere the next time the wind blows, and it will only take a visit from Jack Frost to see off the last of the bedding plants and many of the stalwarts in the cutting beds, especially the dahlias. Last year our first frost was on November 9th, relatively late, but we could reasonably expect one at any time from now on, already coming close one day this week when overnight temperatures dipped to 2°C.
Here though, there are reasons to ramble round the garden at any time of year and whatever the weather, and there are pleasures to be found in it whatever the season. At the end of September this year, this is what you would see, starting with the view from the back of the house (above) and the adjacent shrub border and streamside (below):
Looking through the woodland, with the new ‘path less travelled’ to the left:
The view over the main borders from the bothy, and from ground level:
The bronze heuchera bed around the Acer griseum with the clematis colonnade beyond, then the woodland edge border:
You may notice the two sculptures in the woodland edge border for the first time, despite them having been there for years, albeit smothered in ivy until recently.
The three bold borders, gradually being overhauled and their contents edited:
Through the gate to the working end of the garden, with the dahlias still flowering their socks off and other blooms still hanging on whilst others around them are over and composted:
The blue & white border has already undergone severe editing which hopefully will start paying off next season – as long as I resist the urge to add too many new plants as part of the process!
The rose garden looks fairly bare, but I am confident that removing the energetic ‘Blush Noisette’ roses from the perimeter fence and replacing them with a more refined variety will pay dividends, and the whole area will benefit from the extra light now the oak tree has gone. Already it looks more self-contained, an improvement in itself.
You can now take any route you want back towards the house, but don’t spend too long looking at the snowdrop border in its summer guise; this is one area that has never been satisfactory outside the winter and spring seasons – but I have plans! Triggered by an unconnected comment, as ideas often are, it should look very different next year. In the meantime, the urge to remove the underperforming white bedding plants before weeding and mulching ready for the winter Preciouses is very strong!
Moving swiftly to the side of the house we can take a quick peep into the Coop where a few pots of nerines are the current stars, along with long-flowering magenta Busy Lizzies. Two greenhouse ‘fantasy’ chrysanthemums are not in any rush and are just beginning to bud up:
We now walk down the side of the Coop to the Coop Corner, dominated by foliage and the feathery grass, Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ to see the mini hostas and the shady courtyard, the latter two shown at the end of the monthly video.
Thanks to guidance from fellow blogger Brian of Brimfields, I have been tinkering with a different video editor; foolishly I had not allowed myself time to get used to it and have just incorporated some its very basic editing features, with the result that September’s end of month video is still very rough around the edges. If you are still willing to tolerate its shortfalls, you can view it here: