End of a Leafy Month View

October has been an increasingly leafy month and a wet one too, with our weather monitor telling us it has been the wettest month of the year so far, with 140mm of rain (5.5inches). Unlike February which was nearly as wet, the rain was spread throughout the month and we managed to avoid local flooding. It seems a long time since I have had to water anything, other than in a greenhouse!

As usual, I shall take you for a quick ramble around the garden, where you might notice some splashes of colours as well as the leaves, starting the view from our kitchen windows, above, and the adjacent streamside and shrub border, below, looking from both ends. The gorgeous splash of colour on the right in the lower picture is witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Ruby Glow’.

The woodland is already under a thick carpet of leaves, mostly from our neighbour’s beech tree:

From the bothy at the end of the woodland you can look out over the main borders, whilst below that you can see the same area from ground level:

Pivoting from the same point you can see the clematis colonnade and the bronze heuchera bed around the Acer griseum, and then the path through the woodland edge border, the latter viewed from both directions:

The three bold borders:

Through the gate to the cutting beds where the dahlias still hold their own, whilst annuals are mostly over. Along with leaf sweeping, cutting back the annuals is on my ‘to do’ list for this coming week.

The blue & white border and rose garden are nearly ready for winter, but I plan to thickly mulch a new Salvia ‘Amistad’ to try and keep it going for another year – or I might dig it up and put it in the greenhouse.

Heading back to the house, the snowdrop border is weeded and mulched with leaf mould, whilst the view looking towards the back of the house shows that the wisteria has yet to drop its leaves. Crab apple ‘Evereste’ is still resplendent in its peachy crabs, but they are beginning to drop now.

And finally to the Coop and the Coop Corner, with nerines providing stately colour and the two greenhouse fantasy chrysanthemums getting closer to providing their long-awaited blooms. The Coop Corner is still dominated by hellebore foliage – it must be something about the conditions as none of my other hellebores have made such grand plants as the ones in this bed.

And that’s the state of play at the end of October 2020. There is also a video tour of the garden, hampered by frustrations with supposedly ‘free’ video editing software, and published instead directly from YouTube, which I may continue to do in the future, taking the easier option and dispensing with the desire to embellish the video with titles and captions. You can see it here


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13 Responses to End of a Leafy Month View

  1. Cathy says:

    It looks lovely with all those colourful leaves on the ground. And plenty of other colour still too. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ October here was likewise very wet, and we have had a very damp start to November too!

    • Cathy says:

      We had a cloudless blue sky for a while this morning – and you could even feel some warmth in the sun! – but it didn’t last!

  2. Brian Skeys says:

    The leaves have all come off the trees quite early this year I think Cathy, you certainly have a lot to sweep up. Did you have problems with the free software or getting it loaded onto WP?
    My latest video took three attempts to load from my files!

    • Cathy says:

      I will email you, Brian – and will go back and look at your video too, which I wanted to see on my laptop rather than tablet or mobile.

  3. bcparkison says:

    All n all it has been a good year. Looking forward to the next growing season.

  4. Debra says:

    I would be very much at home in your lovely garden!

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, that’s nice to hear, Debra – anything in particular that makes you feel this way?

      • Debra says:

        Yes, Cathy! From the photos it looks to me like you have many places to privately sit and contemplate and think and just decompress! I love a garden that is alive…not so pruned and manicured that it loses a sense of personality. And I see walled areas and courtyards and many separate places to just be! And right now, more than ever, we need places where solitude gives us an opportunity to reflect on what is important to each of us. Your garden is inviting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Anna says:

    Oh ‘Ruby Glow’ is indeed glowing Cathy. Your snowdrop border looks immaculate and all ready to welcome it’s forthcoming visitors in style. Will take the video tour soon – saving them up for a cold winter’s day ๐Ÿ˜„

    • Cathy says:

      On a whim I moved some of the mulch aside in the snowdrop border today, and found a spear of Farindon Double emerging…! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. Cathy I’m glad the rain in October has been spaced and you didn’t have to water. I love the Forest. Dahlias are divine, I love them. The crab apple is wonderful next to the pink roses. The hellebore at Coop Corner is immense, majestic. Cathy the video is wonderful, I love it. It seems that you are walking through your magnificent garden and everything is appreciated as if you were there: the roses, the ferns, the bushes, the sculptures, the great variety of precious plants, the colors of Autumn, the great leafiness, freshness and greenness of your spectacular garden. Thanks for the video, it is a very special experience, I love it. Keep you and the golfer safe and sound. Happy gardening. Good weekend. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita x

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