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