I suggested in my end of month post that leaves on the trees had not yet started to turn, but today I notice that some of the witch hazels were indeed beginning to colour up – the one above is Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’. Sadly, none of them are sporting large numbers of flowers buds, unlike last year, no doubt due to the relative dryness of the year.
There are, however, a sprinkling of buds on potted nerines in the Coop, and in full bloom below is the standard Nerine bowdenii:
My two ‘fantasy chrysanthemums’ are also budding up, and having spent their summer outside will shortly need to join the nerines in the Coop. They suffered a major aphid infestation earlier in the year and were cut right back, and although re-growing to a more acceptable (in my mind) height I still cannot warm to them in any way – although the flowers, when they do finally bloom, are a pretty novelty. It barely seems worth their effort after all those months with nothing but their relatively unattractive greenery…
Some readers will have noticed a new purchase of clematis (just a few!). I have learned that this is the best time for buying them because earlier in the seaason so many varieties are out of stock. I wanted to buy spring flowering clematis earlier this year to replace some that had failed when the colonnade was revamped a few years ago, but the choice was poor, and on the advice of Thorncroft Clematis, my current chosen supplier, waited till now to try again. Three of the new arrivals are destined for the colonnade, one for the stump of the oak tree where a cheap purchase proved to be a mistake, and one (C rehderiana) has already joined two of its kind in the entrance walkway:
Whilst talking about clematis, I was astonished to see the rootball of the clematis released from the timber planter that hugged one of the downpipes at the back of the house in readiness for planting a new rose; despite the size of the rootball it hadn’t flowered other than in its first summer, but will be rehomed where hopefully it wil make up for lost time.
Further work on the rose planting has been delayed not just because of the dampness of the weather and the other commitments taking up my time but also because I found the route of the soakaway we installed when we built the extension…
Fortunately I do have some spare bricks and a bag of mortar mix, so when time permits my bricklaying skills will be recalled to raise the planting area a little:
I have to confess to feeling uncomfortable spending so little time in the garden – if it wasn’t for weekend visitors I would certainly be out in the rain today catching up on a stack of seasonal tasks, and although the bricklaying would have to wait there are plenty of clematis to plant! The tagline of the blog is ‘nurturing my soul’ and recently I have been aware that the sheer need to be outside and active in the garden is very much a physical thing…my soul is hungry, which sounds very much like the title of a poem, so watch this space!
I wonder if others have more active sixes this Saturday or if, like me, they have to be content with just looking rather than doing – check out our host Jon the Propagator’s blog and see.