Anticipating a wet day today, I took the photographs and video for this end of month post yesterday, a good move as we had some really heavy rain this morning – it was barely light until late morning but then the skies cleared, leaving us with a bright but breezy afternoon and evidence of localised flooding,
We have whizzed through October, a relatively grey month but with periods of sunshine on most days, and a mild month too. Nighttime temperatures are due to drop this week, getting close to freezing point so frosts are possible, although we avoided them till the end of November last year – setting up the greenhouse heaters would still be a sensible precaution. We can certainly expect the garden to change rapidly in November, especially as there have been some breezy days recently to whip off any loose leaves from the trees, so let’s take a last look at October, starting with the usual view from the back of the house (above) and the streamside and shrub border from both directions (below), where the witch hazels have been displaying their autumn colours and the cornus are just beginning to lose their leaves and show their coloured stems.
I have somehow forgotten to take a photo of the woodland, but if we walk through it and climb up into the bothy at the far end we can look out over the main borders, before looking from ground level at them and the adjacent clematis colonnade and bronze heuchera bed under the Acer griseum :
We now walk through the woodland edge border, past the truncated birches, and turn at the end to view them from the other direction:
Let’s rush past the Anything Goes (‘bold’) borders:
Through the gate, the dahlias are still in full swing, and will continue swinging until the first frosts, but the remainder of the cutting beds are mostly waiting to be emptied. Looking inside the working greenhouse we have a remarkably healthy crop of rooted cuttings and some autumn sown seedlings, including the early Winter Sunshine sweet peas:
The blue and white border is always difficult to photograph because of its different sections, but there is little or nothing of note to see there anyway, as is the case in the rose garden, where all the roses have now been defoliated:
Heading back to the house, the snowdrop border looks ready and waiting for its winter beauties, but is due a good mulching first, whereas looking towards the gable end of the extension we can see the glowing colours of (left to right Dahlia ‘Art Deco’, Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ and crab apple ‘Evereste’:
In the Coop the greenhouse chrysanthemums are finally coming into bloom, joining still-blooming pelargoniums, streptocarpus and seasonal nerines. On the floor are some of the summer flowering pots, including a number of calla lilies whose fate, having failed to flower this year, is in the balance. Outside, in the very leafy Coop Corner, I have only just realised that the pink pussy willow which is now dominating the border was doing so because it was leaning at an angle of 45°, an anomaly now largely rectified!
For those who have not visited, the twists and turns of the garden and its different areas can be difficult to fathom out from two dimensional photos, and perhaps even the video too, but there is a map under The Garden tab above which may help. To make things clearer, I had intended to annotate a map to show the locations the photos were taken from and the route the video ramble follows, but I apologise for not having achieved this yet. If you would still like to see the video, click on this link or watch it below, and then let’s see how November unfolds!