This week I seem to have had more time available to get on with autumnal tasks, and despite an unwritten list there have still been all sorts of things ticked off it, ranging from washing pots and making more chutney, to planting out new or displaced plants and potting up cuttings – even the bulbs have been tackled, a task never anticipated with any pleasure. Not completed though, as I have numerous indoor bulbs to plant in due course, but as they can be done inside at the kitchen table which does not feel such a chore. Tulips will not be planted until sometime in November, but more fritillary were added to the woodland soon after the bulbs arrived, and today a few additional allium were planted and narcissi added to the verge opposite our house (above). It wasn’t easy to dig holes for the bulbs here, but hopefully they will be deep enough for the bulbs to reflower after their first season.
As part of revamping the borders, I have been quite tough on plants that have not justified their position in them, and this week has seen the removal of two large Anemanthele, which will not be replanted elsewhere. It’s not that I don’t like them, as their colour and movement are a great asset, but in a garden with small borders they are just too big – and of course they seed around as if there is no tomorrow! In truth, they were both added because there was space to fill at the time, and they were small seed-sown plants, but they have now outgrown their spots. The one below came from one of the bold borders, and leaves a very useable space, especially since the ‘cloud’ pruning of the climbing hydrangea to the left, which leaves that end of the border less dry and less shady.
Leaf change continues apace, and the witch hazels never fail to deliver – in the streamside border (below) we have, from front to back, Spanish Spider, Diane and Jelena:
Not to be outdone, Amelanchier lamarkii is decorating the cobbles below it:
Having partially planted up what had been the snowdrop border, purchasing a sculpture as its focal point has become more pressing. In an effort to narrow down the small selection I have been considering, I asked the Golfer to make me a quick mock-up of one of the ones I favoured, to get a better idea of scale. The mock-up is only two-dimensional, but the actual sculpture (in stainless steel) is a three-dimensional pyramid with a sphere attached. I had originally envisaged something chunkier, but having seen the mock-up in situ I do rather like its sleeker profile.
Finally, with the current stunning display (after all, it’s halfway through October!) from the small collection of streptocarpus (there are another four not yet flowering), I have in the Coop, I was close to ordering more but fortunately held back, remembering they would come as plugs and wouldn’t flower this season, and how difficult it had been to keep my existing ones in good health over the winter. Phew, that was close!
These are my six, and if you would like to see six snippets from other gardeners around the world just head to the blog of our host, Jon the Propagator, where you will find the links.