End of Month View – October 2012

The garden has definitely taken on an autumnal glow.  Some of these photos were taken on Sunday before I had raked up the first crop of leaves. This is a slightly different view, taken from the ‘lawn’ across towards the slope.  I am really pleased with the way the layers are building up and although the photo doesn’t really show it very well the Sorbus vilmorinii‘s autumnal colours are picking up on the Vitus on the back fence.

Turning about you have the above border to your right.  I have been busy moving plants around in recent weeks and have moved phlox and monardas here so I suppose it will become a mid-summer border.  I have filled in with Narcissus Cragford and Narcissus Geranium, added some mixed Sweet William seedlings which can be removed when I find more plants to add, and finished with an edging of Forget-me-notes – how sweet!

Up behind the slope is the raised bed which has struggled to find its identity for some years.  I spent some time on Sunday having a tidy up here and planted out the fruit bushes I brought back from decommissioning the allotment so a Gooseberry, a Japanese wine-berry and a Blackberry have been added as well as a Rhubarb.  I have decided to try to create a sort of shrubbery here to mask the fence behind.  I have also been adding to the plants along the fence and it is beginning to turn into an ‘edible’ planting with the Japanese wineberry joining the Vitus, two Chaenomeles, and a Pyracantha.  I also  have a white-flowered Clematis whose name escapes me that needs a home which I might add here.

The woodland border has been neglected all year and is one of the area I really want to work on having never really finished the original planting properly last year.  I really should have tidied in here before the leaves started falling as now it is going to be an uphill battle but what can you do when you lose nearly two months of gardening weekends for one reason and another.  I have had to prioritise my list of jobs I want to do before winter sets in and this is one area that might just have to wait until the Spring.

I leave you with the patio/spring border which people who have read this blog for the last year will be shocked at.  Yes I have butchered it and no it is no longer a lovely mix  of foliage.  I have moved out the Trachelospermum jasminoides which was completely swamping the whole wall.  I have left the winter flower jasmine and a clematis, but the jury  is still  out on whether that will stay.  I  found when I moved the Trachelospermum that most of the plants were growing at weird angles and had elongated stems in an attempt to reach  some light so everything has been cut back.  I have also moved the Mathiasella bupleuroides ‘Green Dream‘ as it was also taking over and shading the greenhouse too much.  I suspect it will be back next year as I have discovered that this plant propagates easily from root cuttings and like Acanthus once you have planted it you will never be without it.  I have also added lots of Narcissus canaliculatus and Narcissus Minnow in this border as I noticed at the start of the year it was lacking in late spring interest to follow on from the snowdrops.  We shall see how it all fills out next year.

If you would like to join in the End of Month View you are very welcome and you can use this meme however you want – we just like having a nose around gardens.  If you would like to join in add a link to your post in the comments box.




31 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    End of the month already, how time flies! And winter is just about to start…

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your garden once again. I like the idea of planting narcissus to take the place of snowdrops once they have finished, might just do that myself, just hoping it’s not too late..

  2. Donna says:

    There’s so much of interest to see in your garden, and everything always looks well cared for and healthy whatever the season. I love the smell of Jasmine in summer, so I hope you replant yours close to the house. I’ve often thought about getting some of the winter flower jasmine but hesitated because I understand it has no scent.

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Donna – I dont think the winter jasmine does have a scent, bit one I have noticed anyway but it is nice to see its yellow flowers in the midst of winter

  3. Yvonne Ryan says:

    I don’t know how you had time for your allotment as you have a big garden already! Is the jasmine you took out the lovely little pink one? If it is it is a ‘WEED” here and takes over our bush etc, can’t buy it now as so invasive. I pick it off a couple of hedges along the road for the delicious smell! Arcanthus is another “Brute WEED” here as well. My garden opposite with roses coming out evry day and lots of opium poppies etc. Some random ones in the path I was going to pull out for first “Open Day” when hoards come through on the weekend. (House for sale) but the agents said ‘No leave them they are so pretty an the people can just walk around them” 0y rampant cottage garden as complete contrast to the modern groomed look of my daughters upstairs!

  4. I have never heard of Japanese Wineberry – I like the name. I’ll have to look it up now.

  5. Anna says:

    Oh you have been hard at work in the patio border Helen – will be intrigued to see it come spring. Here I was delighted to come across some pots of little Tete a Tete daffs in the cold frame. I had bought them for a bit of colour in the house last year and then turfed them out – they are already sprouting so will have to plant them soon. Delighted to read that you have incorporated some souvenirs from the allotment into your garden – you will be able to go out with a dish to pick your desert. My end of month view is up now here : http://greentapestry.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/end-of-month-view-october-2012.html

  6. Christina says:

    I’m always amazed by how much you move your plants around, they must get dizzy! But joking aside, your garden is looking great. Here’s my link: http://myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/end-of-month-review-a-busy-month/ Christina

  7. I enjoy seeing the different garden beds as they change over the year, and it’s interesting to read about why gardeners are making changes, as well as future plans. I tucked in a lot of extra bulbs this fall, too, for the succession of blooms.

    You won’t have to travel as far to get some fresh fruit next year, and it will certainly be easier to maintain the fruit bushes at your house.

  8. hillwards says:

    Gosh, what a change to your patio border, though it will soon knit together in the spring. The colour of your sorbus is lovely, and your borders do look very autumnal – beautifully so. Sounds like you have been planting some interesting bulbs too, to bring bursts of colour early next year.

  9. It was a shock to see your patio border! Very drastic! I have cut things back but not that much!
    Here is my link. Cheers!

  10. Alison says:

    Your woodland border looks in far better shape than mine. I have struggled with mine as I cannot really get it to decide what it wants to be. Maybe I should give it some guidance? Here is my EoMR http://ozhene.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/end-of-month-review-october-2012.html

  11. Cathy says:

    Youi give the impression in your pictures of having everything under control, as if everything is doing what it should be and you know where you are going with it. Hmm, I have no excuses with mine – definitely must try harder! My EOMV is now posted at http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/asters-please

  12. easygardener says:

    Your garden is looking good.You obviously get a lot of leaves falling onto your borders! Useful that you have been able to find a place your rescued fruit in the back border – I think it will look right at home.
    There you are hacking back your Trachelospermum jasminoides while I am struggling to get mine to make some growth. It is taking ages to establish. Interesting how plants can behave so differently.
    My post is up at,

  13. kate says:

    Oh, your garden looks lovely – particularly in that first shot, where the colours work beautifully (but what a lot of hard work you’ve been doing)…. sigh….

    Mine is sadly in need of some love and attention: http://beangenie.wordpress.com/

  14. I end up changing beds around, too. I think it works in the end because I finally find what works well in that spot. At this time of year, your garden is looking very good even with the leaves. We had the terrible winds of Superstorm Sandy but were spared any of the damage. Thank you very much for hosting.

  15. Anna B says:

    Really lovely virtual tour of your garden! I am enjoying your blog so much. As a new reader & blogger it’s very inspirational. I’ve always found this time of year a little sad as the garden begins to change so much but there is still plenty of things to do and the seasons bring new opportunities and spout new ideas. Your garden is looking great. Happy it’s the weekend so I can spend some time in mine too 🙂

    1. patientgardener says:

      Thanks Anna – I a glad you are enjoying the blog, I have popped over to visit yours and left a comment.

    2. Anna B says:

      Thank you so much 🙂

  16. Helen you have done a lot though I understand the feeling of not having done everything, I don’t think we every can do it all, I find I have to prioritise all the time and although being retired it sounds like I have more time, I am finding by experience there is a reason people cut back on work as they get older I just do not have the energy I had 30 years ago,
    my first thought seeing your patio border was that it was sighing with relief now it can breath …… the bulbs sound lovely and even on bad days can be viewed easily from your lovely large windows, I always think when planting for the colder weather it’s nice to see flowers from the house, Frances

    1. Anna B says:

      I totally agree with islandthreads above. There are times when I feel completely overwhelmed by the amount of things I feel I have to do combined with the things I want to do. I’ve found that over this last year I’ve learn so much about applying limits to my life. My new favourite saying is “I can’t be all things”. Some of this thinking I’ve learnt through work – from being stressed out, but also from some of the ‘lean thinking’ practices I’m learning about. Having limits in life is important and that’s why I think you were also right to give up your allotment. The good times you spent there warms my heart because I love my plot, but I don’t have a garden at home. I only have a small container/cottage style garden at the front of my house, there’s no way I could manage both. I’ve had to make loads of efficiencies in my life to maximise my time outdoors and I’m still battling to make more! Anyway, I’ll stop rambling now! Your garden looks great and I hope you’re having a good weekend and find time to spend some more time outside 🙂

    2. patientgardener says:

      Hi Anna – you are right, sometime you just have to take a step back and decide what really needs to be done and what at the end of the day doesnt really matter and there is quiet a lot which falls into that category. You are also right that giving up the allotment has made a huge difference, I feel so much more relaxed and am enjoying the garden for the first time in 3 years

    3. patientgardener says:

      Hi Frances – I have struggled with a lack of energy over the last 3 years which I think is connected to grief and also trying to do too much. Now I am getting better at dealing with things and have given up the allotment I am finding I have more energy which is fab. I agree with you the patio border does look like its breathing again, it was looking very trussed up before

  17. Ah! Sweet Williams, a plant I always intend to have every year and never get around to it. It must be such a relief knowing you can concenrate wholly on the garden now and not feel any guilt about the allotment. I must start reading blogs with a note book to hand. My EOMV is a little late but is on its way before the end of the weekend.

  18. Here it is, better late than never, the review of my garden at the end of October http://wp.me/p1jkAI-1XU

    1. patientgardener says:

      thanks for joining in again Ronnie

  19. Helen thanks for hosting. I did not realize just how steep an incline your garden is on until I saw the first photo. Your garden is still greener than mine at this point…

    her eis my entry:


  20. Lyn says:

    I’m just catching up on some blogs after a few weeks away from the computer, for various reasons, so I’ve skipped my end of month view this time, but I should have one at the end of this month. I am shocked at your patio border, as you predicted, but as a gardener, you have to do these things sometimes.

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