Whilst the garden might not be as floriferous (there’s that word again) as some at the end of September I am pleased with the range of texture and colour from foliage at the start of Autumn. The borders along the grass path are looking fuller and more established than a year ago
I have finally cracked the left hand corner at the beginning of the path which because of its sunny location is home to lots of different bulbs but which needed some form of substance to it. Adding the Anemanthele lessoniana on either side of the path and again further down has pulled the planting together and I hope will allow me to indulge my planting whimsies whilst maintaining a sort of cohesive look.
The workshop seems to really sit in the garden now as if it has always been there. I can’t believe it took me nearly 3 years to work out what wood treatment to use and I am really pleased I didn’t rush in and follow my first instinct of black and orange.
The older woodland border is filling out and is looking much lusher than the same time last year. I think the cooler summer has helped a lot. I’m not 100% happy with how this border looks, it needs some tweaking to bring it together better but it is definitely progressing.
The newer end of the border has filled out really quickly since the additions earlier this year and I think this is due to the serious reduction of the willow canopy overhead. It is surprising how much moisture as well as light the willow blocked out. I was worried that the increase of light would affect the plants which had been chosen for their preference of shady conditions but they have thrived and done better than ever. I suppose it makes sense as most ‘woodland’ or ‘shade loving’ plants tend to live on the edges of woodlands rather than completely under the tree canopy.
I am pleased I moved the Paulownia to the former bog garden. Its height has lifted this area which was looking a bit flat. I have a lot of ferns here and I just needed some contrast of leaf shape and as I say some height. I don’t think I am going to pollard the Paulownia as some do. I know this would give me huge leaves which I do love but I fancy a more tree like shape. I do think I will cut the branches back each year to see if I can increase the size of the leaves a bit.
Finally the gravel steps up the garden – one of the favourite views of my garden and place to sit. The border to the left of the steps is the continuation of the area I plant lots of bulbs in because it is sunny and fairly well drained. This is where lots of my treasures live and it is nice to sit on the step with a cuppa and look at the garden through the plants.
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