End of Month View – October 2016


Well Autumn is truly upon us now.  The Colchicums are flowering, the leaves are falling and the clocks went back an hour last night.  I’ve always enjoyed Autumn, just as I do Spring.  I remember as a child one of the highlights of the season was raking up huge piles of beech leaves and jumping into them. For some reason autumn leaves always seem to be damp these days so not conducive to jumping in.


Hugh’s Border is slowly losing its foliage and preparing for winter but many of the plants are deciduous so some interest will remain through the winter.  Come early spring the snowdrops will flower and if I remember rightly some narcissus.


I’m including some photos of the wider view mainly because I have treated myself to a wide-angle lens ahead of my trip to Japan in a week’s time.  We will be doing a lot of travelling to temples, castles and into the wider landscape so I thought a wide-angle lens would be a worthwhile investment – well that’s the excuse I am making to myself! The photos on this post are all with the new lens and it means I can show you the wider garden view so the different bits make more sense and you soon realise just how small the garden is and inevitably how much it slopes.


Oh and you are probably spotted the large timber scattered around.  These are to replace some of the risers on the steps from the patio and also to provide a more definitive edge to the bottom of the Big Border.  Work has started now that many of the plants are being cut back and there is less chance of damage from large feet.  The aim is to get the new hard landscaping completed over the winter before my spring bulbs start making life more challenging for the landscaper.

Its interesting looking at these photos how much colour there is still in the garden and how much of it comes from foliage as opposed to flowers – reinforcement of my view that if you get the foliage right the flower are just the icing on the cake.

Anyone is welcome to join in with the End of Month meme.  You can use it to follow a specific part of the garden through the year or to give your readers a tour of the whole garden – whatever works for you. I like to follow one area through the year as it helps me to be more critical of the space and make improvements.  All I ask is that you leave a link to your post in the comments box below and link back to this post in yours – that way everyone can connect.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Autumn colours looking lovely. Opposite for me – went for a 90klm drive up to Mangawhai the other day to transfer a student to Wellsford. Mostly on Highway after my ‘scenic’ road over Wenderholm hill and its gorgeous estuary and sea view and on through green green paddocks (fields to you) a mixture of sheep farms, milking cows, lifestyle blocks. Lots of native trees and where deciduous their lovely new ‘spring dress’s’ on. So fresh. Quite a few purple paulina trees out shining in the sun! Lambs just blobbing out in the sun with full tummies. Low tide so meandering streams through the 2 estuary’s I drove by. Didn’t have time to stop and have oysters and chips $10 from Puhoi a little Bohemian village – damn. The shadows from the hills were lovely. Driving home I went the Motorway way over lovely viaduct and zoomed back to Orewa (seaside town_ and had a quick look at our Estuary Arts Awards exhibition – prize winning night. Fab jazz band from Orewa College. So lucky living a beautiful part of the world!

  2. Steve says:

    Hi Helen. You will love Japan. I used to live in Tokyo and travelled all over Japan. The gardens are incredible and the autumn colour should be great. Have a good trip.
    My EoMV is a https://glebehouse.wordpress.com/

  3. Alison says:

    A wide angle lens and a trip to Japan, I am not sure which I am more envious of – have a great time. The garden is looking good the timber rises make a great effect.

    My EoMR is here http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2016/10/end-of-month-review-october-2016.html

  4. rusty duck says:

    Love all the autumn colour in your garden. Japan sounds wonderful, there will be much to report back on from there and look forward to reading all about it. Have a great time!
    Here’s my link for this month:

  5. I think you are right about foliage. Much as I love flowers and blossom, foliage provides the structure!

  6. Jim Stephens says:

    I think I take a slightly dissenting view about the relative merits of flowers and foliage. For me foliage is good and much better than nothing but it’s the flowers that I’m eager to see again each year, that put a smile on my face and provide most of the obvious changes through the year. I’m looking for compensations in autumn, I can’t really say I like it much.
    My EOM piece is here. https://gardenruminations.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/end-of-month-view-october-2016/

  7. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen, yes you’re absolutely right about the foliage, and you really do have some lovely autumn colour.
    Have a fabulous trip to Japan.

    Here’s my EoMV, thanks for hosting

  8. Cathy says:

    Your wide angle lens is a real boon for these views, Helen – and your garden is looking pretty tidy despite the waiting timbers even though it might not look tidy in your eyes! I came to the same conclusion about about foliage as I was writing my post, which is at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/end-of-month-view-homing-in-again/
    Hope you have a safe and most enjoyable trip to Japan

  9. Linnae says:

    Hello! I like what you said about getting the foliage right. This month especially, with not much in bloom, I have appreciated the various foliage colors–even different shades of green look pretty together.
    My End of Month view can be found here:

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