End of Month View – September 2018

I do enjoy this time of year as much as I enjoy Spring. I enjoy tidying up in the garden, because of the sense of achievement you get, and then there is the bulb planting with promise of Spring.

I should have taken the photo first thing before the sun came round

I realised this afternoon in the garden that I have actually managed to do quite a bit over the past month, although to the outside observer this probably isn’t that obvious.  I’ve added three Stipa tenuissima to the corner of the Big Border where all the bulbs live.  This is an area I worked on earlier in the year and replanted.  There is a lot of gravel in this area to help the bulbs survive the winter but there was a lack of height and substance so I am hoping that the Stipa will bring this and provide a foil for my bulb collection.

You can just see the Tithonia’s in the corner of this picture which have been a triumph this year. I love the vibrancy of the orange which acts as a good contrast to the asters.

Even the bottom corner of Hugh’s border (Hugh is the owl) hasn’t been too bad this year and this one of those bits of the garden which really challenges me as the ground dries out to much here.  I am slowly changing the planting to take advantage of this.

The top of the slope is one of the areas of the garden I keep coming back to when I have a spare moment.  Earlier in the year we removed the very top path, which was never used and was just a home for weeds.  This has given me more space and I have been using it to spread the plants out.  Over the last few weeks a couple of large ferns have been relocated and the Bottlebrush shrub has been given more room.

So thats my garden at the end of September.  To finish off I thought I would show you the front garden which I rarely feature on the blog, I know not why, but its just coming into its own with late summer perennials

The meme is open to anyone to join in with and you can use it how you wish – we would all love to see your garden, warts and all.  All I ask is that you post a link to your post in the comments box and a link to this post in your post, that gives us a chance to find each other.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Полина says:

    Your garden is really lovely. I remember it a few years back when I first visited your blog, – you’ve obviously done a lot since then and garden has transformed significantly !

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Your garden is still looking beautiful and the front garden needs to be posted about more because it’s full of interesting and flourishing plants.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    I can not help but be distracted by the bronzed Norway maple (or whatever it is) next to the shed.

  4. Ali says:

    You are right. Whilst I love spring and adore summer, I enjoy my activity in the garden in autumn and winter as much as those favoured seasons. I suppose for me autumn and winter are about hard work, which I guess I love as much as the pottering around deadheading in the warmer months.

  5. Alison says:

    Its all looking great Helen, your garden seems untroubled by the difficult year we have had with the weather. My EoMR is here http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2018/09/end-of-month-review-september-2018.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I suspect neglect allowing the grass to stay green and the plants to shade the soil has helped

  6. It’s very gratifying to find you’ve done more than you thought, isn’t it!

  7. Anca Tirca says:

    A lovely garden, thanks for sharing these beautiful photos! Our EoMV is here: https://timpingradina.blogspot.com/2018/09/end-of-month-view-september-2018.html

  8. prue batten says:

    A beautifully inviting garden filled with secret places. I long for my tiny space to be so filled but secret spaces are beyond its scope, it being so small. It’s just coming up to its 3 and 3/4 year birthday and has been changed once significantly in that time. Isn’t gardening fun? I actually did a pictorial post on my own blog yesterday which I offer here for anyone interested. Thanks for a lovely blog. http://pruebatten.com/2018/09/30/matchbox-gardens/

  9. FlowerAlley says:

    Glad to hear from you. Things are looking great.

  10. Brian Skeys says:

    The front border looks fab Helen, is it just two years since it was lawn?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I think it’s only about 18 months

  11. What a lovely garden you have!

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