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Autumn has arrived and a sense of panic marred my gardening today.  With evening gardening over due to the shortening days and a wet day yesterday, I felt an unexpected sense of urgency in the garden today.  To such an extent that I found myself not enjoying myself at all but this may be tangled up with the pervasive feeling of unhappiness I am experiencing currently – which I know is hardly… Read More

Looking back to last September’s GBBD post I seem to be showing the same plants with one of two additions.  I don’t have many Asters to show as they haven’t quite opened their blooms yet and with the grey days we have had recently I think they may take a few more days yet. One of the new additions is Crocosmia Emily MacKenzie which I have tried to grow before and lost… Read More

Autumn and the season of bounty is definitely upon us.  My step over apples have generous crops of apples considering how small the trees are; not bad for their third year. I finished off my period of annual leave by replanting the Cottage Border along the top of the wall.  Last weekend I lifted everything aside from the roses and sage, potted it up although I threw a few plants.  Then I… Read More

Yesterday I had a lovely day out with my friend Victoria.  Firstly we went to Hampton Court which I blogged about last week but the main purpose for our excursion was because Victoria was “desperate” to buy Asters and was despairing of finding any apart from the bulk standard dwarf varieties that you find in garden centres.  I had promised her a trip to Old Court Nursery over the hill from me… Read More

Here we are at the end of August and I have been lamenting the lack of colour in my garden.  I have been more interested in foliage in the last year and I wondered whether this has had a negative impact on the floral display however looking at these photographs it is clear there is plenty of colour but much is in the cooler tones rather than in the rich colours that… Read More

Late last week I was slowly psyching myself up to tackle the compost heaps this weekend. A job very long overdue and now the temperatures are cooler it seemed to me to be an ideal time.  However the weather had different ideas and the forecast was heavy rain all weekend. I can’t complain though since the garden is really in need of a good soaking.  There has been little rain over the… Read More

Today was one of those real autumnal days with the mists hanging in the air until  lunchtime, everything damp and the leaves beginning to take on their autumnal hues.  I have been meaning to visit Old Court Nurseries to buy some more Asters for the Daisy Border and discovered that today was their last open day of the year so instead of struggling with damp soil and wet leaves I popped over… Read More

Having shared with you some long shots of The Garden House which I visited last week I thought I would now show you some of the plants that  really took my eye.  The main ones were the hydrangea which was simply gorgeous as you can see in the previous post, but I suspect I am in a minority of liking hydrangea. Anyway, the best flowers were in the walled garden and there… Read More

Like a fairytale princess the daisy border is stretching her limbs and opening her eyes, welcoming the sunshine which seems to have finally arrived. Aster umbellatus, like a bridesmaid leads the way, opening its tiny dainty flowers before all the others.  A mass of insects which hide when the camera appear.  It is tall, adding height and a delightful counterpoint to the Calamgrostis overdam take form the backbone of the border. Aster… Read More