Autumn has decidedly arrived although not the crisp dry Autumn that I prefer, instead it has been a bit grey and quite damp leading to soggy piles of leaves to collect; many have already been collected. I have noticed that despite the lower light levels there is still interest in the garden mainly from the various asters. I think the smaller flowers add some real texture although I want to add some… Read More
I have been a busy bee this weekend and have achieved lots of the plans I have had rattling around in my head in the early hours when I haven’t been able to sleep recently. I have been saying for some weeks now that the patio border needed a re-jig to give the newish Edgeworthia more space. So today I lifted a large Astrantia and divided it. In the space left behind… Read More
I had an enjoyable, although warm, day today at the local national Alpine Garden Society show. Long term readers will know that I have a growing fascination with alpines and have started showing myself in the Novice section. Today I added a first, two seconds and three thirds to my tally; however I have a way together before I can exhibit the quality of plants I am going to share in this… Read More
After a slow start this weekend has been wonderful for working in the garden. I would say pottering but I think my idea of pottering isn’t the same as others. Saturday was a wash out which is fine as we needed the rain. I went to the HPS garden club meeting and amazingly I didn’t buy anything possibly because I have been feeling a little jaded recently but also probably because most… Read More
I thought I would focus the Foliage Follow Up post on one border this month. This is the border which is most dependent on good foliage to look good. I have called it the Japanese Fern Border in the past as I planted it up with mainly Japanese ferns but as you can see the Impatiens omieana has started to dominate the space. I have already had to lift and remove the… Read More
I have become increasingly fascinated by ferns and more and more seem to be finding their way into my garden. I have many evergreen and wintergreen varieties but also many deciduous varieties and it is the emerging fronds at this time of year which I find quite magical. The emerging fronds are called croziers or fiddleheads and I understand that in the States some varieties are eaten at this time of year…. Read More
My February post for the Hardy Plant Society is up – the subject hardy evergreen ferns.
I’m a day early with the weekly review post but I am planning on a horticultural outing tomorrow so I thought I might as well get blogging. As I said last week at this time of year with the short days I don’t see the garden apart from at the weekend, although I did notice towards the end of the week that it was more twilight when I drove home from work… Read More