Having been away for a week and then recovering from jet lag and exhaustion from a full on trip and heavy workload before it has really been two weeks since I really spent time in the garden. Of course, it is now very hot so I am working around it by gardening early morning or in the evening which I have discovered is a lovely time to be in the garden.
There has been a major change to the garden in my absence with the arrival of my son’s workshop. Despite sending me messages to say it had been installed he refused to send photos which was a little worrying. Anyway I needn’t have worried as I think the shed looks great. As my Mum says it gives the garden the character it has been missing. There has been no real focal point and somehow by adding the greenhouse the dynamics have changes and the paths seem to work and it feel more cohesive. The jury is now out on the colour the workshop should be. My inclination is dark brown/black like the fence. I think this would help the shed recede a little and would be a good backdrop for plants. My Dad on the other hand thinks if I paint it dark it will stand out more – I am inclined to listen to my instincts.
In the meantime the Digitalis ‘Dalmation Cream’ has been flowering its socks off. I am rather pleased with the combination of the deep burgandy spots against the Cotinus leaves. The Cephalaria gigantea is also covered in flowers and proving very popular with the bees. I am really pleased about this as the Cephalaria is one of the plants that got moved rather late in the day and looked decidedly sad for some time. Also unlike some of the small Scabious it seems to how its flowers better and there is no need to stake or support.
I am particularly pleased with the Delphinium. They were grown from seed three years ago but last year, the first year they should have flowered, they had their flower stalks unceremoniously chopped off by the winds. This year I staked them very carefully and luckily they seem to have benefitted from it and are putting on a wonderful display. They are Dwarf Delphinium which I didn’t realise at the time of buying the seed but I think has paid off as if the flower stalks were taller they would most definitely be snapped off.
When I was in San Francisco one of the gardens had step-over apples, well that’s what I call them, but this expression was met with blank looks from the US bloggers, they call them espalier. The ones I saw were much older than mine and covered in apples so I was keen to see how mine were doing in their second year. On three plants I have probably 6 apples which isn’t that bad I think. I spent some time today pruning back the side shoots; it took me ages to find advice on this but luckily Geoff Hamilton’s ‘Kitchen Garden’ came to the rescue.
Finally, the roses are starting to flower and I will need to do some research to remind myself which variety is which. However, I do really like this pink one which has a good height and lots of flowers.
It’s nice to be home in my own garden after visiting so many other gardens. Ideas are already forming of things I can change and improve and the list of projects for the Autumn will probably get quite long.
Well here we are at another Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – where does the time go. It is becoming a real challenge now to find flowers in the garden and after the strong winds and rain we have had the last few days anything that was looking good is looking pretty miserable. I was going to include my Rudbeckias and Dahlias but the flowers are just soggy brown bundles now.
However, on exploring the garden I did find one or two little treasures secreted away. The Doronicum paradalianches above is one of the plants I grew from seed this year. This plant is sitting in the nursery bed and I presume that as it is packed in with other plants it hasnt noticed the change in weather.
In fact I noticed that most of the flowers that were still out were quite delicate and I wondered if this was because they needed to be small to withstand the weather whether as the big dahlias etc have been battered. The Bidens above has only just come into flower. I bought it at last year’s Malvern Autumn show when I met VP. The plant is about 6 weeks later to flower this year and is much shorter than last year when VP will remember I was nearly taking people’s eyes out with it.
This scabious is probably the hardest working plant in my garden. It seems to flower almost all year round just stopping for a couple of months when it gets really cold. I cut it back from time to time and it soon bursts back into flower. I notice that in last year’s November GBBD post Scabious was one of the few flowers putting on a show but its interesting that I didnt mention roses which have been having a last flush this year.
The roses I mentioned about a week ago are still hanging onto their flowers and this white one has just come into bud. It’s not an especially good rose; it was a freebie from a newspaper for some reason, and I have more less decided that it is on the exit list and is to be replaced with something else but until I decide what it might as well stay put.
So those are the few treasures still flowering in my garden this blustery November GBBD. For other GBBD posts visit Carol at May Dream Gardens
Small areas of my garden remain colourful at the moment. I have a couple of the above Chrysanthmums which I propogated as cuttings from one of those dumpy pots mums that you buy at service stations. The offspring are taller and definately more attractive. I particularly like the tones on this one – hence the cuttings.
This is a form of annual Scabious that I grew from seed this year. These have been excellent value flowering from around June non-stop. They got rather leggy at one point so I chopped them back thinking that they had finished for the year but no they have put on more growth and are flowering away.
Another of this year’s seedlings, Adenophora. This came out of a lucky dip selection of seeds from the gardening club I belong to, the Cottage Garden Society. It took some research to find out about it – its also called a Bellflower but it seems to me that there are many plants that are also called ‘Bellflower’!!
As I’ve said there isn’t much in flower at the moment in the garden – something I must rectify for next year. However, there is a lot of colour of the leaves changing. This week the main contributor to colour in my garden has been the large Prunus (I couldnt tell you what kind it is – it was here when we moved in) whose leaves have turned a lovely buttery yellow and are now covering the garden with a sort of warm looking duvet. They contrast quite well with the leaves from the Acer below.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden– so why not pop over there to see other bloggers blooms.