As forecast it poured with rain and blew a gale last night and there’s more to come later today. The appearance of the garden has changed so much due to several frosts last week but I hope there aren’t any more for a while as I haven’t been able to get all of the tender plants into the glasshouse yet. The Dahlias have been blackened and I’m tempted to leave them in the ground this year. I’ve done it before and they’ve survived but the slugs are a real problem in the spring as the new growth starts. There’s also the risk of losing them to a hard winter. The jury’s still out. While the deliberation continues here are this weeks Six from my garden.
1. Sorbus aucuparia ‘Autumn Spire’. I planted this in the front garden three years ago and it’s grown! Quicker than I thought it would! It’s getting quite tall already but luckily is keeping to it’s descriptive name. The leaves have been slowly colouring up, although they may all be gone after this weekends weather.
2. I used New Guinea Impatiens and Begonia semperflorens to fill spaces in the large pots and they have been reduced to slimy things by the frost. I had some of the Begonias left over and eventually planted them in a small border behind the garage. I’d intended to revamp this border last spring but didn’t get around to it. It’s obviously more sheltered from the cold (and the wall will store heat) as it’s still looking remarkably good (for bedding plants!).
3. Some Fuchsias are hanging on as well. By now I’ve normally taken them out of the big pots, cut them back hard and put them in the glasshouse. It makes me realise the little micro climates that can be created within a very small area.
4. Whilst on the subject of Fuchsias – Lottie Hobbie has lived in my garden for years. She is very hardy, lives under the Birch tree and reliably flowers from June to (usually) December. I think she had too much competition for water from the tree roots and has sulked all summer. Finally Lottie has sprung into life just as the frost arrives!
5. I bought Erysium ‘Apricot Delight’ in the spring and it has flowered continuously and prolifically ever since. It’s smaller, more delicate and more mound forming than ‘Bowle’s Mauve’. The frost has signalled the end of the flowers I think and I now realise that I haven’t taken any cuttings. Oops!
6. Spring’s coming!
Being in the garden is so good for my soul and I really miss being able to go out there in the week at this time of the year. I’m working this weekend but hope to do some serious gardening next weekend. In the meantime I’ll be getting my plant fix from all the other Sixers. Thank you for sharing.
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