It’s autumn and usually the perfect time for planting out. I’ve a few plants that have been kept in pots as the ground in the main border has been too dry to plant them out. I’d planned to do this job this week as there was some rain forecast but it didn’t arrive, sadly. I tried to plant a couple of them but the ground there is still very dry so they remain in their pots. At least I can keep them watered that way.
- In a different area of the garden the summer conditions caused Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’ to retreat below ground – it did the same last summer. However, the rain that we had last week was enough to restart it into growth. The new fronds have grown at an amazing rate.
- This unnamed Honeysuckle grows over an arch by the glasshouse. It’s an early flowering variety but this year, yet again, the greenfly arrived at the same time and completely disfigured the flowers. It then lost most of its leaves in the heat but, like the fern, it’s making a late comeback.
- The ‘jungle’ plants in front of the shed have needed a lot of watering but have really enjoyed the heat.
- In the main border the Michaelmas Daisies are adding a lot of colour. This weeks star is Symphyotrichum novi-belgii ‘Flamingo’. This plant has taken a few years to establish itself but has now made a reasonable sized clump.
- I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to water the Dahlia bed any more but did so the other day as they were beginning to suffer. The following day they looked so much better. This week I’ve chosen D. ‘Night Butterfly’. It’s a collarette variety and much loved by the bees.
- I started with a fern and I’m going to finish with one. I used to work in a garden that had a large collection of ferns and one that fascinated me was Woodwardia orientalis. I’ve always felt/knew that it was too big for my garden but last year I succumbed and planted it in the fern bed. It’s definitely going to get too big but I’ll get lots of pleasure from it until then. A new frond unfurled a few days ago and is a beautiful bronze colour.
The first of my bulbs arrived this week but I’ve nowhere to plant them yet – I’m not complaining, just saying. I find that it’s an exciting and sad time of year in the garden – exciting planning bulb planting, areas to revamp and plants to lift and divide but sad as the summer plants go over and herbaceous plants start to look very tired.
Thank you to Mr P. for giving me the opportunity to share my garden with you, I hope you’ve enjoyed the peep in. Catch up with him and other Sixers at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/