No doubt about it, autumn is here. After this summer’s weather I didn’t think that there would be very good autumn colour (based on what I’m not sure) but some of the trees around here are colouring up really well so, hopefully, I’m wrong. There was a useful amount of rain yesterday but I’d managed to take some photos of the garden a while before it got too heavy.
Things are starting to slow down in the garden. I’ve taken some cuttings, some of which have rooted and been moved on, I’ve finally put the plants that are large enough in the ground so I decided for this weeks Six to stand and stare – to take in the overall picture and to appreciate the colour and texture that is still looking good. Here are six areas of the garden (it’s also the whole garden!) and one plant from each.
There’s a sleeper step up to the top of the garden where I have some Hostas in pots. The colder nights mean that their leaves have started to turn a lovely buttery yellow colour.
- If you were to then turn around this would be the view. Just out of shot is the fern wall behind the Birch tree.
On the right, against the back of the garage are two more ladders for the succulents.
- Walk through the arch and you’re in the glasshouse area.
On the right is the shed and side wall of the garage. I grow Ricinus every year but it’s been too dry for them this year and only one has amounted to anything. It’s made up for the others though as it’s taller than the garage.
- Through the arch (with the Honeysuckle growing on it) by the glasshouse and you come to the main border and Dahlia bed. Here’s the right-hand side area
The narrow border on the right has a mixed hedge and then the drive. It’s a very dry spot and I’ve struggled to establish plants here. Over the last couple of years I’ve changed the planting to mainly Hylotelephiums and grasses.
- And here’s the left-hand side.
The tall Michaelmas Daisy is Symphiotrichon novae-angliae ‘St Michael’s’
- Finally, round to the front garden.
The climbing Roses are still putting out a few flowers
It’s been good to stand and stare and it’s made me appreciate how well the garden has done despite this years challenging conditions. There are gaps where plants have been lost but they don’t show when looking from a distance and will provide new planting opportunities.
The photo at the very top is Dahlia ‘Edge of Joy’. It’s a weak plant and I feel it’s on the wrong side of joy and am a bit disappointed.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tour around my garden. There are lots more gardens to see at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/