End of Month – September 2012
Oh my, it’s getting far too late on in the year now. Soon it’ll be my best friend’s ‘big’ birthday and not long after that, my own!!! Eeeeek.
However, the bonus is that I can now watch The Nightmare Before Christmas because after all, it is technically a Hallowe’en movie… Honest… It just happens to have Christmas in there too :)
So very excited.
The rain and floods of early last week have brought with them a dramatic change in the garden. There’s now a very obvious change in hue of many plants to yellow, orange and red. I can’t believe it was only a week ago I posted photos of the Rose that was pretty much completely green still, even the Miscanthus has turned yellow when before it had no sign of change! It’s only just begun blooming, let alone shifting into dormancy. Next year I plan to swap the Miscanthus and a Stipa round – the Stipa is hidden by the Irises and Persicaria now, but the Miscanthus is tall enough to handle them.
Apologies as the photos aren’t very good today; I just couldn’t get into the ‘arty’ mood when taking them. I was running out trying to catch the sun for better photos but it was still chilly and I was grateful for my thick cardi keeping the wind away.
With all the growth generally holding up well, I’ve put on hold bulb planting for a few weeks until things die away and I can plant bulbs around or under things. At the moment it’s too much of a hassle being poked in the face! Most of the bulbs are planted though, so it should be fairly quick for me to get the last in. If all else fails, I’ll put them in pots and then in spring can plant them in the green.
This year unfortunately, things don’t seem to be dying well, at all. In fact a lot of things look downright ugly and I’m very tempted to cut them back so I don’t have to look at them. Normally I love dead Sea Holly, but this year for some reason it looks really bad and I’m unsure if I have the patience to wait until it’s totally dead and looks pretty with frost or snow on it.
The Stipa Tenuissima is amazing at this time of year, and some of the Geranium leaves are turning. Most will last through the winter – unless hit by heavy snow, but the odd one will turn a lovely peachy pink shade and die.
I quite like this border, but do plan on moving a couple of things to help it flow more. There should have been more white Liatris, but only 2 out of 20 came up……………..
Btw, does anyone know if I can cut back the corkscrew rush to force it to produce fresh growth? Can it handle such treatment or will I kill it?
After having such a poor summer there are a number of jobs I haven’t managed to do here… and for the first time, the bird’s foot trefoil has some sort of mildew on it; I’m assuming it’s been too wet for it.
And looking at the border from the top, I find it a real struggle ensuring there’s interest from both sides… Sadly, from the kitchen the view isn’t so good, and this is where I need to work because, after all looking from the window is usually where I look at the garden.
It’s got to be said though… The Persicaria has been blooming since mid-July… What more could you want??! Oh wait, but the Flat-topped Aster has also been blooming since the end of July! Their lengthy blooming is no doubt extended by the cooler temperatures we’ve endured.
I think I’m suffering from gardening deprivation. Seriously, I’ve spent so little time doing anything in the garden this year that I’m now going crazy and doing things I wouldn’t normally. Such as chopping back the Buddlejas – I leave this until spring and stagger it so they bloom at slightly different times, but also cutting plants back which are normally left until spring to add some interest/structure/hiding places for insects over winter.