End of Month – October 2012
There isn’t much to say really… there’s been quite a speedy decline in the state of the garden over the last few days. There are very noticeable bare patches now, in particular the upper tier, where I once couldn’t see up to thanks to the ‘screen’ I have created using various tall perennials is now very much open and actually looks quite strange. Perhaps what’s most strange is that I hadn’t anticipated it!
The glorious golden and reds have made way to bare browns and rotten, mushy leaves.
However, the front garden is still keeping me waiting to plant my Alliums. I have been waiting for the annuals to die so I can collect the seeds but also to make room for me to get the Alliums in… at the moment I’m being assaulted by the stems instead! For obvious reasons I don’t want to pull them out because they are still blooming and providing much needed colour/interest!
(Sorry for the state of the grass; it hasn’t been mown for a long time because it was too wet to get that last cut in!)
The Chrysanthemums are keeping me waiting for their blooms… This one is a little lop-sided because I had an accident with the strimmer earlier in the year and cut of one side! Oops.
I recently dressed a few of the borders, and the window border is now looking much better. However, it’s rather sparse… I think we’ve lost quite a few purple primulas from here. I can only see the one patch in this photo, when normally the bare area is pretty much all primula. I believe they’ve self-seeded here because I never added any and my neighbour also has some in her garden. If they are gone, I’ll pick up some vulgaris instead.
Oddly, the back garden seems worse off than the front… The back is almost full south so I’d expect the plants to survive longer than the almost north front??
There’s an ugly and very noticeable gap when viewing the border from the kitchen… I had planned to move things around and place grasses and short Asters here, but with all the wet weather I never got round to it. The wall is also in desperate need of repainting but also had to be put off due to poor weather.
Anyway, there is still some colour, but realistically from now on, colour will come only from the Erysimum.
The buddleja border is dying back, and the Aster needs moving because it’s leaning so much to get some sun. I’m not sure where I could possibly put it, so may have to give it to my parents.
No plans for this space next year… well apart from removing the Aster.
I need to move miscanthus ‘flamingo’ to the back of this border and bring forward the smaller Stipa, that is being blocked by Iris, Pulmonaria and then the Miscanthus.
A closer look; it isn’t a pretty sight. Although the Veronica are already producing their new growth for next year.
Acer Katsura seems to have sped through the ‘gem’ stage that it had last year with reds, greens, yellows and even blacks and gone to gold. I imagine if there’s any winds, the leaves will soon be down.
The birds have already descended on the garden; with a severe lack of wild berries and other fruits they have flocked into the garden earlier than normal and are leaving behind lots of ugly faeces for me…. I really hate seeing this all over the plants. I’m not sure where else I could site my bird feeders though so for now I’ll have to put up with it.
No plans real for this space next year, other than moving a geranium to the slope from the upper tier and to watch the many Herb Robert seedlings that have popped up. As much as I like the wild Geranium, it really did take over this year and I don’t want a repeat.