End of Month – September 2013
Another month has passed, this time I’m uncertain how I feel about its passing… Excited for the festivities ahead, yet saddened that I’m no longer on holiday and am in the middle of a rough stretch at work that makes me lament about no longer being on holiday.
Well, how is the garden doing? OK actually. Some trees are turning on my way home from work but most are still looking good, however I’ve been out around the city today and in other areas there is a marked increase in autumnal hues!
The main indicator in my garden so far are the Astrantia, which btw, do not die well.
Although, the autumn sun backlighting them does look really rather pretty!
Also, the Asters are really late this year? What’s going on??! By the time they’re blooming it’ll soon be too cold/dark/wet. Normally my large unknown pink/purple ones bloom when the butterflies are still around and they’re brilliant magnets for our fluttering friends. This year mine have only just begun to bloom and not a flutter in sight. I had hoped, as it’s been much warmer over the past few days that perhaps some would come out, alas. Nada.
It feels really strange not having any bulbs to plant this year… I’m tempted to get some bulbs to force indoors, but otherwise I’m not adding any to the garden. I think this has caused me to become a little estranged from the garden as the grass is damp so I can’t sit on it anymore – morning dew, not due to rain as we’ve had no real rain for the past couple of weeks. I was able to mow the lawn during the week and hope it’s the last time I have to do it this year. The only other job I’ve had to do so far is partially chop back the buddlejas, nothing else yet needs tidying.
Admittedly there aren’t many blooms, but some none-the-less. Most are at the very top of the plant, which is well above my head so I often miss them when around the garden and only really notice them when I’m in the house looking out.
Past its peak, although still offering some colour/interest is the Aster border, really I ought to change its name because I only have the one Aster. It will be quite a task to chop back the Persicaria this year and if memory serves me; it does not die well. I’ve tried on various occasions to catch the airy blooms of Pheasant’s tail grass, here you can just make out the cloud of purple stems; I feel I should move the grass into a better position where I can enjoy it more.
I think I would quite like to have more Sedum around the garden.
Knautia has never really done well here; probably because of where I planted it, but oddly enough Jacobs’ ladder can be seen blooming to its left…
Leaves on the Black Elder are showing the first signs of turning and actually I think they look rather pretty! My other type is mostly hidden by various plants at the moment so I forget to look at its leaves.
As you can see, the right border needs some tidying. The Willowherb, Sweet rocket and Yarrow ought to be cleared so not to detract from the remaining green… although soon it’ll all be brown so is there much point?
I’m disappointed with the climbers on the upper tier; Gertrude Jekyll hasn’t bloomed again and the Clematis’ haven’t bloomed at all. None of them. ‘Sweet sensation’ and ‘Etoile Violette’ has put on a lot of growth but no blooms and it’s obviously too late now. Meanwhile ‘Willy’ that blooms in spring but will often bloom later in the year, has also snubbed me. I’m not too surprised about willy tbh, but the others really should have bloomed, I gave them plenty of compost earlier in the year and kept them well watered in the dry spell.
I’ve also come to the conclusion that Astrantia and Echinops definitely DO NOT die well.
A few weeks ago I spied heather blooming in the front garden; I’m pleased to see them back for another year. Those rubbish little heathers I bought reduced to only £1, expected them to survive for only a few weeks at the most to provide a little colour in the newly planted window border have in fact survived their third season. Yes they look out of place, and aren’t the most exciting, but a small splash of pink and white is welcome right now.
Pots by the front door still look good, Coreopsis is beginning to die and the Salvia ‘hot lips’ is slowing down but I’m quite happy with them still for now.
To the right is one of the Asters still yet to bloom. I have a feeling it won’t. It’s so late on now, and although I can see buds on it I’m not too hopeful. The white to the left is barely blooming too but has plenty of blooms… I’m waiting for the profusion I had last year… hrm. At least the Erysimums have begun to bloom again (Can only see one in the background and another in the bottom right, but there are more). With any luck ‘Susan Williams-Ellis’ will bloom soon as she has buds ready; an unknown white rose is blooming just out of shot to the right as well as two other pink roses, so there is other colour.