End of Month – October 2013
I can’t believe it’s November… Others at work have said the same. I’m not sure if I’m glad or sad time is passing so quickly!
Onto the garden, well it’s pretty much the same as the foliage photos. Only everything is a little more dead or a little more yellow/orange.
Asters continue to bloom, although it’s proving very difficult this year to get good photos because it’s been raining so much I can’t get outside. I managed only a small tidy in the garden a couple of weeks ago but I have to be careful walking around too much on our heavy clay soil i.e. I can’t walk on it and try to avoid walking too much on the grass as it’s boggy already in patches and I don’t want to make it even worse.
Therefore I haven’t thinned the buddleja and shrub roses yet in the front garden… Fed up of the rain; it’s beginning to feel like last summer all over again.
It would be perfect for planting/dividing if only I didn’t have the heavy clay. So all plans of taking plants to my parents have been put on hold until it’s dry enough for me to divide things.
Only few shots this month because it’s been too wet. I had to run out in the brief sunshine to try to get some photos. Everything seems to have bypassed the autumn colourful stage and gone straight to black mushy nastiness.
The right border, isn’t too bad but would benefit from a quick tidy – if I ever get the chance! The top side of the border has more colour with Rudbekia in bloom and some Salvia still going.
Flat-topped Aster on the right has suddenly turned black. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed this happen before; a result of the wet weather I assume.
This border isn’t too bad either, again would benefit from a quick tidy but I think mostly looks OK – really I just want to rake up the leaves and pull out the seedling geraniums from the flint.
Here we go, Veronicastrum at its worst. I *have* to cut it back because I can’t stand to look at it like this.
Perhaps the only border that I think is fine! No real complaints so far, there’s a large Geranium wargrave pink by the gate that I need to cut back but for now it’s OK.
And finally, a bit of Harlow Carr. I should bring it indoors for a vase…
I have been kept busy in the house though, working on emptying the loft for new insulation in a few weeks. I had already started throwing things away ready for moving. But this has given me a kick to get it done. Most of the boxes in the loft don’t even belong to us and are my parent’s or my brother’s. Frustrating ; our spare room is now full of my mum’s boxes. I haven’t even brought my brother’s down. We spent most of today bringing the last of our boxes down and sorting through them… We can barely get in our own bedroom!
We are supposed to go to Chatsworth tomorrow for their bonfire display… Tonight has been cancelled due to (more) heavy rain and high winds. I’m actually expecting ours to be cancelled too. In fact, I’m almost hoping it is because I’m not looking forward to slipping around in the mud.