Here is my End of Month View and I guess the End of Summer View too. However, although the garden is somewhat subdued, there is still lots to look at.
The garden is looking barer as annuals are pulled out and herbaceous perennials are cut back. Beech leaves are swirling around and the berries are turning reds and oranges. I guess Autumn is really here.
This is particularly evident ’round the side’. I think Autumn suits this area of the garden.
Here the lovely white heather is in full bloom. I am trying to establish a heather border to the right of the path, but others are taking a little longer to get going.
It is that time of the year when I find any excuse to wander around the garden, trying to get some inspiration about what would look better elsewhere and what would look better just not there at all!
Things get planted in the wrong place for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I have just used an existing plant to fill a new space, sometimes it is the only space available for a new plant and sometimes it is just me putting something in the wrong spot either for the comfort of the plant or the comfort of our eyes!
So, inevitably, at this time of the year it is all change – many things will be in a different and hopefully better place next year. I like to do it now rather than Spring as the frosts and hard grounds can sometimes last too late into the year.
I did promise myself that I would look back over my photos and do some better planning this year, but I have already started some impulse buying. . . .
I just can’t help myself!
We are having some lovely sunny weather at the moment – perfect for sorting out the garden.
On Monday I counted no less than four butterflies. I had a lovely time with my macro lens trying to capture them.
In my garden the purple Erysimums are their favourite, closely followed by the Verbena – they only seem to like purple flowers and are totally ignoring the red Sedum flowers they are supposed to like.
There have been two star plants this month.
The first is in the rockery – the blue gentian Sino Ornata. This is a few years old and just gets better every year. It is lovely to have such vibrant colour when much else is fading. These plants do need a lime-free soil though and further South may need some shade.
The second was a group of four Lobelia Cardinalis. They were bought as quite mature plants to fill a gap, and so did not get eaten by the snails as a younger plant might have been. Their red colour has been dazzling for a good two months. I do hope these survive the winter and the new spring growth survives the slugs and snails.
Shame about the pink antirrhinum which was not the colour I bought!
Another of my favourites is the Acidanthera which was so late in flowering I though it wasn’t going to. It doesn’t do very well here as not many of the bulbs actually flower, but it is worth it for those that do. The spikey leaves are great in the borders too.
Although there are plenty of flowers left, the leaves in the garden are now turning colour. Some will only be this beautiful for a very short time.
The berries, too, are now ripe and the birds have started to eat them. I hope they leave some for the bad weather, though they probably know I won’t let them starve.
It looks like another dry day – time to get some of those bulbs planted. . . .
Thanks to Helen for hosting this End of Month View. If you would like to see more gardens at the end of this month please click through to The Patient Gardener blog.
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