We did a couple of hours in the garden this afternoon – the first part was mainly concerned with sorting out the guttering on the shed, though! Thanks to our neighbours, we now have guttering and just needed to add endstops and a downpipe leading to the blue water barrel. So we did that and now the runoff should go in the barrel rather than all over next door’s new shed.
I took Mum to the garden centre this morning as she wanted some wallflowers and I wanted something to go in the troughs under the front window. The geraniums are still doing well but I didn’t want to leave it any longer. The intention was to avoid the usual pansies/violas but apart from cyclamen there wasn’t really much else to go for – then we spotted some mixed trays of violas and cineraria. Various colours of violas, so I went for a “citrus mix” – yellow, orange and white/yellow – which look lovely and zingy and should brighten up the front even on a gloomy winter day. The geraniums have moved into pots and are on the patio now, they’re still flowering and have new buds coming so we’ll see if they make it through the winter.
Apart from that there was a bit of general tidying up, and I finally dismantled the tomato canes and growbag, which has made room to move the cordyline into the greenhouse well in advance of any frosts.
Lots of colour still, which is pleasing, and we have the two large mahonias in flower – one is a little further along than the other, but the other has several large flower heads so once they open it’s going to be spectacular.
The penstemons Flamingo and Bodnant are still flowering away happily – Sour Grapes hasn’t flowered at all but is fine and has put on new growth, so maybe it just needs more time to settle.
Dianthus are still doing well.
And the abelia is looking lovely – it really seems to have hit its stride this year and I’m so pleased with it.
Not bad for half past October.
One morning this week I realised that almost overnight, the lime tree at the end of the garden had started to tun yellow. Then this morning I spotted a few things I just had to photograph.
A spider that has set up home over the veg trug by the back door:
A very, very pink dianthus amongst the clary and the artemisia:
And this rudbeckia, which seems to think it’s a dahlia:
We usually get a fair bit of variety in the annual rudbeckias but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like that.
Aiming to get some bits and bobs done today – the hedge by the greenhouse needs trimming, the tomatoes have just about done everything they can and the last fruits need to come indoors to ripen, and I am thinking of planting my little perennials (from plugs and cuttings) into the empty veg trug for the winter. The annuals in the ground are still doing well enough that I don’t want to pull them up to make space yet, but putting things in the trug will at least get them outside where they should be, and the trug can always go in the greenhouse again if it gets very cold this side of Christmas. The cordyline needs to go under cover this weekend too.
I have got some time off this week so anything that doesn’t happen today might just have to wait a few days!
Mum’s garden is still looking lovely and colourful, with lots of summer flowers still showing off.
We weren’t just there today to admire the flowers, though. Last Friday I took Mum to the garden centre to spend the gift card we gave her for her birthday – the main thing she wanted was a cold frame, and we found a flat pack one which was nice and light and went in the car eventually after some reorganisation. So I had promised our services for putting it together. It went together fairly well, especially if you leave out the part where we put the back panel on upside down and the wrong way round. The space next to the greenhouse is the perfect spot for it and within minutes Mum already had plants in it.
Benji supervised us, of course…