Oops

Yesterday when I got in from work I took some photos in the garden, then almost immediately forgot about them. Well, at least I remembered this morning!

I’ve been meaning to photograph this confused hypericum all week – for some reason it’s flowering again (Mum reports that hers is, too):

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A rather pretty pale pink dianthus (no idea of the variety):

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And the Virginia creeper starting to do its autumn thing:

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If you look closely you might see the spider, fairly central and towards the top. I took a close up as well though – it’s the biggest garden spider I can remember seeing.

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Don’t have nightmares!

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A photo a week – week 17

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All the 17s – week 17, 17th September 2017… is it anyone’s lucky number?!

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So much pink

This rosy-pink vision greeted me this morning – the sedum has finally decided to flower!

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And a few more photos

There might be some more later, the camera battery decided to give up part way round the garden which was annoying!

Anyway, I went out to the greenhouse to check on cuttings etc and move a few things outside for their own good, mainly the salvias which will be going in the ground very soon. Last week I succumbed to a special offer of 36 herbaceous perennials (plus a free pair of snips) for the princely sum of £5 – they are teeny tiny plug plants so as soon as they arrived I popped them in cell trays and divided them up so Mum could have half. The 36 were 6 each of digitalis, echinacea, armeria, verbena, scabious and coreopsis. I took Mum’s round yesterday (along with a couple of Salvia “Hot Lips” which have grown from cuttings). It looks as though we have each lost an echinacea already but even so £5 is still a pretty good deal. In return Mum gave me some hardy wallflower cuttings (I took some from ours before digging it up but have no faith in them taking) and some cuttings from a penstemon she has in the front garden, which has dark red flowers and has grown absolutely enormous.

On my way back from the greenhouse I spotted some flowers on the abelia “Kaleidoscope” – to be honest I’d forgotten it was meant to flower, it’s been sitting there for a couple of years now and I don’t think it’s flowered before, it just has lovely evergreen foliage. Apparently the flowers are meant to be fragrant too.

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Most of the branches have buds at the ends so we can look forward to it being a bit more showy over the next couple of weeks.

Once I was out there with the camera it seemed rude not to take a few more pictures to give a little flavour of what’s doing things just now. Mostly it’s things that have been flowering for a while and are still going strong, though we do have some random out-of-season flowers on the rosemary. Berries have appeared on the cotoneaster and the honeysuckle but I failed to get photos of them as the battery ran out.

Penstemon “Bodnant” continues to stand out against the artemisia:

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And has more buds coming:

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The hellebores are starting to wake up, though it does look as though something’s chomping on them. They’ll recover, they always do:

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The fuschia is still doing really well, and there are a few dianthus buds waiting to open as well:

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And this is the one and only begonia to actually do anything.

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Even as a self-confessed not-a-fan, I have to admit this is a pretty flower:

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Definitely starting to feel autumnal now, though. On Friday I’ve got the day off work so I’ll be taking Mum to the garden centre. We need some daffodil bulbs as ours are nearing the end of their natural – we had hardly any flowers this year – so I want to get some new ones. Planting spring bulbs is a sure sign that summer’s over!

 

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A photo a week – week 16

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A photo a week – week 15

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Looking a bit less chaotic

Sometimes I think the best short description of my garden would be “Surprisingly chaotic, given how small it is.” Today marked the late summer attempt to re-establish some form of order, and one of the last big efforts of the gardening year – there’ll be some planting of daffodils next month and no doubt some removal of annuals over the next couple of months but most of the big stuff will be left alone now.

Yesterday before I could photograph the mystery tomatoes I had to evict a spider from the greenhouse doorway:

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I felt a bit bad about it but the web was right across the middle of the doorway so there was no other option. Today there’s a very similar spider setting up home in the apple tree:

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So I’m hoping it’s the same one, and she’s found herself a location where she’s less likely to be disturbed.

The back garden is a bit tidier now. A lot of cutting back and weeding has happened. The hardy wallflower has finally been removed, after a year in which half the plant was quite clearly dead, but I did get some cuttings before digging up the rest of it so with luck we shall have some more. If they don’t take then I know Mum’s got some cuttings from hers so all is not lost.

So the back looks like this:

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J even created a new little bit of flower bed against the fence – a spot where we had dealt with a self-seeded sycamore, which had got very big and was one of the first things we had to tackle when we moved in. There was a loose paving slab over it but with the stump safely rotted off we could uncover it and dig in some compost, and pop in a few of the little seedlings I’ve been rescuing from around the place:

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A quick close up of the verbena which is lovely again, but now taller than me so will soon need staking:

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Meanwhile at the front:

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I’ve been a bit hands-off with the front this year apart from the alteration to the bed in front of the window and the new plants that went in there. By mid-July you couldn’t get right round the gravel path due to the combination of the ceanothus and the lavenders, so this morning I took the shears to them and created some breathing space. Nonetheless, it’s done pretty well and the beds are fairly tightly packed which is pleasing.

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The self-seeded nasturtium has returned, of course.

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Salvia “Hot Lips” is ridiculously big, covered in flowers and full of bees. I’ve taken some cuttings and most of them seem to be doing ok so there will (I hope) be more to go in at the back.

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And the sedum is just starting to open its flowers.

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This little chap clearly thinks the early bee catches the nectar…

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