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Equinox Garden

equinox sunset   And so the year turns and the Autumn equinox passes.

 

At last, after so many days of dry weather we have had some rain, this seems to have refreshed the garden – it was looking very tired. I notice that as I walk down the path in the mornings, my feet take me to the studio rather than the potting shed. My Inner Artist is saying “Enough with the gardening – time to make beads, stitch bags, create art” (My inner gardener however mutters about digging borders, planting bulbs and creating a new flower bed on the boundary between us and next door)

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Autumn has arrived, it must have, Downton Abbey and Strictly are back on our television screens. The garden, however, is having none of it. Autumn, what Autumn? It has pulled out all the stops and is having a last Hurrah!

“Ignore us at your peril” the flowers call as I wonder to the studio – and I notice that I haven’t picked the dahlias in a few days.

dahlia

 

D. Karma Lagoon has flowered and flowered this year – and is perfect in vases. d. Karma chocolate is also good.  This year I hid all my Karma chocolate amongst other plants in attempt to hid them from the ear-wigs – it worked so well that it also hides the flowers from me!

The Salvias have been an absolute joy. S. Amistad is has joined them this year and it is a delight Although, it still in a large pot where it will stay until the Spring, when it will get a proper new home in one of the beds.

salvia

Although Amistad wouldn’t stay still for a photograph – not like s. confertiflora, also in a pot as it is slightly tender and I take it into the greenhouse over winter. I find the flowers of s. confertiflora so unlikely that they make me smile when ever they catch my eye.

golden-light

In the low afternoon light, the garden is full of deep shadows and bright sunlight

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It is going nowhere quietly!

 

 

Why I love September

Over at Veg Plotting, VP asks “Why do you love September?”

September is my most favourite month of the year, especially when we have golden days like to-day.

I will let the 4 images speak for themselves!

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inula-seedheads

althea

seat-in-gravel-gardenAlthough – I do wish I had time to simply sit ….. maybe next week

I’m Bad

I’m a bad blogger, it is official – only 3 posts THIS YEAR. How rubbish is that?

Anyway … moving (quickly) on …..

What a wonderful summer we have had. To-day of course, the weather has reverted to wet and windy, and so, I am here, in front of my computer and having deleted zillions of rubbish emails from my inbox. Trashed gazillions of spam comments from this blog, updated our Gardening Club blog which has been languishing in a neglected corner of my mind for three months I have finally arrived here. I am practising displacement activity as once more, it is only 10 days until our garden opens again for the NGS, on the 7th September!

Age should really come with a health warning. Seriously, I don’t understand how time can fly past so quickly. Our June open garden was fabulous. We had a brilliant day, both weather wise and in the number of visitors through the door. The only lull was about 20 minutes at lunch time and I was pleased with how the garden looked, fresh and summery. Today, as I look out over the garden it has a very different feel – not better, not worse, simply different. It also has a sense of maturity this year.

Anemone and dahlias in the keyhole garden

The wind has been softer this summer (for the most part) the plants have stayed upright (for the most part!) Although this morning I did spend a lot of time beetling around with canes and string. One of these days I am going to seriously invest in plant supports that work I find that some of them have such flimsy bits that stick in the ground, that really, they don’t work as well as canes and string. Especially as if you try to push anything into our garden you are more often than not, likely to hit rock.

I did alter one area earlier in the year – for those of you who have visited the garden – it is the small square space behind my studio. Shedman had his greenhouse there for a couple of years, but last year he moved it to be with the other greenhouse and polytunnel. So a couple of weeks before the June open garden (Yes seriously a couple of weeks before … madness) we created wider borders, and put down a square area of bark for a table and chairs and all the “tropical plants” that spent last summer lurking behind the greenhouse, together with some dahlias were put in this area, some in pots and some direct into the ground.

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The wooden arch that was at the gate into the main garden was moved down here and the passion flower on the studio is reaching out for it! Although next year I will probably plant something else to clamber over it.

small table and chair among the tropical plants

This area really has become a little secret hide-away at the bottom of the garden. Also, as the majority of my tender plants are in here there is more chance of them finding themselves safely protected in the greenhouse for the winter. When they were scattered across the garden some were always missed!

Of course, now that I have created this area it does mean that I will be altering the planting to the left hand side of the arch in the top picture. I have bought a couple of shrubs, which are waiting in the wings and in the Autumn the left hand bed will be getting a bit of a make over.

So there we are … that’s me, still here, still planning plant combinations, still gardening, How about you?