Apologies for being so late with my end of month view, it was written at the end of October but the gremlins have been at work again! Modern technology is fine when it is working properly, but when it goes wrong….! We have had Talk Talk arguing with British Telecom for over 10 days now, hopefully soon it will be resolved.
Drip, drip, drip is the sound of the garden today. It has been raining a lot overnight and the rain drops are dripping everywhere. We still have warm air coming up from Africa so the temperatures are high for the end of October, nights are practically the same as daytime temperatures. Warm and wet means that the grass will be growing for some time and the rain means that there will be more leaves to sweep up! I went for a quick wander, dodging the raindrops, to see what I could photograph for the end of the month.
This silver birch tree is outside the back door and the first thing I see when I come down in the morning to get the breakfast ready. It is a seedling which suddenly appeared in the garden about 10 years ago, it has grown so quickly.
Facing towards the back garden, on the left, behind the variegated Yucca is Prunus Ko-jo no mai, matching the colour of the Horse Chestnut at the back.
In the back garden, looking towards next door’s huge oak, the small berberis in the front links with the Cotinus next to Euonymus Emerald and Gold.
Looking towards the woodland, the acer Sango kaku can be seen through the archway, day by day it is turning more yellow. At the right hand side behind the Euonymus Emerald Gaity is Acer Osakazuki, which is turning red, but taking a long time about it, possibly another week or two before it shows its autumn colours.
Still in the back garden, but looking back along the border in front of the conservatory. The conservatory is where I move all the pots with succulents to, which wouldn’t survive the winter outside here. They wouldn’t like the temperatures or all our winter wet.
This is part of the border which wraps round the side of the house, where the back door is. Where the yucca is , is the Alpine Scree, which is the only place in the garden with really good drainage. This was the old raised pond, made by the previous people, but we filled it in and put loads of grit and other drainage material in , so that I could grow a few alpines.
In the island bed round the dead oak, the Mahonia Charity is flowering alongside a purple Berberis. In the left foreground is Lonicera Baggesens Gold, in need of a haircut so that it will be tidy all winter.
Looking through to the circular lawn to where the bog garden is. The grass in this area is very soggy, boggy and will probably stay like this all winter now, I hope we can manage to cut it a couple more times.
At the side by the field next door, Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus is changing colour, soon to be a golden fountain.
The purple leaves on the Cornus beside the driveway, haven’t lasted very long at all this year, all the winds that we have had, have blown them off very quickly.
At least when the leaves do fall we can then see the red stems of Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt which contrast so well with the bark of the silver birch and we will have this combination to enjoy until next March when the Cornus is coppiced.
While wandering round taking long views of the garden, I found the winter jasmine in the front by the house, had started flowering. I can’t remember it flowering so early before, its usually December before it starts.
Also in the front, in the Bee and Butterfly border, I suddenly spotted these lovely flowers of Iris unguicularis Walter Butt. They are flowering so early, another plant that has got confused by our warm weather, this is another which usually flowers in December. So far 8 flowers have been produced but unfortunately they are all being eaten by something.
The weather is a lot cooler now, but still no frost so far. We have had lots of showers which, with the wind, are bringing lots of leaves down, that is our main occupation at the moment, sweeping them all up!
I now have a mountain of e.mails to work my way through, I will catch up with you all eventually!