Looking back over last month’s EOM view, there has been a subtle change in the way the garden looks, it is a much softer light which makes everything appear more mellow with hints of yellow to be seen everywhere, summer is slipping away. I have taken my usual wander round the garden but there don’t seem to be any highlights this month. I will have to go searching for some for you, I just hope I can find some!
The Bee and butterfly border is still flowering, but only just. At the back of the border, wild Evening Primrose is allowed to seed around. The seeds are left on because I know that come winter, the goldfinches will descend in droves to eat the seed. The Eupatorium is still bringing in the butterflies, as well as all the Tortoiseshells, we now have at least a dozen Red Admirals.
I’m thinking maybe that next year I should give half the plant the Chelsea Chop and then it should flower for longer and keep all the butterflies happy for longer too.
Look who the undergardener found yesterday on the mature ivy by the front entrance, yes, the Jersey Tiger Moth. He said it flew past, so close to him showing the bright red underwing and then almost vanished once it landed. From the photo it looks very obvious but standing back from the plant, it was amazingly well camouflaged.
Also flowering still in the front border is this yellow Kniphofia. This has been flowering for a long time now, two spikes at a time, I think this is the 4th lot of flower spikes.
In previous years I have cut the Pyracantha back, which has meant that we lose some of the flowers and therefore berries. I decided to leave it this year and see what a wonderful crop of berries we have. I think in future I will have to cut the top one year and the sides, the following year. This way, hopefully, we should have flowers for the bees and berries for the birds.
On the corner of the kitchen wall is a self seeded fennel and the Cotoneaster horizontalis although mine is climbing vertically. I mentioned on my last post that I hoped the blackbirds would leave the berries so that it had food for when it was colder, no such luck, yesterday I saw it there gorging itself!
Roses are flowering again, with all the rain that we’ve had lately, it has brought them on. They stopped flowering in the heat of July and the first part of August, but have enjoyed all the rain in the last couple of weeks.
The side border by the field is a bit of a disappointment. It was planted up last year with lots of late flowering plants, hoping that this border would be at its best at this time of year. None of the Echinacea that I planted lasted through the winter, nowhere to be seen. Asters that were put in at the same time have hardly grown, they are still very small. What I have decided though is that I have far too many Hemerocallis in one spot, the foliage is all too much the same, so something will have to be done!
Rudbeckia Herbstonne was planted last autumn, it is a fraction of the size it should be. I think I will move it to the Bee and Butterfly border where it will have more room and better soil. Hopefully the bees and butterflies will like it just as much as the Eupatorium.
At the top of the side border Rosa Dark Lady is still putting out lots more flowers. Rudbeckia is still flowering along with Aster frickartii Monch but Crocosmia Solfaterre is just finishing flowering now.
Opposite the border by the field is the bed round the dead oak. Miscanthus sinensis is now flowering with its purple inflorescens. There is more Evening Primrose for bees and moths to enjoy and the tiny yellow flowers belong to Hypericum prolificum.
Round the other side of the dead oak is a Myrtus communis with its thousands of little white flowers, in front is Miscanthus sinensis variegata.
Looking towards the back garden with Iceberg rose in the front, then Rudbeckia and a pink Hydrangea in the distance.
Round the back now into the woodland. Plants were looking very stressed while we had our drought, so we had to resort to a few buckets of water here and there. The huge trees were taking every drop of moisture, but now with the rain, everything is looking a lot happier.
Any little pink or white flowers that can be seen are Cyclamen hederifolium. The ants are doing their work of spreading the seeds really well, I now have them popping up everywhere!
Who knows, if they spread enough I might end up with as many Cyclamen as I have have snowdrops!
There are still some plants sitting in pots, I really must bestir myself and get them planted!
Oh dear, the Sparrowhawk has been busy again. Most of the woodpigeon’s body was here one day but gone the next, I wonder what took it away, probably a fox.
I think I forgot to prune Fuchsia magellanica alba back in the spring, it has grown so much this year and the flowers all look like little icicles hanging there.
Fuchsia Delta Sarah and Erigeron make good bedfellows with their colours almost the same. The undergardener keeps wanting to pull the Erigeron out, but I must save it for elsewhere.
The view from the top of the steps by the back door, we have almost finished our wander.
We are now at the back door once more, having completed our wander round the garden. There has been a gentle change in the garden since last month, there is lots of planting still to do, so I must get on with that, along with ordering all my bulbs. Also lots of cutting back is needed, so I can see myself being kept busy over the next few weeks, weather permitting. There are no real highlights this time, except maybe for the Cyclamen hederifolium which have multiplied wonderfully, but that is thanks to the ants! Also I have realised that in future I must do a lot more watering if I want the garden to look happy. If we have another drought next year and if each border is watered once a week, that should make a difference shouldn’t it? Having said that, we will probably now have more floods!
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