At last, a dry week! I have managed quite a bit of raking the leaves which have come fluttering down rather quickly and had a few sessions in the woodland getting ready for snowdrops, some of which I have found are up and nearly flowering. We had our first frost last night so yesterday was spent making sure that the greenhouse and conservatory were well prepared, the greenhouse isn’t heated so the plants there just have to take their chances, the conservatory is heated to just +5C, hopefully everything will be ok. when I go to check. The following photos have been taken at various times during the week, ready for todays S.O.S.
Acer Osakazuki has gone from bright pink/red to silvery grey. The leaves all came down quite quickly and I am left with hundreds, if not thousands of seeds.
I sowed some outside last year, but something nibbled them all before they had a chance to grow, I think I will try again, but try inside this time and hopefully give them a better chance of surviving.
Iris unguicularis Walter Butt, in the driveway border was flowering well all week, I hope it doesn’t regret it with the frost overnight.
The flowers are looking rather nibbled, but even so it still looks rather lovely.
More autumn tints, this time the Wisteria on the garage is having its final fling before dropping its leaves.
I have lots of Campanula poscharskyana in various places around the garden, they are all putting out a few flowering stems, looking very springlike.
Snowdrops are pushing through, it won’t be long before they are flowering, so I must get on with the tidying. This is Faringdon Double in the back garden.
When tidying the woodland the other day, I noticed that G. Little John was well up and thinking about flowering, maybe the frost will hold them back a bit, I would rather they didn’t flower yet, I feel it is too soon.
Just a week ago I showed you tight buds on the Camellia in the back corner of the garden, what a difference a week makes!
This was the first plant that I bought when we moved here 33 yrs ago, it is now a large shrub and absolutely covered with flower buds, unfortunately I have forgotten which variety it is.
Hopefully the frost won’t affect it and it will carry on flowering all through the winter, making the back corner of the garden look rather pink.
I have had a look at my Chaenomeles which often starts flowering in November, not this year though, lots of buds have formed but only one tiny chewed flower has appeared so far, definitely not worth photographing! Everywhere looked very white once the sun came up, it made such a change from the eternal wet, hopefully it will kill off some of the nasties! Thanks again to Jim at Garden Ruminations where you can see gardens from around the world.