There are times when gardening has to take a back seat, and I have two such afternoons each week. We had mixed weather again this week, some days heavy rain, others gloriously sunny. On two of those sunny afternoons we were back on the beach, and of course, the play park on the prom, with our two-year-old grandson, a little boy who has the ability to spread his own sunshine wherever he goes. I’m sure I could have been getting some plants and bulbs into the ground, and making the most of the good weather, but when you have a little person who waves, smiles and calls out ‘Hiya’ to everyone he passes, gardening jobs that you are desperate to tackle, become less pressing.
Every person we passed responded with a smile and a friendly acknowledgement and it’s nice to think that one little person’s warmth perhaps brightened up someone else’s day. We grown-ups could learn a lot from little children.
Friday however, was all mine, and that glorious sun was still shining and back in the garden I did get some plants into the ground, a few bulbs into pots, I removed Lavatera ‘Baby Barnsley’ (more of that below), deadheaded, cut back, and did some general tidying up. It doesn’t sound much, but it made a difference to the appearance of the borders.
Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’
The flowers of Graham Thomas are a strong yellow, and right now it seems to have forgotten that this is October, with plenty of strong, healthy cupped roses on each stem, and with more buds getting ready to open. The leaves are marked and a bit tired looking, but overall, this lightly scented shrub rose is putting on a pretty good show.
Rosa ‘Queen of Sweden’
This rose is looking as beautiful now as it was in summer – if not better. The flowering plant behind it, Lavatera Barnsley Baby is distracting – it has grown too tall, too wide and shortly after this photograph was taken, I cut it back then dug it up. A neighbour then claimed it for a space outside her garden fence, at the side of her house. Cutting back should have been left until early next year, but hopefully, it will survive.
This clematis featured on the blog, as a new plant, on 30th May this year, and it’s still flowering well. There are another 6 or 7 nice fat buds that should open fairly soon, and I’m hoping that it will continue to flower for another few weeks.
Look what has been delivered! This wooden box with a sliding lid contains Camassia, Allium sphaerocephalon, Narcissus and Tulip bulbs. 😊
I’m planning to use the box to store my dahlia tubers in the garage during winter and it should be fairly easy to find. Husband’s garage could never be described as a tidy place, and bulbs & tubers in cardboard boxes quickly vanish from sight. I should be able to see this one! After spring it will then revert to storing bulbs – unless I find a better use for it.
Lupin ‘Tutti Frutti’
The ‘Tutti Frutti’ plants were grown from seed this year and I’ve been watching to see what colours each plant produces. So far all the flowers have been purple as shown in the photograph taken this week, plus a couple of cream spikes. The plants have only been producing one flower spike at a time, but I expect (hope) that it will be more prolific next year – assuming they make it through the winter – or the snails don’t get them. If they were all purple and cream I’d be perfectly happy with that.
I was at my kitchen window on Tuesday evening when I noticed a bright splash of red in a border on the right of the garden. For a few minutes I couldn’t figure out what it was, but then I realised that it was the climbing red rose that is having a second flush of flowers. From the window I was looking through the conifer border onto a second border and beyond to a third. I stopped preparing dinner (some things are less important than others), lifted the camera and went outside to take a few shots.
In the foreground, we’re looking between conifers towards Hydrangea ‘Limelight’, with the red roses pushing through foliage beyond it. In the background is a third border showing two Japanese Anemones and an H-frame (which I really dislike) supporting the wisteria tree that has been uprooted twice in storms, so this frame was an essential addition, but I’m looking forward to the day when it can be taken away.
Have a great weekend everyone! We’re in for a rainy weekend here so any gardening jobs I do will probably have to be done in the greenhouse, but I hope it’s sunny where you are! Take care and stay safe.
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All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated