Six on Saturday 2020 31-10

This isn’t the autumn I imagined. Walks in the park filled with rich colour and crisp leaves that crunch underfoot; cold, bright days, warm scarves and cosy boots. October 2020 has been rain, rain and more rain – with winds that strip the trees bare before they’re quite ready to give up the leaves of their own accord.

I’m cheered though, by next week’s forecast that shows by the middle of the week, some dry weather is ahead, with temperatures dropping…it’s been a strangely mild month. Perhaps next week it will begin to feel a bit more like autumn.

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Six on Saturday 2020 10-10

The warm September and early October weather has been appreciated, by me and by the plants, especially the roses. They’re not all looking good, some have succumbed to the advancing season and others to the effects of black spot, which has been awful this year. There are a few that are looking great, and although they’ve been shown on the blog in the past, I can’t let the season pass without allowing them another weekend in the limelight.

The warmer weather also brought back the aphids and I’ve been trying to squish as many as possible when I see them, but it’s turning cold now, and hopefully, that will finish them off because my gardening gloves have been getting into a terrible mess. Yuck.

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Six on Saturday 2020 05-09

Autumn has arrived, and I’m still wondering whatever happened to summer. The days are shorter and I’m opening the greenhouse later in the morning, and closing it earlier in the evening. By next weekend I expect that all my Cosmos and other bedding will have been removed and I’ll be complaining about empty borders.

This week I’ve had two days out! Pre-Covid-19, a day in a park and a visit to see a long-time friend would have been ordinary, every-day events, but after a long lockdown, I am cherishing those two days and hopefully I’ll never Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 05-09”

Six on Saturday 2020 29-08

If anyone had told me a few years ago, that I would be out in the garden in the pouring rain, cutting back plants and lifting others from a muddy border I would have laughed and said, “Me? No, not me”. I’ve always been a fair-weather gardener but in recent years I’ve come to realise that you can’t always wait for dry, sunny days.

The border revamp is fairly well underway and this week we’ve removed Sambucus ‘Black Beauty’ and Lavatera ‘Rosea’. It was a wet, messy, muddy job with my husband doing all the heavy digging (he wasn’t enjoying it!) while I was tasked with removing all branches and stems to clear the way. Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 29-08”

Six on Saturday 2020 22-08

Roses, cosmos and various annuals are still growing, but the main colour in the borders is now being provided by dahlias and the rudbeckias featured in last week’s post. A couple more dahlias have good strong buds, and they should flower in a few days. Fingers crossed.

However, the garden is looking a little bit weary now. It’s had a lot to contend with this year. The unusually hot and dry spring, followed by a cold and wet summer, then a hint of August warmth combined with torrential downpours must have been as problematic for the plants as for gardeners.

This Tuesday’s rain hit the ground and flowed like a fast-running Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 22-08”