We’re decently into Autumn and the main gardening activities now are cutting back and planting bulbs. And, for me, building, if you can call whacking a lot of wood together “building”. Ed 3’s planning stages spawned some baby Eds. I kept the babies simple. Oblongs and straight lines (some of which are bent). Some little things for future sixes.
But all is not yet lost. There is still plenty of colour in the garden, even if most of it is green. Over the last year or so, I’ve gradually introduced plants which combine to produce almost year-round interest. Not quite finished yet and maybe I’ll leave a little gap in the calendar; after all there are things to do besides gardening and the occasional rest period keeps my sanity alive. On the other hand, maybe “rest” equates to a bit of pottering around outside.
But I don’t see this as the end of a lovely summer. Rather as the start of the opportunity of autumn. OK, largely the opportunity to get wet!
Today’s photos have been impacted by storm Callum (or Calum, depending on where you’re from). So a but dull and dreary in the available light. But we carry on regardless in homage to our ruler, Mr Propagator (who is not known for jumping around in the garden in a leotard), whose blog of the day will gradually get longer as more of the international cohort of Sixers (or Sossers if you prefer) add links to their contributions.
1 Something I Rarely See Here
As I’ve been harvesting more grapes than I can eat and forcing bags of them onto anyone who dares to get close, I’ve been reflecting on the absence of blackbirds. They seem to have nipped off somewhere, maybe to Gill Heavens’ scaffolding for a meeting to re-enact that scene from The Birds. But their absence means I have berries at long last. Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’ is the representative of Cotoneaster, Holly and Blackberry.
As I’ve said a fair bit, my hardy fuchsias haven’t really performed well this year. But, at last, one is putting on a little spurt of little flowers. An expert told me the name of this variety is something way to long to remember; indeed way to long to pronounce in a single breath. But the label said “Hawkshead”. Whatever, the flowers are pretty enough but the plant is a thug. If I didn’t dig a trench around it every year it would have taken over a whole border by now. In fact I’ve tried to eradicate it without success.
3 Another Alstroemeria
Most of my alstros are metre-plus high giants. This is a smaller variety from the butterfly series. Only a bit over a foot tall but nicely clumping for a plant that was a mere rootling last year and only went into the ground in the spring. I’m growing some more of this series which, I hope, will turn out to be purple(ish) next year. Meanwhile I expect this plant to flower for about another month. Some of its larger cousins are about to open in a late flush too, if the frost holds off a bit longer.
4 A Last Hurrah
Rose ‘Wild Edric’ is the only one of several here which put on a decent show this year. And it’s produced one last bloom to sing out the summer.
5 The Obligatory Edifice 2 Shot
Ed 2 is still quite colourful. I think I got the planting plan right for once. Here’s a little grouping of Tulbaghia, Hylotelephium and Symphiotrichum.
6 And Talking About Edifices
The team at WoodblocX (well actually a designer by the name of Calum – no relation to the storm) have (has) translated my sketch plans into the final design. Parts have been ordered, resident cat has been put out to stud to raise the necessary funding, and I should be unloading a pallet or two in a week’s time. Meanwhile I can only wonder if I’ve gone an edifice too far this time. To save the mathematically inclined trying to work it out, it’s 11.775 metres long, a maximum of 1.5 metres deep and half a metre high. The soil estimate is 12.3 metric tonnes. It’ll keep me out of mischief for a few days.
The weather forecast for today is not good with heavy rain, thunder and lightning and some nice gusty winds but I’m undeterred. I shall be sitting indoors, bravely watching a film or something despite the worst the weather can throw at me. Or maybe I’ll get bored, don my waterproofs and plant some of the 2-300 winter and spring bedding plants that I over-ordered (again). I think I over-ordered bulbs too – I need to count them up!
Until next time, enjoy your garden.