Monthly Archives: November 2018

In a vase on Monday – a change from pink!

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Firstly (as we were still away) I’m sorry I missed posting as part of last week’s IaVoM five year anniversary.  What an achievement – well done Cathy!

With my more recent vases getting a bit stuck on a pink theme, I thought it was time for a change and have chosen to feature these bright and cheery orange Nasturtiums which have seeded themselves and are currently taking over one of the Greenhouse Beds.

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To these I added a few Gazanias which are still flowering bravely in both the Greenhouse pots and the Bronze Bed.   They’re actually rather more bronze than the photo would suggest, but the idea was to bring out the darker markings in the centre of the Nasturtiums.

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The fact that I can still pick such a vibrant vase and plonk it on the kitchen table in the second half of November is quite the tonic!  Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have created to cheer their Monday?

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Garden

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Last weekend saw us staying at the fabulous National Trust ‘cottage’ ‘Portland House’ near Weymouth with the OH’s family to celebrate their mother’s 89th birthday.

Those of you in the UK may remember the weather that Friday was absolutely atrocious and, as I was the one who’d come up with both the idea of a weekend away, and found the property, the sound of 60mph winds howling and rain lashing down while we waited for everyone else to arrive made me think I’d made a very big mistake!

However, unbelievably, the scene that greeted us the following morning was this:IMG_5162

And, although there was plenty of rain during the weekend, there were also fabulous skies and quite a lot of sun – even enough to prompt me to suggest a visit to the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens on the Sunday.  This was another ‘bright’ idea I was starting to regret as the rain came down, but then the rain stopped, the sun came out and we all enjoyed some absolutely fabulous autumn colour in this really fascinating and well tended garden.

Unfortunately the ‘Magnolia Walk to views of the Jurassic Coastline was closed but, to be honest, there was so much else to see we weren’t perturbed.

The photos were only taken with my phone but I’m sure you’ll get the idea.

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End of Month View – October 2018

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Firstly, apologies for the numerous dodgy photos – I’m not quite sure what the excuse is – and the lateness!

So, the good news is the work crisis, which has been hanging over me since July, has passed and we live to fight another day.  Hurrah!

The bad news is, as you’ll see, I still haven’t managed a proper garden tidy up.  (AND I let the OH go away on a golfing holiday, so no grass cutting either!)

However, bearing in mind I missed last month’s EoMV as we were away, I thought I’d post anyway, warts and all.

The usual quick twirl takes us past the decaying Veg Patch (note the Diving Lady is completely lost behind the rampant Bay growth.  They’ll all have to be cut back – anyone want any bay leaves?)

The veg are pretty much all over for the year, apart from plenty of tasty, nutty flavoured Pink Fir Apple potatoes still in the ground waiting to be dug up.

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The roses in the Swing Beds seem to have finally finished flowering, so it’s pretty much just the Salvias and Verbena left now.

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This is a particularly atrocious photo, but I love the heavy fringe of Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’.IMG_4572

I’m delighted to see a couple of the lovely Icelandic poppies in this pot are still surviving.  They really were one of my favourite things this year.IMG_4577

The greenhouse beds, which were looking quite coordinated earlier in the year with blue Asters and Agapanthus, have now been overwhelmed by rampant Nasturtiums.  IMG_4567

On the other side there’s a chaos of pots, many of which were moved from the decking when it was rebuilt.  Most need to be moved back (although some are tender and need to be moved into the greenhouse), but before I do that I must get them some little ‘feet’ to raise them up.IMG_4568

In the meantime, the new decking is looking clean and clear.  Doubtless not for long!IMG_4569

The Mid Century bed still has a few roses clinging on, as well as a matching SalviaIMG_4579

There are a few fresh looking Nerines just coming out.  These were inherited when we bought the house and I’m always struck by how incongruous they look at this time of year.

I’m not sure I like them, but frankly, with so little else going on, I really shouldn’t complain!IMG_4582

I love this brave looking bloom on the (unknown) rose by the front steps.  Clearly it didn’t get the memo from the surrounding hips that it’s supposed to be over and done with!IMG_4583

At the western end of the garden the Bronze Bed is a mess of mildewy dahlias.  Nearly all my Dahlias struggled with the lack of water this year, but these ones seemed to give up particularly early.IMG_4585

One of the better beds at the moment is the Oak Bed which still has the autumnal leaves of the Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy,’ as well as a good display of other shrubs.IMG_4587

And to finish, the old tin bath (which has currently been moved as a section of wall is being repainted).  The Pelargonium is ‘Choun Cho’ bought at vast expense last year from Crocus, but I took cuttings at the end of the year and now have loads of really vigorous plants that have largely pushed everything else out!  However, I really love the colour and shape, so I’m not complaining.  What I must do is watch the weather as I wouldn’t want to lose them!IMG_4584

With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting our End of Month Views – whether on time or not!