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.
The roses in the Swing Beds seem to have finally finished flowering, so it’s pretty much just the Salvias and Verbena left now.
This is a particularly atrocious photo, but I love the heavy fringe of Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’.
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.
The greenhouse beds, which were looking quite coordinated earlier in the year with blue Asters and Agapanthus, have now been overwhelmed by rampant Nasturtiums.
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.
In the meantime, the new decking is looking clean and clear. Doubtless not for long!
The Mid Century bed still has a few roses clinging on, as well as a matching Salvia.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting our End of Month Views – whether on time or not!