We have had beautiful mild autumnal weather this week and yesterday I took advantage of it to spend a happy few hours starting to tidy up the front garden ahead of planting new bulbs. (The joys of freelancing and being able to plan my own time!) There is still lots to be done but with each little area cleared there is a sense of achievement.
Thanks to The Propagator we get to record all the small changes in our garden each Saturday throughout the year. Don’t forget to check out his blog and comments.
1. Rosa ‘Vanessa Bell’
First up is a picture I featured on Instagram this week because I think it is such a perfect example of a late flowering rose. Vanessa Bell from David Austin was a new addition to our garden this year and she is in a slightly awkward spot. Clearing the bed around her is on my to do list. She has still managed to produce some beautiful blooms.
2. Dying sunflower
At this time of year I actually relish the signs of decay in the garden and I think there is a different beauty in this blackened sunflower head. I can’t bear to cut it down just yet.
3. Fatsia flowers
The appearance of these alien-looking flowers is a sign that winter is on the way. I love the architectural interest the Fatsia produces year round.
4. Erigeron karvinskianus
Our Mexican Fleabane is still flowering its little socks off by the front gate.
5. Wood Sorrel
Please ignore the bindweed in the background, this photo is intended to show that the wood sorrel which first flowered in spring is back again thanks to the sunny weather.
6. Phlomis haircut
In case you’re wondering what I was up to in the garden yesterday here’s a before and after shot. Our old Phlomis was a bit sorry for itself this year so Fred helpfully suggested I prune it hard. This is what I have done then cleared around the base to make way for some cyclamen and the Silk Handkerchief collection of bulbs from Peter Nyssen.
The sun is still shining so I am hoping to get some more clearing done today although living in the famous bonfire town of Lewes, we have the first bonfire parade of the season this evening to prepare for. My daughters and I dress up – appropriately – as land girls. Maybe I’ll feature a pic in next week’s six.