The garden may be dying back for the year, but I actually feel quite hopeful. I have ordered three new bare root roses, I have lots of bulbs to plant and I can spend a happy winter by the fireside planning next year’s garden.
So while this week’s six might not be the heights of floral perfection, they represent the promise of better things to come. Don’t forget to head on over to see what our Chief Sixer The Propagator and his followers have been up to in their gardens this week.
- Woodland garden
Here are some before and after shots of an awkward part of our garden underneath the fig tree from which I cleared the leaves yesterday in the hope that it would give me some inspiration. I have decided to turn this area, which is almost always in shade, into a woodland garden. At the moment it is overrun with ivy, mahonia, jasmine and common bugloss. I have some shade-tolerating bulbs to plant in this area, but any suggestions for woodland perennials I could plant here in the spring would be very welcome.
2. Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’
We have not had a frost yet here in Sussex, so our Cornus is clinging on to its flowers and foliage. I bought this from Wakehurst Place early in the year as I love this variety of dogwood for its fiery orange stems. I am looking forward to seeing them in all their glory in winter and hope that in a year or two I will be able to take cuttings. (Yes I know this area needs weeding – it’s at the back of the border!)
3. Last geraniums
Our common garden Cranesbill are clinging on for dear life. I will appreciate their pink petals while I can.
Off The Edge Gardening and I exchanged comments on how the humble nasturtium will probably inherit the earth last week and here are some of ours, still going strong in vibrant autumnal oranges and yellows.
5. Overflowing compost heap
Our somewhat untidy compost corner is struggling to keep up with all the clippings and leaves. This is going to be one hell of a job to turn, but that can wait until next year.
6. Salvia uliginosa
I featured this lovely bog salvia – a recent purchase from Marchant’s Hardy Plants – a couple of week’s ago, but I had to show it off again as I am so pleased with its brilliant blue flowers surviving into November. Fingers crossed it will make it through the winter.