I rather like my garden at this time of year, expectations are not as high as in the summer but there is still a surprising amount of colour in the garden. As an added bonus, any weed pulled up now is unlikely to reappear before next spring!
By luck rather than design our garden tends to look quite good in early autumn, better than August when it just tends to look a bit past it. In September everything is growing old gracefully, the acers and the cottinus coggyghria are turning red, the sedums are finally coming into flower and proving very popular with the butterflies and bees. English roses are doing their best to keep the display going whilst the hips on the briar rose hedge are starting to ripen. The rudbeckias are the stars in the AA garden at the moment with their bright yellow flowers.
At this time of year I often realise which plants are really the workhorses of the garden, I’ve got an osteospermum which has been flowering for months, quietly mingling with its neighbours, never quite the star plant but always giving a good display. Geraniums too are giving a second flush of flowers after their summer trim.
I love geraniums, I’ve got heavy clay soil despite tonnes (literally) of compost and grit over the last 15 years. Clay soil may be very fertile but its cold in winter and bakes solid during a hot summer. If I find a plant that likes my soil I tend to buy one in every colour! I’ve got blue geraniums, white ones, bright pink, pale pink, big ones, small ones, sprawling ones… penstemons are the same, at the moment I’ve got pink ones, purple ones and a white one in flower, I saw a gorgeous blue and pink one in a neighbours garden so I begged a few cuttings whilst she was pruning it, fingers crossed they look like they’ve taken 🙂
We’ve had some lovely warm sunny days this week so I’ve managed to do a bit of tidying up round the pond, we can actually see the pond now, even if it is full of duckweed! The hostas round the pond have been pretty good this year, we don’t tend to get too much slug damage there which I put down to frogs, toads and chickens, the chucks are allowed to free range round the garden during the winter months, eating slugs and bugs! It’s a shame the chickens aren’t more selective in what they eat, it would be great if they ate weeds but they definitely prefer flowers, the prettier the better so for the rest of the year they have a large run to forage in.
On Saturday I’m off to Fridaythorpe near York to do a workshop with Sue Nichols making wire sculptures. My last effort was Hubert the heron who is presiding over the pond. This time I’m planning to make a goose, so watch this space!