Yesterday morning when I took the dogs out first thing it was a beautiful autumnal morning, crisp and sunny. It was what my OH would delight in calling ‘back-end-ish!’ though he starts with that phrase sometime late June!!
There’d been a heavy dew and the leaves looked like they had little sparkling crystals on every edge. It was so beautiful I went straight back inside for my camera…
The alchemilla mollis by the back door was the first plant I spotted. This has got quite hairy leaves so it does this with rain drops too.
This is my Lady Emma Hamilton rose, I pruned it fairly hard in the summer as it got a lot of black spot, it’s rewarded me with this lovely reddish young growth. All along the edges were little dew drops.
Even the last few remaining roses looked pretty.
…and it was definitely the morning to see all the spider webs, though I was rather surprised to see just how many were on the box tree at the back!!…
The iris leaves by the pond were covered – just how many dew drops can you fit on one leaf!
Being out early also gave me the chance to check on the garden, which areas need tackling next. I did a lot of weeding and tidying over the weekend – the big bags are still there as evidence! I’ve pulled up the crocosmia leaves, they’d flopped over everything and I was vaguely hopeful that I might be able to pull a few with their bulbs out too as It does need thinning a bit, but I think I’m going to have to tackle that one with a garden fork.
The Amber & Amethyst garden still has a fair bit of colour, the sedums are just coming into their own. This dark purple-red one looks good next to the echinacea
I’m looking forward to seeing how the autumn colour works out with my autumn bed.
Down by the patio my potted cream hydrangea which I bought in flower in June is still flowering it’s socks off, it’s beautiful. I’m just hoping the non-flowering one behind it gets the idea of what it’s meant to be doing!
At this time of year I’m torn between leaving things to die back naturally and giving everything a good tidy up. I usually settle for somewhere in the middle, leaving bits for the wildlife but hopefully not harbouring diseases. It’s a good time for looking round to see what’s become a bit of a bully, what needs moving and which areas need attention, start planning for next year!