Wednesday’s Wander Round the Garden

For a few days last week we had a bit of an Indian Summer, or that’s what we call it over here, a spell of unseasonably warm weather in late September early October. I’d just put my summer clothes away too so I got some out again when it was 20 plus degrees!

I spent the good weather in the garden, starting the autumn tidy-up. Sometimes I look at the garden and think it got away from me again, but then realism steps in and I have to admit that it probably took over six months to fully recover from the nasty wound infection I had last Christmas, so actually it’s not too bad!

I’ve started in the patio area down by the conservatory. The garden arch had gone rotten and was pretty wobbly, I was just waiting for the clematis to finish flowering before I cut it back a bit so I could remove it’s support. The rose on the other side (Teasing Georgia) hasn’t been good for the past few years, getting lots of blackspot and generally not thriving. It was one of the first David Austin roses I planted so it’s probably 15 to 20 years old, anyway I decided to dig it out, replenish the soil and buy a new rose.There’s always concerns about rose sickness when you dig out one rose and replace it, I’m hoping that removing the soil around it and adding lots of compost the next one will be happy. I’ve ordered Wollerton Old Hall as a climbing rose, it’s bare rooted so it won’t arrive until next month…plenty of time to build a new arch!

The whole bed where the rose was needed sorting as it was overrun with huge geraniums and astrantia, I love both plants but they were getting a bit much. So, I’ve dug up and moved lots of plants, I’m sure I won’t have got it all so there will still be geraniums there…just not as many! It also gives me chance to improve the whole bed, this bit has the worst soil in the garden with very heavy clay, so I’m putting lots of compost in and some pea shingle to help break it up.

Once that area was cleared I carried on tidying up the beds, cutting back perennials, weeding and thinking about what needs moving or splitting. The birdbath and the wire goose have re-emerged from behind all the foliage, the birds love to sit on the goose’s head when deciding which feeder to go for, or eyeing up the worms! There’s still lots to do but it’s already looking better,

The roses are still trying hard to put on a show, dead-heading throughout the season does help to prolong the flowering. This little pink one is down by the conservatory, I think it’s called Fairy,I needed a short rose there so it doesn’t block light into the conservatory and this one works perfectly. It’s still got lots of buds hoping to bloom…

Up by the summerhouse at the top of the garden the cotinus coggrhia is a gorgeous mix of reds and oranges. As you can see I haven’t started tidying this bit yet! The sedum is a lovely shade of dark pink at this time of year, it really needs splitting when I get round to doing this bit. It’s flopping in a huge circle and apparently that is a sure sign that it’s getting over crowded.

I really enjoyed the warm days in the garden at the weekend, we’re back to the usual October temperatures now, so it’ll be big coat time in the garden! There’s lots to do out there 🙂

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to Wednesday’s Wander Round the Garden

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    Looks fabulous to me. Am I right in thinking the whole garden is on a slope? Do you have flat areas? Is it terraced? I ask because my forlorn patch is all higher than the garden.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Cathy, our garden is on quite a steep slope – I once calculated that our drive was about 1 in 5 or 6, the previous owner terraced it so we have three steps up to the patio with it’s raised bed about 3′ high, then about 10 steps up to the top where we have the Amber and Amethyst garden, the lawn with the summerhouse and the pond, it’s then another three steps up to the back lane…keeps me fit!


  2. tialys says:

    It’s looking lovely regardless. We are decorating at the moment – finally managed to employ some plasterers to re-do the bedroom ceilings – so all this good weather has had to be spent indoors pepping for painting in between the endless online meetings the Head Gardener has to attend.
    Our copious Japanese Anemones need cutting back. I want to dig some out – they swamp everything else in the vicinity – but apparently that risks disturbing the ground elder roots causing even more spreading so I’m not allowed to.
    We’re having the same problem as you with a wobbly arch only being held up by the foliage growing all over it.
    It’s beautiful again here today with clear blue skies which started with a low mist so no mistaking autumn.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      I’ve never had any success with Japanese anemones, everyone else complains how they take over an area, not in my garden, though I do wonder sometimes if I mistake the overwintered plants for weeds – I had that problem with the first geums I bought!

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  3. Juliana Ellington says:

    I always enjoy your garden tours and plans. I almost felt like I was standing beside you while you chatted with me about what you have been doing and are planning to do. You are such a good writer!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    We spent much of Monday morning put the garden to bed, just in time, because it snowed Tuesday!

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