October favourite views

October has been the most glorious month (so far, as we have been promised storms and rain from Sunday).  I am now sure that autumn is my favourite season.  The gardens comes back to life (literally) after the furnace that is summer; Early September saw some lovely rain but October has been dry. Continue reading

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Tuesday View 10th October 2017

The overall view hasn’t changed much but I have begun moving plants out of the bed and finding them new homes (that takes more time than planting new plants.

Tuesday View 10.10.2017

I planted some of the Teucrium that I removed under the Quercus ilex in the clipped shrub border, and some was put on the Slope

Newly planted area of the bed with Lavenders and Santolina grown from cuttings plus some Irises. I know they look very small and insignificant now but they’ll soon grow

Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ is flowering too well to be moved. The cuttings I took last month have all rooted and some are forming flowering stems, which I am removing

As there isn’t very much to show in the weekly view I thought I’d share with you some of the other views I’m enjoying this week and show you some of the dishes I’m making with the produce from the garden.

I’ve been using the pomegranates I showed you last week in this delicious salad by Ottolenghi using celery and pearl barley

I also harvested all my quinces and made Membrillo for the first time. It is delicious but I have my doubts about how long it will last

The evening sun shining on a large pot with Solarnum jasminoides

Just a pretty colour and texture to share

I’m not sure if Cathy at Words and Herbs is posting her view this week but it would be worth checking as she has some great autumn colour from her Acer.

In a Vase on Monday – Aster, stars of this season

Cathy of Rambling in the garden challenges us each Monday to pick flowers from our gardens to place in a vase to enjoy in our homes.  It is also a very accurate way of seeing what is flowering well each week as only the most prolific blooms will be picked from the garden or from the beds many of us have decided to dedicate to cut flowers. Continue reading

Tuesday View – beginning a new ‘view’

Cathy at Words and Herbs asks us to join her by posting one view each week so we can assess progress through the year.  Since she started the meme I’ve been posting a view of the Large Island looking towards the drive; however as that includes many evergreens the view doesn’t change as much as some other parts of the garden, so I’ve decided that as I will be working on improving the Left side border this winter it would be a better choice to share with you each week. Continue reading