End of month review: September

Sadly, I suppose this is really the end of summer review.

The olives are at least 2 weeks ahead of last year. Almost ready to harvest

When the olives are ready, you know it’s autumn.

Last week it was still summer but the beginning of this week the cold wind and dark mornings and evenings declared it is autumn.  Today is lovely but there is a coolness in the air that makes it a pleasure to be outside but remind you that you must find your autumn warmer clothes and put away white linen – it won’t be needed again this year. This is the moment  to think about which plants were successful, which failed to live up to expectations; which combinations of textures or colours worked together to make a ‘whole picture’ and what failed to impress.

Abu Husan tulips and Stipa tenuissima look great together

French Lavender looks great with Tulipa Negrita

Rosa Molineux, Nepeta, Hemerocallis and Kniphofia work well together but I don't like the bare soil between them

Actually I never like seeing the soil, it’s the reason I plant too close together and have to divide so regularly.

Sysirinchium and Stipa tenuissima

Stipa again, it looks wonderful with almost everything.  I’m definately going to use it as the linking plant on the slope I talked about last month.

Roses and Gaura

Gaura is another plant that weaves its way around other plants.  It flowers all summer and continues until the frost.  Something else that will work on the slope, giving the impression of a meadow or prairie planting

Arbutilon and Hermerocallis - great together

Sorry these are mainly successes but like everyone I didn’t photograph the things I didn’t like, though this will be a lesson to me to do just that, as though I think I’ll remember what didn’t work  I probably won’t and will be angry with myself next year when the same thing happens again.  It is in this way, the time spent writing the blog will actually pay off.

I always like this part of the garden

Lavender over the path with tall Hemerocallis behind

The Hemerocallis are also very versatile.

The upper slope that was planted last year has grown well, I just hope I can get the rest of it planted during October!

Upper slope at the end of June

The lower slope waiting to be planted

After last month’s end of month post several of you kindly recommended prostrate rosemary – which is there!

What is clear looking through my photos is that in August I didn’t take many photos; there is a reason for this – the sun is so hot that nothing really wants to perform and of course the fact that bright sunlight makes photography difficult.  I must find more plants that will look good in August.  Also my time was spent harvesting from the veg. plot, so much to pick that there wasn’t time to sit and ponder in the garden.

20 thoughts on “End of month review: September

  1. That tulip and stipa combo is truly stunning! I also love the stipa with the Sysirinchium, which is a new plant for me, but looking it up it seems it wouldn’t be happy on my heavy clay, like verbascum, and salvia for that matter. Ah well! Your upper slope is looking wonderfully dramatic – look forward to seeing what you do with the lower slope. Always a pleasure to have a peak at gardening in such a different climate. Envy you the olives.

    • Just had a very quick look at your end of month post. I’ll look again when I have more time. But if you do find seed of Sanguisorba, do let me know.
      It’s good we all have different growing conditions as it makes for interestly different gardens.

  2. Greetings from Johannesburg!
    Strange to find spring / early summer flowers in bloom. Irises, Heremocalis, Plumbago, Jacaranda and lots of plants I don’t know the name of. I heard that my bulb order was delivered yesterday – lots of planting to go home to!

  3. Gorgeous combinations – colours and shapes! I’m at the phase of inviting ornamental grasses in my garden and it’s great to see how they work in your garden.

    • Grasses are probably my favourite plant group. It is almost windy in my garden so their movement is a constant joy. Miscanthus are jsut beginning to flower now, I post some photos of them too. Grasses also really help blend a garden into a natural landscape which is important for me and I think you too.

  4. Thanks for joining in the end of month meme. I think it takes a bit of convincing to show photos of things that havent worked but personally I am finding it easier and its a good reminder, as you say, of what went wrong.

    • Thank you for letting me take part in the meme. I’m finding it really useful. It’s really helpful to think things through, then hear ‘blog friend’s’ comments.

  5. Dear Christina – seriously useful to have a resumee of planting combos. I love Abu Hassan with Tuipa Helman – and S tenuissima a good cooling factor. When are the olives harvested?

  6. Wow! I love your garden. I have spent a while looking at your last few posts. I’m afraid my own steep slope is shameful compared to yours. I planted it with little planning, thinking that if I planted self-seeding, low maintenance flowers it would just take care of itself. Ha! This year the weeds have flourished, and many of the flowers disappeared. I will have to do a better job of getting rid of the weeds, plus plant more plants to cover the space. I have just added russian sage, gaura, and some knockout roses. Plants that have done well include solidago, garlic chives, day lilies, and asclepias. Asters are a problem. They grow too tall and flop over, and they have lost most of their leaves except at the top. I am thinking of pulling them out, but the flowers do have a nice color. The soil is rocky clay, hard to work with but good if well amended. It is hard work, but this area was a real eye sore. I think I can learn from studying your posts about your own slope.

    • Thank you for your comments. Perovskia and Gaura seem to perform well in many situations and are lovely together too. My slope is too dry for roses, sadly and too difficult to irrigate. This weekend I’ve begun transplanting some of the numerous stipa tenuissima that have self seeded around the garden, this will be the basis and link plant for everything else.

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