Sadly, I suppose this is really the end of summer review.
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.
Actually I never like seeing the soil, it’s the reason I plant too close together and have to divide so regularly.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.