Enjoying the garden again

After the long, hot, dry summer when even the most drought tolerant plants aren’t looking at their best it takes me a while to start enjoying the garden again.  The only things that keep me interested in summer are the vegetable garden and the cut flower beds.This autumn has been very wet (I’m not complaining) since almost the beginning of September there has been some rain most weeks and often when it has rained it has truly poured.

Today was a gloriously sunny day after a completely grey day yesterday.  The sun was warm this afternoon so I decided it was time I got cracking planting the bulbs which arrived 16th September.  The tulips are all in the fridge chilling, I want them to have 10 ten weeks minimum chilling if I can, which will be the first week in December.  Today I planted 55 hyacinth bulbs.  I chose two different mixes from Peter Nyssen ‘Berry Fruits’ and ‘Ocean Wave ‘; I’m looking forward to seeing them flower and to the scent which should fill the garden.  I also planted 25 snowdrops; I know everyone always recommends planting in the green but I never organise myself to place the order at the right time so I thought I would try some bulbs now; I’ve planted them in the bed under Rosa mutablis because I know I’ll see them there, as that’s close to where the cars are parked.

This morning I showed Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’ in the Large Island and Kate at Barnhouse Garden noticed that it appeared very upright; I have to say that more much of the summer there were no flowers and it was flopped over but with the rain it is looking much better and pinker than I ever remember it being in other years.

Here’s the one planted in what was the small island with the light shining through it beautifully.

Pennisetum 'Karley Rose'

Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’

Pennisetum 'Karley Rose'

Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’

There are some fallen stems, but mostly the flowering stems are wafting rather beguilingly in the slightest breeze.


35 thoughts on “Enjoying the garden again

  1. Christina Pennisetum “Karley Rose ‘is beautiful with its flowers in the wind. I am glad that this morning you could enjoy the garden. Here it rains and it’s cold. We have lit the stove. You have planted a lot of bulbs in Privavera then be born beautiful. You have worked hard. Greetings from Margarita.

  2. I do like your pink and it looks so lovely backlit in the second photo. Would like to have some of your rain, as it is still dry here. It’s cooling off, though. The temperature dropped into the 40s for the first time last night and the house was so cold we had to turn the heat on.

  3. Snowdrops in Italy are a surprise – do they grow well there?
    In Sicily last week, I came across delightful pink cyclamens growing happily in a shady spot on a hillside terrace wall. Can you grow spring-flowering cyclamens in Lazio?

    • This morning is positively COLD Kris, I’m going to put the heating on for when we get up, although I hate the heat I don’t like being cold either. – No pleasing some!!!!!

  4. Ah! The bulbs. I had to dig and thin a lot in the spring and in consequence I have planting to do. It is not my favourite task and the ground is still too dry, sigh. I am glad you are enjoying a mild autumn, as you should. Amelia

  5. I recently planted three ‘Red Head’ which look almost exactly like ‘Karley Rose’ but just a bit taller. We’re having stormy weather so I will soon know how well it holds up. To this point, it has remained upright and catches the light most beautifully.

  6. Oh well done for planting all those hyacinths – and I am trying to visualise your bulging fridge!! Your Karley Rose is beautiful – is that one tgst is not always hardy in the UK? Strange to hear about all your rain – today looks like one of the very rare properly wet days we have had here since the very early summer…

  7. Your grasses are so beautiful! Our drought has had me in the gardening dumps. This fall is not pretty here. But someone gave me some lovely flowering plants for the garden last week, and I perked up when I put them out. Secretly I worry about how much our present drought is going to cost us. I won’t know how many plants have died until next spring.

    • I do know how you feel as my garden goes through this every summer. This autumn we’ve had more rain than I can ever remember but there are still plants that didn’t make it. I hope you will be pleasantly surprised that more trees and shrubs will survive and that they are just hibernating at the moment.

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