It has been ages since I posted anything that wasn’t either ‘In a vase on Monday’, my ‘Tuesday View’ or about foliage for Garden bloggers’ Foliage day. There is a reason for the lack of posts – during the long hot period of drought the garden wants to sleep much as it would do in a northern winter, but to me the period of rest is less tranquil than sleeping under a blanket of snow; the plants fight to survive, the dormancy a forced shutdown that leaves even many drought tolerant plants looking dreadful and herbaceous plants and deciduous trees look as if they are slowly cooking.Living with my philosophy of sustainable gardening isn’t easy.
This year was worse than other years; a wet May and June gave false hope that it would be good for the plants. This wasn’t the case, the wet conditions encouraged everything to put on far too much unsustainable growth that was soon browned to a crisp in the months that followed.
The September rain helped the garden immediately but not my lack of enthusiasm. Only now when I see the walnuts almost leafless and have to admit that winter is coming am I slowly beginning to enjoy walking around the garden to see what is growing and flowering.
The weather this week has been very mixed; warm at the beginning of the week, a couple of days of heavy rain and another couple with gale force winds – not easy for the garden or for me.
It seems that there are flowers from all the seasons this week, everywhere I turn I see something new emerging including, just now, an Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokker’.
Monty Don (BBC Gardener’s World) said as autumn began that he considered it the beginning of the growing season rather than the end; that might be because he suffers from depression and it helps him to be positive or it could be true – now is the time that plants set seed to begin their life cycle all over again, it is now that we plant bulbs to fill spring with colour; so with that thought that we are at the beginning and not the end here are a few images of my garden today and yesterday.
Rosa mutabilis shows its full colour range in the cooler weather in summer the blooms become deep cerise almost immediately.
This should continue to flower all through the winter
As I write the wind is still blowing a gale but the sun is shining; I wish you a good gardening weekend, either to complete the autumn clear-up, plant bulbs or just generally enjoy your garden. Christina