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Another Dreich Day...No Real Daylight. Thank Heavens for Flowers!

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I guess we should be happy…it’s so mild and there’s still a lot growing.

Sadly, the weeds are also enjoying the mild wet spell. I spent an hour and a half on my knees on the patio weeding the border today! Oh well…..:)

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Hi Karen ..
very pretty flowers .. lovely pics :o)

31 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely flowers with so many lovely colours. Each picture is very pretty.

The south west was very damp and foggy yesterday, atmospheric if you didn't have to drive in it!

31 Oct, 2014

 

Yes, thanks everyone. The garden is still very colourful. Hopefully a sunny day tomorrow!:)

31 Oct, 2014

 

It was the same down here most of the day, ah well the colour in the garden lifts the spirits. Must get out there and do some more cutting back ready for spring. The sun is trying to get out. Had a lazy start to the day been looking through my latest magazine some lovely ideas in it for Christmas decorations. Will be making some fir tree snowflakes for definite as I have to cut down some of the Christmas tree firs in the garden, will put some of those to good use. Think you might be getting out your sun lamp soon its heading for a dreary month ahead, I do so hate November!

31 Oct, 2014

 

We are having the mildest Halloween on record,very warm today. It's suppose to change on Sunday then drop back to normal Nov temps......I so want to be at home today not at work :o(((

31 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely photos Karen, is that Hebe 'Shirley'?

31 Oct, 2014

 

I don't have a name for it Annoe, but I'll take a look at that one and see if it looks the same. Thanks.

31 Oct, 2014

 

What beautiful blooms. I'm also enjoying this mild weather, it just worries me that as plants are still growing they might be damaged or even killed when the cold weather does arrive.

31 Oct, 2014

 

What you have achieved in a year blows my mind. You should go into garden design , your garden would be a good advertisement for it.

31 Oct, 2014

 

Karen, those colours are fabulous for the end of October, well for any time of the year but you know what I mean! Sorry you have a grey day, it is lovely down here, a blue cloudless sky with warm sunshine. If only I could send it up to you.

Have you received your copy of the Garden (November) magazine yet? The RHS have a Potentilla collection on offer of 3 for £9.99 ... I am going to send for the P. x tongue which has apricot flowers ... does this mean I may be showing signs of liking orange? LOL!!!

31 Oct, 2014

 

Hi Julia. That has worried me in the past too...but they always adjust. Plants are amazing! :)

Thank you Stera, you are kind. Nobody has ever asked me to design a garden for them...maybe one day ...my daughter perhaps!

Shirley, I used to be just like you with orange, but now I have changed my mind as you can see! But I'll never have a marigold! Lol!

31 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely to see so much colour!

Olive oil - the poet Thomas Hood agrees with you about November, and I think of his poem every year. Too long to write out here, but it begins:

"No sun - no moon, no morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day -
No sky - no earthly view -
No distance looking blue -
(16 more lines, and then
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds -
No-vember!

31 Oct, 2014

 

Me neither Karen ... I can just about bear the yellow ones in Mums garden!

31 Oct, 2014

 

Good for growing by tomatoes, so I understand, but not sure why.

Yes, Karen plants do seem to be more resilient than we realise don't they.

I also think Stera is dead right, you should be a garden designer, I'm sure you'd be fantastic at it. :)

31 Oct, 2014

 

Yes, you definitely have a designer's 'eye' Karen :)

31 Oct, 2014

 

How lovely of you to say so! Thank you. I was chatting with my local nursery lady the other day and said I didn't want to spoil my passion by turning it into my work. She replied..."oh, it doesn't spoil it". But i do think that if it were meant to be, I would get some signs of that, and so far all I have is your lovely encouragements. I've already invested a lot of time and money in two different career paths, neither of which were a success. I think perhaps I am 'meant' to be at home, taking care of my family. It's the only 'job' that I really enjoy...nobody is unkind or discouraging, my team mates are very grateful...I control my own 'budget' and the work is always changing! :))

31 Oct, 2014

 

What could be better than that???
And here I have to confess - when I first saw you uprooting established shrubs etc I thought Oh dear why ever is she doing that, it will spoil it - just shows what I know about design!

31 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely colour still in your very new garden, I am amazed when I see it, so established, what will it be like next year? I wonder......
Sorry to say like Shirley the weather was beautiful today, spent 4 hours moving pots around, tidying up for the winter, working on our idea for a french courtyard......nearly there!!
Shirley I rather fancy the Potentilla collection, there was one in Saturdays Telegraph that I was going to send for, and that was the same price, I just hope it is not T&M..!!! for that price they are going to be really small plants....dont you think?

31 Oct, 2014

 

Stera...no wonder. There were some nice shrubs! But I am a bit of a 'Ripper Outer' aren't I. I just knew what I wanted so had to go for it. It wasn't all that easy, there were two crackers...a big weigela Florida, which I love...and a big mahogany leaved Physocarpus. A beautiful shrub, but so dark and so big! Now I have golden leaves physocarpus and a dwarf Weigela Florida. Oh, and there was that huge Choisya that I hummed and hawed over....it was massive and right in the corner of my patio border. My dear neighbour said to me...well, I thought it was OK as it was...but now it looks so much better. I think that's the truth of it really. Mind you, there's no way I could have left that Wild rose bringing up all the paving slabs...or the dead hawthorn. I don't think the last owner had noticed it was dead! Thank you very much! :))

Angela...another overcast day here, but hoping for sunshine tomorrow. Thanks so much...it is going to be so exciting next spring!

31 Oct, 2014

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