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October is a hard-working month in the garden!

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There’s always so much to do at this time of year. And now that I am opening the garden next summer I am even more motivated to improve things and keep on top of all the jobs. Luckily today was a gorgeous day and I’ve been outside all day.

I started by removing some plants from the pink and blue raised bed and spacing everything out to give my plants room to grow. As you know, this bed is full of very heavy clay which I have been improving steadily. Every time I remove a plant, I also remove the surrounding clay and add lots of compost to whatever I plant. Today I took off the top layer of most of the clay where all the weeds were and dug it all over. Then I added a good weed-suppressing mulch made of composted woodland material. I also added a lot more Purple Sensation Alliums (90) in all, and replanted some purple Primula Denticulata that had been growing on in the veg. beds all summer. They had put on superb roots, so should be ready to flower in the spring.

Then I got down to cutting off the top growth of some more of the Dahlias and putting them in the greenhouse to dry off in their pots. Later I will remove them from the pots and store them in the garage over winter.

The planters were all dry, so everything has had a good water and seems to have perked up again. Theres still loads to do…the lawn treatment needs to go down, the white garden has a lot of cutting down to do, the compost bin needs to be emptied. And on it goes! I’ve ordered three of the lovely Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ after recently saying I wasn’t going to try it again. The thing is, these winter flowering cornus not only give super colour in the depths of winter, but they also make super supporting plants for the herbaceous plants during the summer. So I’d much rather have more Cornus than more ugly plant supports. So, hopefully they will grow. All my red-stemmed ones are doing brilliantly.

Right, that’s all the work for today and here are the photos! :) Thanks for looking in…this blog is more of a ‘diary’ than anything, for my own reference. I hope you weren’t bored.

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I'm waiting for the first frosts so I can really get into the cutting down and the moving of the plants I want to put into winter storage. You have some brilliant colour still in your gardens. It's a treat to see.

29 Oct, 2017

 

Oh, thank you HB, yes it is still very colourful. Long may it continue. The Crab Apples are wonderful as usual. I have one that has yellow apples and it hasn't produced any fruit yet, so that's something to look forward to next year. It was struggling where I planted it originally, so now I've moved it and it's really taken off.

29 Oct, 2017

 

nothing to get bored about here CK. beautiful really beautiful.
I must get into the garden and do some serious work but at the moment I have hurt my back and I've been doing lots of patchwork and general sewing.

29 Oct, 2017

 

Sorry to hear that Sbg, I hope you are taking care and that it will soon feel better.
Karen when you cook the yellow crab apples the juice turns a beautiful golden colour just like the red ones do.

29 Oct, 2017

 

Thank you SBG. I do hope you feel better soon. I hate having a sore back. It's depressing. Get well soon x

HB, I have yet to cook any of my crab apples. The John Downies were all eaten by the Labrador behind my back, and the other ones stay on the trees for their colour and to feed the birds. Its the John Downies I want to cook...maybe next year if I can get to them before this greedy Dog!

29 Oct, 2017

 

Karen I feel tired just reading abut all your hard work!
Your garden will surely look fantastic by OIpen Day!
Sbg, do look after that back...

29 Oct, 2017

 

Thanks Stera :)

29 Oct, 2017

 

Now how could anyone be bored reading your account, Karen? Though I have to admit I did feel like a lie-down! Guess when one loves something, it isn't "hard" or tedious.

Your garden looks great and will be sensational next year. (Hope I'll still be around to admire the photos!)

30 Oct, 2017

 

Aw Eirlys...I hope you will too...are you under the weather at the moment? I have to admit, I didnt sleep well at all last night after over-doing it outide, and am exhausted today. Funny how being too tired stops me sleeping. As my friend just said, I should have had a good dram before bed!

30 Oct, 2017

 

Your garden looks wonderful and the autumnal colours of your view really set your garden up beautifully. I did a few jobs yesterday but your list made me feel tired. I'm sure your garden will be stunning for the open garden. :-)

30 Oct, 2017

 

Lovely autumn colour. Wish my garden could look that good, well I will keep on trying...

30 Oct, 2017

 

Thanks Jen and Amsterdam xx

30 Oct, 2017

 

We had a tree surgeon here at the beginning of the month to raise the crown of our copper beech on our neighbours side. He brought his golden lab with him and we thought he was bringing us a tennis ball to play with but it turned out to be one of the cooking apples...lol

31 Oct, 2017

 

...and a look that said..see how clever I am...can I eat this now please? ;)

31 Oct, 2017

 

Busy busy busy. I try and get the garden reasonably tidy by Christmas, I work on it until Christmas, then have Jan off and start again in Feb.
C Midwinter fire is one of my favourites, the leaves right now are so bright and those stems all winter give pleasure. I do hope they grow well for you. If all fails you could try red stemmed and yellow stemmed willow as an alternative.
You're going to be dashing around even more now you're opening, all good exercise and fun.

2 Nov, 2017

 

That's a great plan Dawn! I shall do the same if I can, that sounds like a great idea. My Midwinter fire are tiny. But I shall try to get a bigger one as there is room for one more. :)

2 Nov, 2017

 

I think the coloured stems are great for winter interest and the winter is a long period after all.

2 Nov, 2017

 

It is..couln’t agree more. The red stems light up so well in the winter sun. I love a good winter garden...but not too many dead grasses and dry seed heads...not keen on the ‘Prairie’ fashion. Although it looks good in a very large garden...but not in a small one like mine.

3 Nov, 2017

 

Only relatively small Karen! Many Goy members will consider it quite big. But agree the prairie look would be wrong for it. Siting the dogwood is important - I like it where the late afternoon and evening sun catches it when it just glows. But I guess in your garden that would be just about anywhere...

3 Nov, 2017

 

It really would Stera. Anywhere in the front garden, but not in the golden border because that is pretty shady in winter. The sun is too low to get above the shadow of the Ash tree so the lower lawn and golden border are pretty shaded. Thats why I’m constantly fighting moss. Yes, a medium sized garden, but for an Open Garden it is quite small. Many of the Open Gardens up here are big Country Houses with a good few acres. So I now describe it as a ‘Small Rural Garden’ so people won’t be dosappointed with the size if they come to the Open Day!

3 Nov, 2017

 

I've been cutting back perennials again today, I find it difficult to leave them over winter as they look so battered and go off at right angles.

4 Nov, 2017

 

Once the winds get to them Dawn, they look very messy.

5 Nov, 2017

 

Agree Karen.
On another subject, I've just been on Hywels blog which got me looking online at hardy/perennial Chrysanthemum. Do you grow them?

5 Nov, 2017

 

No, sorry. I only have a few of the more tender ones in pots. Im not going to keep them.

5 Nov, 2017

 

Thanks Karen, was thinking they'd give late colour but the frost might get them first.

5 Nov, 2017

 

I saw a feature on them on GW recently. They are nice..some nice colours.

5 Nov, 2017

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