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October 2012 garden (for my records)

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Today I thought it was high time I started to sort the borders out. The yellowing hole-ridden leaves of the Hostas looked dreadful and the bare sticks of the finished flowers were everywhere. I also needed to plant the Daffodil bulbs I have had waiting in their sack for weeks. So, armed with the border spade, secateurs, trowel and lots of bags to put the cuttings in, I made a start on the flat lawn borders. They are a bit bare now but at least I can see what is still in flower!!!!
The Sedums are a lovely colour.

I love the colour of the small acer, and although the photo doesn’t show them there are still a few flowers on the Astrantia Major. I was loathe to cut down the Astilbe as the leaves aren’t too bad yet…


The Solidago have one or two fresh flowers….

I like this pretty little plant but I can’t remember what it’s called. It comes up every year though…

The Dahlias have really struggled this year but they are doing their best to flower. Lots of buds forming but it’s a bit too late now…

The sloped lawn borders were the ones in most need of a sort out and after filling several bags with spent flowers stalks and dying leaves I was quite pleased to see the plants that are still in flower..

Even though the weather has turned quite cold and blustery again the late season strawberries are ripening. They are only small but are full of flavour. I think the flowers are pretty too.

The Gaillardia, Gladioli and Cistus florentinus continue to give a bit of late colour. I can’t wait to get the seeds I bought recently for Rudbeckia and other late summer flowers going. I have really missed having them in the garden this year.


and the Hebe is a little treasure….

The Heucheras and primroses are a welcome patch of colour in the shade of the hedge.

and the Lobelia and Geraniums have been little troopers standing up to the really wet seasons this year..

If today turns out to be as pleasant for working in the garden as yesterday I must get the top garden sorted out too. There is a bit more colour up there with the Fuchsia, gladioli Melton Pastels and Geraniums still going strong.

I am rather enjoying the garden again after feeling quite depressed about the performance earlier on. The plants seemed to be just as depressed as I was with the weather….lol

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You still have some lovely flowers in your garden. It's spring over here in NZ, & I am looking forward to enjoying our hard work of last spring/summer, when we dug out a long border running along part of one of our side fences. I love that hebe ...... Hebes are native to NZ so we love to grow them & there is a huge variety to choose from.

7 Oct, 2012

 

It seems such a long way off to spring here Dwillis. I am looking forward to seeing your photo's.

7 Oct, 2012

 

My goodness your garden is beautiful, I have not been able to garden at all since the beginning of summer, I have a lot do do, hoping from Monday, I shall make time and get some tidying up done. It has been beautiful the last few days, going out now with my digi..to take stock and a few pictures :))) Have a good day!

7 Oct, 2012

 

A lovely happy garden Homebird. It must give you lots of pleasure.

7 Oct, 2012

 

What a great variety you have there. I like the steps going up the levels, with all that green and silver.
Started mine this week so far so good. Nice to see so much in bloom after such a wet summer, enjoy.

7 Oct, 2012

 

looking lovely Hb, my dahlia's really struggled this year i lost loads due to cold and snails/slugs

7 Oct, 2012

 

There is so much still to enjoy out there and you have so many pretty plants.

My favourite pic is the one taken at the side of the steps - so stylish!

:-))

7 Oct, 2012

 

Thankyou everyone for your lovely comments. It's been so nice again today in the sunshine and with very little breeze it's felt quite warm. I am enjoying tidying up, spending time out in the garden. I wish the weather could stay like this now until April then gradually warm up!!!!!!!

7 Oct, 2012

 

Isn't this a wonderful site, where people with huge and beautiful gardens and people with tiny ones are all happy and welcome to share. We are so lucky.

7 Oct, 2012

 

I am so glad I found this site Steragram. We always feel so welcome and it's so friendly with no pressure to have the 'perfect' garden. ( or memory for proper plant names..lol) someone is always willing to give sound advice and suggestions. And to share plants and seeds. We are lucky..(o:

7 Oct, 2012

 

I'm pleased you got some of your jobs done HB...you garden is still looking good - I love the colour of that Hebe - you're gladioli are still going strong I see. Mine's blew over in the wind last week - I cut them off and gave them to a neighbour (I don't like flowers in the house) - she brought out her best vase - they are taking pride of place on her front window sill.
I can't bear to get out and start chopping away - we are having some really sunny days and that is not condusive to cutting plants back :))

7 Oct, 2012

 

It is lovely at the moment Scottish. That was kind of you to give your neighbour the Gladioli, they last for ages in a vase. I really like the Hebe too. It should get through the winter ok, fingers crossed.....

7 Oct, 2012

 

Still going beautifully Hb...:>)

7 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks Moti. I think it looks better now than it did through the summer.

8 Oct, 2012

 

You've got a lovely garden. I like those steps coming down - very picturesque :o)
That plant you don't know is an Oxalis debilis I thnk ...

8 Oct, 2012

 

Oh thanks Hywel, Oxalis, that rings a loud bell. The steps are a god send and easy to climb. They look better with the daffy and tulips down the side of them I think.

8 Oct, 2012

 

Yes I can imagine that :o)

8 Oct, 2012

 

It looks lovely, Homebird - you have been working hard. It's so satisfying, isn't it? I've been really busy indoors all week - the garden is calling to me (crying out, in fact!)

9 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks Melchi, I really aught to be getting the house in order too but on the 3 days I am not child minding it's been far too nice to be indoors.....it will get done when it's not fit to be outside. After all we are not expecting the Queen to visit at least before Christmas......lol

10 Oct, 2012

 

No - I'm not expecting her either - just 5 house guests staying at the w/e and a family-load of temporary guests on Sunday (grandson's baptism) !

10 Oct, 2012

 

Oh! that's lovely. I hope you have a really lovely special day.

10 Oct, 2012

 

Thank you, Homebird! I am sure we shall! Daughter, son-in-law and grandson are arriving tomorrow.

11 Oct, 2012

 

Missed this one, I love your garden, especially the different levels, so interesting, and such a lot of colour too.I imagine you are now up to date in the garden, we are still bringing all the tender plants in, cannot believe a year has passed already!!

23 Oct, 2012

 

Thankyou. The time has flown Dotty. I have still got a couple of plants to pot up but hoping to get those done tomorrow.

24 Oct, 2012

 

Before the winter sets in!!

24 Oct, 2012

 

It's forcast to be really cold by the weekend..Brrrrrr..

25 Oct, 2012

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