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The garden at the beginning of October.

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We have had very little rain throughout September and as I was weeding and forking through the borders last weekend I noticed how very compacted and dry the soil was. Even so, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a surge in fresh new growth and flowers on several of my plants. The roses in particular are looking fresh and blooming well.


The Chrysanths are flowering so well now, I’ve cut no end already…


Elsewhere around the garden there are spots of colour showing still…


..and finally, some of the clematis are blooming again…

All in all, the garden is hanging on to a few nice flowers. I will enjoy it for as long as the frosts stay away. If the weather stayed like this until April it would suit me right down to the ground…:o)

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It all looks so good,H.bird..it has definitely been a good year,hasn't it? your Roses are a delight..and the pink anemone is lovely too..Lets hope they carry on for quite a while yet :o)

2 Oct, 2014

 

Agree with you about the winter, and isn't it great the way Roses respond in dry clay!

2 Oct, 2014

 

Love the Eucomis. Which one is that

3 Oct, 2014

 

A grand selection of flowers there. What a pretty penstemon.

3 Oct, 2014

 

Oh this looks to good to be true Homebird its hard to realize we are into October with gardens looking as good as this, may it last a little longer.

3 Oct, 2014

 

It looks lovely, Homebird. The roses are beautiful. I have noticed a late second flush of lots of things as well. It is so warm!

3 Oct, 2014

 

I love those Chrysanths, I used to have the bronze ones and white ones, lost them a few years ago but seeing yours in bloom and remembering how long the flowers last I really must get some more, its grand to see so much blooming in everyones garden, I know we need the rain but the sunny days are a real treat...

3 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks everyone. It has been nice to enjoy the warmer weather for longer than usual and the plants obviously agree. As I walked up to church today to take my contribution for the harvest festival it was a treat to see so many dahlias and summer bedding flowering away in the gardens I passed. I do hope it's going to be a milder winter for us this year.

3 Oct, 2014

 

All looking great HB it's hard to believe the summer is officially over. The Gladioli is a stunner. Not sure I agree with you about the weather lasting until April...think of all the bugs the cold weather kills.

4 Oct, 2014

 

Your garden is lasting well into the autumn. That's nice. Your Chrysanths are wonderful ! :)

4 Oct, 2014

 

Cold weather brings its own bugs, though. I remember my GP telling me about Infective Winter Vomiting, and how the doctors mapped it street by street across the town! Ugh!

4 Oct, 2014

 

Gosh H/B, all your photos are just great. Your garden must be huge, all that hard work you must put in. Well done

5 Oct, 2014

 

Thaks Melchi, I feel better for that...not!

5 Oct, 2014

 

Thought that would go down well! (Better than coming up ...oh dear, sorry!)

5 Oct, 2014

 

Glad is great.......Clematis ........Chrisanths & Dahlias & others . Some I have too. Roses might carry on a bit longer

7 Oct, 2014

 

Still some wonderful colour there Homebird. The flowers have kept well and the roses have been lovely this year.
I've noticed that the grass isn't quite so actively growing now we have the colder nights.

7 Oct, 2014

 

Your garden colour is lasting so well Homebird. I have been out digging a few knackered plants up after rain overnight. Fuchsias still providing colour. I have dug up 3 eucomis bulbs that have self seeded too. Try them in a pot next year.

8 Oct, 2014

 

There is a distinct nip in the air this past week around here but surprisingly the flowers are standing up well even with the heavy rain every now and then. Hopefully the soil will be workable now and I can get the plants in that I have been bringing on in pots. I'm waiting for the first frosts before I dig out the dahlias as they are flowering well. I want to move the climbing roses too but they are sending out new growth still. I feel like I'm in limbo waiting to get stuck in..
My eucomis have never self seeded Dorjac. You are lucky..
Yes the grass has slowed right down now Linda. We haven't had to mow it for over a fortnight and it doesn't look as if it needs doing yet.
I hope the plants have another few weeks flowering Bill. It's shortening the winter. :o))
Thanks Melchi, we used to find more vomiting bugs when people started on the salads as the weather warmed up. I've had a corker of a cold recently, a gift from my grandson as soon as he started pre-school..
Waddy, I suppose there are pros and cons for warmer weather. I just love to be warm but I do enjoy wrapping up and being out in bright crisp air. It's the damp cold I dislike about winter.

Thanks JohnJoe it pretty much takes care of itself now. It's not hard work pottering and weeding. :o)
I love my Chrysanths Hywell. They've been great this year.

10 Oct, 2014

 

That is probably quite correct, Hb! I hope to keep clear of them all regardless of the season!

It's certainly cooling down. What a great summer it's been, though. My only regret is that my new Passion flower, now covered in buds, is unlikely to produce any flowers - the leaves are just starting to yellow. I am thinking if picking some and bringing them indoors to see if they'll open.

10 Oct, 2014

 

Lots of great autumn colour, thanks for sharing it with us.

11 Oct, 2014

 

David the flowers are still hanging on in there or should I say, out there..lol. The roses, chrysanths, penstemons, clematis and dahlias are amazing. It's great to see. Now the Cyclamen are starting to flower. I am so pleased with my garden at the moment. It will be interesting to see how long they can carry on.
Have you tried the Passion flowers indoors Melchi? I have a couple of buds on mine, I will bring one in and see if it opens in water too.

13 Oct, 2014

 

I haven't tried yet, Hb. I keep hoping at least a couple will open, because we're still having reasonable weather, but I'm afraid it's probably too late now. The problem is it does't look very vase-friendly, being long and twiny with buds along the stems. But I shall try, and see what happens.

I am very pleased with the number of plants that are still flowering happily. The chrysanths are good, and the fuchsias are still going strong.

14 Oct, 2014

 

Hi Homebird The EU or Encomis pots were near the garden in a half shaded part near soil. The seeds fell onto the soil and I let them get on with it, when I identified the shoots as possibly eu/encomis. The bulbs are over an inch across and have grown there 2 or 3 years. One of them tried to bloom. They did very well in big pots for several years and are frost hardy too I find. The seeded heads are just as decorative as the flowers, hence seeding happened.

14 Oct, 2014

 

I have brought a couple of stems indoors. They are very pretty, even with unopened buds. One did open outside, but only lasted a couple of days. I shall be very surprised if any more open now.

22 Oct, 2014

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