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Last day of September

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Yesterday the rain poured and I mourned the passing of the summer and of all the flowers. Always a sad time of year when I reflect on how little time I actually spent enjoying the garden and how little I appreciated the riot of colour in June and July. There is always so much to do; ‘improvements’ to be made. Unfortunately we can’t go back, and so I resolve to try harder next year to just enjoy it, and to take more time to sit and stare and sniff.

Still, today was certainly another day; and probably the last day of sunshine for a while. Certainly it is the last day of the month and autumn is really here now. There is, nevertheless, another ‘riot’ of colour in the garden. Different colour of course and longer shadows and less floral spectacle…but colour nevertheless and definitely worth enjoying. So, today I haven’t done much work. I took the dog to the beach and I did a couple of hours of weeding; but then I took out my camera and recorded the riot of colour that is today’s blessing….hope you enjoyed your garden too!

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You have a beautiful and enviable garden Karen, but that is one of the drawbacks of a larger garden, there is not the time to really relax and enjoy it. Saying that, I would like a bit more than I have. Lovely pictures, really enjoyed strolling around.

30 Sep, 2010

 

Glad you enjoyed it Cinders. I really will try harder next year! ;)

30 Sep, 2010

 

Yes, you do keep your garden looking so pretty Karen and I hope your resolve to "sit and smell the roses" next summer will be your aim. It does take a lot of hours to maintain such a beautiful garden....you must be proud and pleased with all the results.

30 Sep, 2010

 

Your garden is still so lovely....and not a weed in sight!!! we all strive to make our garden "better" each year and yes....perhaps not enjoy it as much as we should.....perhaps we should all resolve to take time to "sit and stare" next year...:-)))

30 Sep, 2010

 

Looks great Karen. Do the fairies come in and tidy it each night? I don't know how you keep it so perfect.

30 Sep, 2010

 

All looking fantastic Karen, get out the pimms and relax love the long shadows that we are getting now, we have had sunshine today, first in a long long time. It makes you want to get out and work in the garden, been tying in stuff roses mainly and weeding a border and chopping down some of the Old Mans Beard, not all of it because I want to see it when the frost is on the seed heads. Just took some down which was swamping another bush to let it breath. Chopped some dead plants down to the ground think they were verbena very tall blue spikes, well they were blue now gone to seed. Chopped out the ornamental thistle also, it had died down quite a lot already. Planted up some Hellebores which arrived yesterday, need to cut the grass but rain forecast for tomorrow, if it stays fine might get it done. Love the garden it is looking spectacular, the colours are amazing, soon be spring again.

30 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks everyone. Whistonlass...definitely..it's a must!

Amblealice, I think it is a problem all gardeners have to some degree. Alan wrote about this very subject in his GW article for October...it made me smile to know that he's just the same as us! Thanks for your kind remarks re the weeds. I use a lot of ajuga to smother them!

Linda, not the fairies, but Clive the dragon...now I think he maybe comes out at night and breathes fire on the weeds! :))

Thanks Oliveoil...rained here for days also and the clouds are gathering again! All out of Pimms now I'm afraid so will have to purchase a bottle of the 'winter' stuff! You have been working harder than me I think!

30 Sep, 2010

 

This is what I call a perfect garden Karensusan63. How can you manage that? Very hard work and a lot of knowledge I suppose. I look at your pictures for hours and try to copy you, but without much success. Please keep uploading more.

30 Sep, 2010

 

Costakis, you are so kind! I will keep uploading for you, don't worry! I am a very keen gardener and I read a lot of gardening books. Funny, I'm not an avid reader of fiction, but give me a gardening tome and I'll be there for hours!! Lovely lovely rose by the way! what is it please?

30 Sep, 2010

 

Ah, I found it! Sheilas....it's lovely. Reminds me a little of my Papi Delbard which is also a climber with a lovely scent.

30 Sep, 2010

 

As you say Karen we are now truly into Autumn and even though that radiance and riot of colour that summer gives us has gone we can still sit back and enjoy the ever changing colours of Autumn. So I say put your feet up in that lovely conservatory of yours, raise a glass or two and drink in all the colours that your beautiful garden is wearing.

30 Sep, 2010

 

Mmmm....great idea in theory Stroller...until you realise that with darkness falling early I would need to be slugging it back in the afternoon...which would be fine except that the dinner wouldn't get made...which on top of the ridiculous plant spending I've been doing lately...would give OH further grounds for divorce!! :))

30 Sep, 2010

 

Enjoyed your pics Karen,and what's wrong with putting the light on to have a tipple ?.problem solved...Lol.

30 Sep, 2010

 

LOL!!! yes bloomer you're right! I never thought of using the lights!! lol ;)

30 Sep, 2010

 

Lol,Karen ...go for it girl.....:o)))

30 Sep, 2010

 

So much still going on in your garden Karen..it is so beautiful :)))

30 Sep, 2010

 

Does Clive enjoy a tipple too, or would it put out his fire?

30 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks bloomer and Michaella. Linda, no of course not, it wouldn't put it out, in fact he needs a bottle of voddie a day just to keep the weeds down!

30 Sep, 2010

 

oh good grief !! more 44 year past home sickness (ref Hywel's last blog) - wonderful =)) and thank you !

30 Sep, 2010

 

You have a beautiful garden Karen. I think the autumn always feels gentler than the garish summer. The colours are not so much 'in your face' and the sun doesn't burn me lol. Even when it rains it isn't so annoying, because it suits the time of year. Much nicer than summer.

1 Oct, 2010

 

the perfect patch :-) your garden is still looking so full of colour, and I would love my grass to look like that, but my dog has other ideas LOL
I've been busy moving things around this time, so most of the colour is now gone, but here's looking forward to the next gardening year :-))))

1 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you all so much. Your comments are so encouraging and it is so lovely to be able to share my garden with you all. Being on GOY has made me pay so much more attention to everything. I joined in January, in the depths of the dark indoors time and this has definitely been my best gardening year yet. I am still learning, but enjoying it sooooooo much! Thanks!! :)))))))))))))

1 Oct, 2010

 

Hywel are you still on about the summer being too hot!! Karen and I are Scots we suffer from rust in the summer!!

1 Oct, 2010

 

and blight!

1 Oct, 2010

 

Good morning Karen, it's your very late friend again! I always look at your new pics but forget to check blogs.Your garden looks beautiful as always, lovely colours in the sunlight and so neat and tidy. The trees are really coming on and I think you will be seeing less of your neighbours next year :-)))))

8 Oct, 2010

 

Yay! I bought an Escallonia...the white flowered one with lovely dark shiny leaves today. Another addition to the neighbour screen! Haven't decided yet where to plant it, waiting for the plants to die back a bit more.

8 Oct, 2010

 

I've bought some Fatsia and am waiting for the alloted spot to die back a bit. I think you will start to feel more private next year....well done & topless here we come!!

8 Oct, 2010

 

TOPLESS - NO NO NO!!! not a pretty sight, well not at my end anyway, lol. after saying that the youngest often sits topless (we have no neighbours) she does move very quickly though when the postie brings us a parcel. LOL. thought I would choke on my cuppa what a laugh it was.

9 Oct, 2010

 

I bought an Escallonia this year also Karen, think it will look really good next year they are pretty

9 Oct, 2010

 

That was a bit harsh Olive and I notice Karen has made no comment...Lol
Karen you go topless girl :-)))))

9 Oct, 2010

 

I might, but I'd have to hide in the Escallonia!

9 Oct, 2010

 

i love your garden and how you have to walk through it all to see other areas. thats what i'm hoping to achieve with mine next year. You should be very proud of it.

10 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks Tilly! I am pleased with it all....well, most of it, although I can always see room for improvement. I've had a lot of inspiration from other gardeners on here, although the design was completed before I joined last January. I wonder how different it would have been if I had joined up to GOY before I had decided on my layout!! I'm sure you will achieve the garden you dream of.......go for it! You've made a great start!

11 Oct, 2010

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