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Very Early This Morning

mossy

By mossy

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Today I woke up very early and went out into my garden just after daybreak. This past week I have done some heavy maintenance in the garden, which will probably be the last for this season, now it will just be tidying up and clearing leaves as they are starting to fall very rapidly.

In a few weeks I will have to cut off the fonds of my poor tree ferns (which I will hear screaming as I cut them) and protect them. They will be looking like a big lollypop. This is not a time of the year that I particularly like, but I am sure that I am not the only one in this case. I can see the hostas already shrivelling up and soon most of the perenials will be gone.

In a few days I will start to make plans for a structural change on the patio but already I am starting to look forward to the Spring ……… so many weeks to wait, lol.

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Every time I look at pictures of your beautiful garden I see something different, is that a cloud pruning of a Pyracantha by any chance? and what do you do with the elephant's ears in the winter, is it in a pot , and the lovely blue flower in the 6th picture what is that? sorry to ask so many questions F.

8 Oct, 2011

 

Just keep posting your photos Mossy I could look at them all day. Are you still going to open your garden to everybody under NGS?

8 Oct, 2011

 

Thank you for your lovely comments.
Yes, my garden should be open on 17th June and 21st July next year under the NGS for general openings and will also be available for private visits. I am really looking forward to meeting people with similar interests.

You are right Dottydaisy, that is a cloud pruning of a Pyracantha. The elephants ear (colocasia) in the pond will be brought indoors for the winter, yes it is in a pot. I am sorry, but I have a mental block and cannot remember the name of the blue flower. I have had it about 12 years. When I remember, I will let you know.
Ask as many questions as you like, you are welcome.

8 Oct, 2011

 

A stunning garden Mossy, you must be very proud of it.

8 Oct, 2011

 

your garden is beautiful, a real inspiration ...love the elephants ear, would you just put the pot in a conservatory to overwinter...

8 Oct, 2011

 

Mossy I am enthralled by your garden, you have created your own Eden, lovely photographs...

8 Oct, 2011

 

Amazinly beautiful..love it :)

8 Oct, 2011

 

I like your garden Mossy. It is very stylish. You say you open it to the Public. I am not that far and who knows I may be one of your visitors next July....... IF I MANAGE TO ESCAPE THE SUPERVISION OF THE WIFE. LOL!!

8 Oct, 2011

 

Fantastic garden,Mossy..love all of it..and I would never have thought of doing that with a Pyracantha..just so creative.I can see why you have been selected to open your garden..thanks for sharing.:o).

8 Oct, 2011

 

What a beautiful garden Mossy, I love it. You must be very proud of it.

8 Oct, 2011

 

Fascinating garden, hope your open days go well for you next summer, I am sure they will it is such an enchanting place, good luck with the re-furbishing. Look forward to the new scheme. Lovely pictures of a lovely garden thank you Mossy.

8 Oct, 2011

 

I will just take the colocasia (elephant ear) into the house Cazcat and hope it survives indoors.

8 Oct, 2011

 

Your garden is gorgeous as ever Mossy....a credit to you!
Love the cloud pruned pyracantha...the pond area...and the arbour the most :)

8 Oct, 2011

 

Your garden is a creative, magical place - any time of the year! Thank you for the lovely photos.
Which heuchera is it that is a glowing yellow in the first photo?

8 Oct, 2011

 

Stunning garden Mossy...:>)

8 Oct, 2011

 

Oh, Wow!

8 Oct, 2011

 

Its wonderful Mossy. Made me think, I need to find ways of adding height to my Container Border. Its very windy here. I like the Heuchara growing out of the log, very interesting idea, and solid base. Off to the recycling centre once more to see if any inspiration there!

9 Oct, 2011

 

Now there's a garden full of ideas! Looks wonderful!

9 Oct, 2011

 

Mossy, you have a garden that I dream about, it is so beautiful.

9 Oct, 2011

 

Is the blue flower Aconitum? Hi Mossy, your most beautiful garden is looking as good as ever there, its like the clock has stopped, quite a fairy tale! Wonderful.

9 Oct, 2011

 

Thank you all again for your nice comments. Hello Stickitoffee, I see that you noticed my new baby, I fell in love when I saw it (it is still in its plastic pot at the moment, but will not be in 1/2hour). It is a Heuchera Electric Lime, it really a beautiful with red veins in the leaves.
Grandmage, you are right, it is a Aconitum Carmichaelii (Arendsii) and Bilbobaggins you are also right, its common name is Monkshood.

9 Oct, 2011

 

I am fascinated and excited by that cloud-pruned Pyracanthus...what a brilliant idea. I am not keen on it as a shrub, although I do have two young ones for the berry colour which is so pretty in the winter, and for the evergreen foliage. I think your cloud pruning is a brilliant idea. I might buy another one and have a go. The two I have are planted in the ground against my fence and I don't want to move them again. You know how much I love your garden Mossy, and I share your feelings about the long winter ahead. However, with ideas like a cloud-pruned pyracanthus you are helping us all to extend our gardening year and add interest for the winter months! Thank you!

9 Oct, 2011

 

What a lovely garden you have.

9 Oct, 2011

 

Yes, a beautiful garden, my first virtual walk around it!

9 Oct, 2011

 

Fabulous! Brilliant ideas and such interesting planting. I love it.

9 Oct, 2011

 

Stunning as ever.

9 Oct, 2011

 

Thanks for the name mossy, it certainly is a lovely baby!

9 Oct, 2011

 

Stunning garden, clever you.

9 Oct, 2011

 

WOW FAB....I hope one day to have a garden just like yours :)) beautiful !!

10 Oct, 2011

 

Oh, My goodness, that is beautiful. Not sure my garden could look like that in a million years!

10 Oct, 2011

 

Hello Mossy! Your garden's looking as lovely as ever, I loved the birds-eye view from upstairs, it really helps me to visualise where everything is and it's scale! I have the same Aconitum, it's a lovely colour for this time of year, and as tough as old boots! You have a very inspirational garden Mossy, I love it, it's truly a credit to you!x

10 Oct, 2011

 

Thank you all again for you very nice comments. Avis, the plant that covers the pond is a micro algae that oxygenates the pond. I am very sorry but I cannot remember the name of it, I bought it several years ago from a local nursery that was selling aquatic plants but does not do so now.

11 Oct, 2011

 

Hi Mossy....nice to hear from you again. Your garden is looking as gorgeous as ever. Are you spending the winter in the UK this year? I always feel sad when the Hostas go soft and pale....

11 Oct, 2011

 

Hello Linda,
Nice to hear from you also. Thank you for your comment. At the end of this month I am going to an old secluded fishermans cottage near the Lizzard in Cornwall (a place a really love), then I may go to Thailand for some sun in December before returning to France for Christmas with my parents. Like you, I feel sad as I watch the hostas shrivelling up (but there is worse to come when I close down the garden for the winter), but I am looking forward to seeing the hostas sprouting out again in the spring.

11 Oct, 2011

 

mossy your garden is divine and such an inspiration to me, i adore gothic and victorian, is this where some of your inspiration comes from. Love the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, or is it Devon, have not been lucky enough to go there myself but saw it on the tv, oh the mystery....hope you dont mind am going to try and copy some of your ideas, can be my winter project, though i will never be able to have a garden like yours, I dont have the imagination, cannot seem to make my ideas come to life, I get a bit random and lose the plot. Hope you keep sending the pics I cant get enough of your garden, have a lovely time on your travels...

12 Oct, 2011

 

Your garden reminds me of the small garden on the recent 'Love your Garden' programme - except I think your garden is much more imaginative. I really like your pots and pedestals and all the focal points you have created. For such a small garden, you have really made the most of it. In fact it doesn't look like a small garden until you see the birds eye view and then you get the real perspective. Where did you get your unusual props? Do you visit reclamation yards??? Let us know when you have and Open Day, I too would love to visit your wonderful garden.

12 Oct, 2011

 

What an amazing arty garden . . . I love your wall Mossy!! And of course the arbour against it, and well, everything. Please could you tell us the name, then I'll look you up in my NGS book? Would be great to visit next year - Essex isn't too far. :)

I love the Lizard too - have a fun time!

14 Oct, 2011

 

Once again thank you all for your wonderful comments, it makes me feel quite humbled to read them. We all work very hard to have our little bit of paradise and it is nice sometimes to have a little boost. I am sorry for the delay in replying, but I have been very busy for the past few days.
Cazcat, I have always been inspired by Gothic and Baroque style and most period styles (not modern as I do not find them inspiring, they do not seem to have any source of energy). Of course I don't mind you using my ideas, if I can be a source of any inspiration or of any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will try to help you.
Poppylover, I have not seen the t.v. programme you mention as I do not watch a great deal of television, but I will look out for it. I get my 'props' from everywhere, i.e. a piece of Margate pier from the beach at Margate just after demolition of the structure, a large piece of driftwood from the beach at Berrow in Somerset (people on the beach must have thought me mad dragging this huge piece of wood along the sand for a mile), tumlebed slate comes from a river beneath the slab tips at Blanneau Ffestiniog in North Wales, some of the metal work from Chelsea or Hampton Court Flower Shows, I make plans for other metalwork and a local Blacksmith makes them for me and the pinnicles and some other items (125,000 year old tree trunks) come from Rainforest Relics a firm about 8 miles from me. I visit reclamation yards but also get a lot of wood etc from forests and the countryside.
Sheilabub, my garden should be in the Essex area under the name of Turpins Lane, Chigwell. I will be delighted to receive you.

14 Oct, 2011

 

Awesome!

14 Oct, 2011

 

Ty Mossy for replying to that previous question so fully, you are so imaginative!
Next request - can you give us all a masterclass in cloud pruning??
Local garden centre had a cupressus gold crest about 4ft tall cloud pruned price??? - £120!!! outrageous!!! But I love your pyracantha and plants always seem to do better when you grow them on yourself anyway.

15 Oct, 2011

 

Dear Poppylover, I would be delighted to give you advice on cloud pruning. I agree with you, it is better and more rewarding when you grow them yourself plus you can have any type of shape that you want to achieve. It is a very, very easy thing to do, anyone can do it. If I can help you in any way, I will be very happy. If you happen to be in this area before I close the garden in a couple of weeks, you are more than welcome to call in.

15 Oct, 2011

 

wow you are an interspersion to us all you seem to have a theme to your garden where i just look at plants and flowers and think i like that and into my garden they go i am new to this web page and just looking round and came across your garden and just had to say how wonderful it looks.

15 Oct, 2011

 

Thank you very much Kimola for your nice comments, welcome to GOY, I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do.

15 Oct, 2011

 

Wow. Just seen your photos. Just beautiful. Good Luck.

8 Nov, 2011

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