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My garden in October

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Hello fellow Goyers – it has been a while since I visited the site, some family problems to contend with have meant the pleasure of looking into GoY had to be put on the back burner.

Hopefully, all is resolved now so I have happily spent the past couple of days tidying up my somewhat neglected garden.

Deadheading has been the main task, mostly Cosmos, Penstemons, Buddleias and Roses, followed by the removal of the faded Sunflowers. The stalks of the ‘Giant Russian’ variety required cutting up with loppers, they were huge! I have saved seed of the ‘Harlequin’ variety for a couple of members who showed a liking for them so they will be despatched shortly.

Our neighbours had the tree surgeons round last week to tidy up a Bay Tree, a Cherry tree and a Beech tree and, even though the guys did come round to clear the fallen branches from my garden, I still found lots of twiggy bits in amongst the shrubs so the brown bin is filling up already and there’s another week before it’s collected! Hmm, I wonder just how much I can squash the stuff down to make more room.

Taking photos this morning I was quite surprised to see just how much colour there is in the garden in the first week of October. This time last year saw the start of the never-ending rain showers, what a difference to this year, warm and sunny in the South, but temps are set to drop by Thursday so I shall make the most of it!

Here are some, well actually, lots of pics to share with you…

Rosa ‘Rosy Cushion’ with pollinators!

Rosa ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ – this has bloomed on and off all Summer and doesn’t seem to know when to stop.

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ known as ‘Stroller grass’ as a GoY member sent me this a couple of years ago – thanks Phyl – I love it.

Buddleia weyeriana ‘Sungold’ – becoming far too big for my garden – it may have to go or be kept well pruned.

Echinops from Bloomer – one final flower for the Bees.

This yellow Begonia, along with a pale pink and a deep red one, were given to me by an Aunt as a thank you for watering her garden while she was on her hols. They have bloomed for almost two months and apparently I can save them potted up in the GH for next year.

Jasmine ‘Fiona Sunrise’ is loving it now she’s planted against a West facing fence, her second move in three years!

This Chilean Glory Vine was grown from seed, and as I said earlier, due to my neglecting the garden, it has twined a way through shrubs to approx. 4 feet to the left and right. Not that I’m complaining, but now that I’ve had a good look at it, there are many seed pods like the ones in the next pic so I shall let some ripen and save for next year.

Clematis tangutica already showing a fluffy seed head

A very determined bright and cheerful flower on the Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ has lovely soft grey foliage.

Ceanothus ‘Puget’ OR
‘Paget Blue’ – depending which gardening book you’re reading!

I wonder if this Cosmos ‘Purity’ was given steroids in the seed packing department as it has grown so very tall!

The grapevine is now in year 3 and has masses of ‘Brandt’ variety grapes – just right for the birds to savour – far too many pips for my palate

If anyone is still reading through this epic, here are some Tomatoes (Roma, Alicante and Moneymaker varieties) and Bell Peppers growing in the GH – we have not bought Tomatoes for a couple of months and these taste so good straight off the vine. Something is nibbling the Peppers but I have yet to find the culprit – my guess is a tiny snail which has eluded me so far!

Also in the GH are cuttings of Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ as I have dug up the original plant which has now become very old and woody, a couple of Dianthus which I’m chuffed with as I have never had success with them before and two cuttings of Spirea ‘Douglasii’ for a Goyer, so far so good as they are still alive!

Finally, I actually had some luck on Freecycle at the weekend as I obtained these lovely pots – I think my birthday GC vouchers will be used to get some Tulip bulbs for these pots.

Thanks for reading this blog – I hope everyone is enjoying their own garden in October.

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Lovely to have you back, Shirley! Enjoyed seeing all the colour you still have in the garden . . . as you said, we've had a particularly lovely sunny and warm autumn this year, and I've been making the most of it too - gentle pottering and doing the crossword in my favourite "granny" chair :)

8 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Shirley
Nice to see you back on GoY.
Those pots are wonderful ..
..I hope you find lovely tulips to plant in them :o)

8 Oct, 2013

 

Wow! you got those from freecycle?! Well done Shirley! Sorry to hear that things have been tricky lately. I hope you are back to a more level time now. We always chop at the compost bin contents with a spade, which breaks it all down and allows more to be piled on top! It's also a great way of releasing tension!

8 Oct, 2013

 

like all ive seen in your garden...Chilean Glory Vine a very nice plant....i enjoyed reading you blog...nice you have posted...

8 Oct, 2013

 

Welcome back Shirley!
Your rose, Rhapsody is absolutely beautiful!
Lots of other lovely flowers and colour too.

8 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Shirley, great blog, lovely plants and still lots of colour for you. Hope things are on a more even footing for you with your family now good to see you back with us again. :O)

8 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Sheila - I actually ate my lunch outdoors today - not bad for October 8th! :o)

Hello Terra - I have saved some blogs on Tulips and shall have plenty of choice once I've looked back through them - thanks to all GoYers who blogged about Tulips!

Ck - good to be back on GoY - I usually lose out on Freecycle items as I'm not continually looking at the site as some of the members seem to be! However, this time I was fortunate to obtain those five pots, even though four had been offered as the lady decided to 'throw another one in' as she put it! I have this vision now of you and OH madly bashing the contents of the compost bin to a pulp ... lol!

Jane - that Chilean Glory Vine has shades of red, pink, yellow and orange, so something to suit all!

Hello Waddy - I think a fair few GoYers have the 'Rhapsody in Blue' rose ... I had never heard of it until I joined GoY ... like many other plants really ... :o)

Hi Barbara - lovely to hear from you ... PM on the way ... :o)

8 Oct, 2013

 

Good to see you back Shirley, I was wondering where you'd got to. You come to mind at plum harvest time...Rhapsody in Blue is new to me and lovely - the first blue rose I've liked and much nicer than Blue Moon. Your tomatoes and peppers look delicious and your new pots are wonderful! What a good thing you happened to look at the right time.

8 Oct, 2013

 

Shirley good to see you back - hope all is going well now.
Your garden is looking tremendous for October.
I bought that Jasmine Fiona Sunrise. I'm not expecting her to survive winter but I'm going to give it a cut back and try some straw on top and see how it goes!
A great find on Freecycle. I acquired some pots last year that were being chucked! It's good to get things for free isn't it.
BTW - did you ever get your Hydrangea Pinky Winky? Mines didn't flower this year - I just hope it was a case of settling down!

8 Oct, 2013

 

You're so good at seed growing and cuttings Shirley....Wish i had the knack!!...:>)

8 Oct, 2013

 

Really good blog Shirley, I enjoyed reading it and seeing your very pretty plants.

8 Oct, 2013

 

Lovely blog Shirley..Love your new pots, wish we had something like Freecycle, must check with the local council!.Glad you've had success with your cuttings, and hope things are ok with the "problem"I sat out for an afternoon cuppa, making the most of the sunshine!!:-)

9 Oct, 2013

 

Hello Shirley, nice to see you back ! I have Rhapsody in Blue and its still flowering ! One of my favourites ! I see your Ceanothus is flowering too. We bought one about a month ago and its just started to flower. Aren't these supposed to flower in the Spring ? I am so envious of you having Clematis Tanjutica. I have been looking for this one for a while now and when my friend and I were at a garden centre, we sneakily took some pieces of a cutting of a large one on show there. They couldn't get any more in to sell. Well, one has taken , but not sure whether it will come to much although it has plenty of roots now, and not quite sure what to do with it over the winter now that I haven't got a green house here. Is the "Stroller " grass the one you sent me as it looks familiar? Oh yes, one last question, what is Free cycle ? A belated Happy Birthday and I love your pots ! I enjoyed your blog , thank you.

9 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Shirley, lovely to see your garden, love the new pots.....
I hope the weathers nice, I,m going to see my Hove friends near the end of the month, we want to go to Littlehampton on the train.

9 Oct, 2013

 

Lol Stera - I shall be forever associated with Plums since that blog on the pudding! This year has been rubbish for a decent crop ... about a dozen Plums max. ... can't complain though as it's not my tree ... :o)

Scottish - those pots would be quite expensive to buy round here so thank goodness for Freecycle! I never did get the Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky' but am still considering it as that Buddleia weyeriana really is getting out of hand now!

Motty - I may be ok at seeds and cuttings but you are the Queen of the Dahlia cuttings ... lol!

Thanks Helenium - I hope those cuttings of the Spiraea take for you ... fingers crossed ... :o)

Gralew and Rose - just type in Freecycle.org and you should be able to search for a site in your area. It really is a good way to stop items going to landfill, you simply enrol on the Freecycle site, advertise Wanted or Offer for your item(s) and wait for the replies! We have obtained pavers for the allotment, a Holly tree and a Buddleia shrub for our garden. Anything legal can be offered, no pets, yes there have been folk offering kittens and puppies! I am about to reply to a post asking for fabric swatches/remnants as Mum has a huge box full of them she no longer has a use for. I hope this gives you the gist of Freecycle and that you become a part of it.

Rose - the Ceanothus is new to me this year and I was expecting it to flower in Spring and Summer so I guess it will continue until the temps drop! Well done on the Clematis cutting, you could probably keep it in your conservatory for the Winter with some TLC. Yes, that grass is the same I sent you, I hope it's thriving?

Thanks for the belated birthday wishes, that was back in August and I haven't used the GC vouchers yet - such restraint on my part! ... :o)

Pam - glad you like those pots too. Any specific reason for visiting LA (Littlehampton) - it's a bit bleak after the Summer season!

9 Oct, 2013

 

That's brilliant! Shirley. I'm glad you managed to take some. I'm sure they'll root - especially with the extra warmth of the greenhouse. Everything crossable is crossed! Lol.

9 Oct, 2013

 

I love the various pots you got off Freecycle which is a great site to get good items off people who no longer have a need for them. Shirley_tulip and you are right about the Paget Blue! It isn't called that in my garden and I bought one earlier this year as a shrub for my garden.

9 Oct, 2013

 

We ought to have mashed the green bin yesterday..we might both have slept a bit better. Moving house?...never, ever, ever again! :) Don't worry though, everything will be fine.....eventually! ;)

9 Oct, 2013

 

Just somewhere I haven't been and its a direct train from hove, its only about 30 minutes or so, we can always have lunch and come back........or not go at all if the weather is wet and windy like today! Brrrrr

9 Oct, 2013

 

Thanks Shirley, I will give it a try. I think a lot of plants have flowered at strange times this year , probably because of the hot weather ! I have seen a Magnolia in flower at a nursery and my Camelias and Rhodies are in bud again !

9 Oct, 2013

 

Lovely to see you around! and Wow lots of colour still out there Shirley, I grew Cosmos Purity from seed this year and I agree they are giant and wonderful plants!, I love your collection of pots can't wait to see what you put in them and that grapevine is fantastic;0)

9 Oct, 2013

 

Great blog Shirley. Garden looks great, especially like your cosmos. I didn't grow any this year ....my loss! But have got myself a packet ready for next year.All looking very colourful. Thanks for sharing.

10 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Shirley good to see you back, family and health do have to come first, hope you are keeping well in yoursef, the deadheading is a daily task isn't it but we like to keep our flowers going as long as possible don't we, I too have a few npnseasonal ones having a mad burst, it all helps with the colour, I love the blue rose, must have a look for that one and the Sungold is unusual, never seen one that colour around here, does it attract the butterflies like the common mauve one?.
Your birdy visitors are going to have a treat with all those grapes, bet hey don't last long when they are spotted, lol.
Nice pots as well, although it does mean more bulbs and plants to buy, enjoy your gardening now you are able to get back out there.......

10 Oct, 2013

 

Sounds painful Helenium!
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Gorgeousm - the weekends and Mondays seem to be the most popular days for folk on Freecycle - I guess they have a sort out of items on those days - I have an old concrete garden trough that I no longer want so guess where that's going ... lol!
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Oh dear Karen - house moving giving you stressful times? It'll all be worth it in the end - just remember that the kettle is the first thing to unload - plenty of cuppas to keep the removal men going!
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Pam - I hope you do have good weather for your visit to LA ... a walk along the riverside down to the sea is always interesting ... :o)
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Oh Rose - I hope the drop in temps today doesn't affect those buds.
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Carole - good to be back on GoY ... far too many Tulips to choose from but I have a theme in mind
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Wot? No Cosmos in your garden Cosmosjane? That's like me having no Tulips ... lol!
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Hi Lincs - I am keeping pretty well now and thanks for asking! Regarding the Buddleia 'Sungold', I have to say that the Butterflies don't seem to be that drawn to it, they prefer the mauve, with the white in second place. We have a Blackbird who regularly comes in for some grapes now, then sits on a garden seat staring at us through the patio doors ... bless!

10 Oct, 2013

 

Lovely to read your blog Shirley, so glad that you seem to be getting back on form and are able to tend your lovely garden again. Nice to see the Aureola grass is going strong. Its been great weatherwise over the last couple of weeks but is now bringing in some bitter winds ... never mind I can see that all the GRAPE HYACINTH I planted are showing thru.lol.

11 Oct, 2013

 

Hi Shirley, glad to see you're back and family problems sorted. You do have a lot of colour still in your garden and those tomatoes should compensate for the terrible plum situation ...and you ...the Queen of plum cakes! Those pots are what I call a real bargain:-))

11 Oct, 2013

 

Rhapsody in Blue is an amazing. It looks psychedelic!

12 Oct, 2013

 

Nice to see your photos Shirley. I haven't been on for a while myself. I hope everything is all right for you now.

12 Oct, 2013

 

Stroller - how very dare you mention Grape Hyacinths ... lol! I spotted a few peeping through yesterday so they'll be coming out as soon as the rain stops falling. Do you remember the Spring flowering Brodiaea bulbs from last year? Mine all seem to have vanished ... :o(

Lol Ba - Queen of Plum cakes indeed! The Plum tree is so tall now that I imagine it will be pruned before long ... which may produce a bi crop next year ... I'm really pleased to have got those free pots ... off to the GC next week for Tulip bulbs to fill them up with ... :o)

Pleased you like that Rhapsody rose, Bathgate ... one bud left to open now before the cold weather sends it to sleep for Winter .....

Hi Hywel - good to see you too! Family problems all sorted now and back to normal ... whatever that is ... lol!

13 Oct, 2013

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