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hywel

By hywel

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Sorry I haven’t been on much lately. Sometimes I can’t keep up with things.

My garden is slowly preparing for hibernation and soon the sun will have disappeared from it totally for about two months,
but the weather has been quite warm recently, so there are still some colourful flowers dotted about here and there.

My little Begonias are still doing well, some in pots and some in the ground …
I’ll be bringing them into a shelter soon I think. I want to try and keep them for next year.

I have lots of flowers still on my Osteospermums. These are yellow and orange but there’s a mauve one as well. I have taken cuttings of them but I don’t know if they’ll survive the winter.

There are plenty of berries on my Pyracantha, and Cotoneasters.
Here’s the Pyracantha in the front garden :-

This climbing shrub with lovely yellow flowers is Jasminum nudiflorum. It always flowers through the whole winter :)

On a trellis in the back is this very tall Fuchsia, still flowering well. It is about 7 feet tall but will die back when it gets frosty :-

Some of its branches have grown under the roof of a perspex shelter …

Fuchsias seem to like this time of year. They are always better in the autumn here.
Fuchsia magellanica Riccartonii :-

Fuchsia Lechlade Magician :-

Fuchsia Delta’s Sarah :-

Abelia still full of flowers, and doing better this very wet year that it has ever done !

Autumn colours on Euonymus alatus :-

Sedum spectabile :-

Cosmos :-

Dianthus :-

Clematis :-

Mums of verious colours … here is a mauve one and a single flowered yellow one :-

I still haven’t planted any of my bulbs and I think I’ve bought too many again lol :D
Maybe I’ll get around to doing it soon – autumn is a busy time.

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You do have a lot of colour in your garden still, Hywel. The Pyracantha is a lovely splash of colour and I especially like the Fuchsias. They used to do well at my family home in Autumn, better than here in the South.

Saw a heading about Begonias today that was obviously disparaging their cultivation. I didn't read it because I like Begonias and we had our front walls smothered in them two years ago. Some people are equally sneering about Busy Lizzies but I think they are brave little cheerful flowers.

I do hope the Osteospermums survive. You have some nice colours there.

Have you ever tried growing a green Chrysanthemum? We did once in the greenhouse, They were exotic and quite a talking point.

4 Nov, 2017

 

I didn't go overboard on the bulbs this year... every time I plant them I think... It will looks so pretty next spring! and guess what? our little squirrels and chipmunks look very sleek and healthy and no bulbs bloom. They don't like the crocus or the narcissus... I still have those: but my tulips, don't ask! Your pic of the dianthus is just beautiful and the fuchsias are too! Beautiful garden, Hywel!
forgot to mention the e. alatus...great red, aye?

4 Nov, 2017

 

Thank you for the photography Hywel, not so warm to be outside. Hope Beryl is keeping well.

4 Nov, 2017

 

You still have some great flowers to take photos of Hywel! Other than the Geraniums, now in the mini-greenhouse on the balcony table, only the Fuchsias are flowering. Like you say they seem to flower better in the autumn than the summer.

4 Nov, 2017

 

Love your blogs Hywel. I took cuttings recently from my neighbours Delta Sarah, mine in the garden were frosted last week :-(. I like your yellow Mum, is it hardy?

4 Nov, 2017

 

Lovely flowers still, Hywel. Your garden must be sheltered - lots of those things finished a while back here, and the hurricane finished most of the fuchsia flowers. But the little begonias are going strong - I think they are definitely the best value bedding plants around - I hope you can keep yours over the winter. I have no room to try to keep mine. Cosmos and sedums finished weeks ago here.
Your Pyracntha is fabulous - would win a prize anywhere, and it must cheer up the road for passers by!
The jasmine is beautiful too, so dainty.

4 Nov, 2017

 

still a lot of lovely plants doing their thing. your garden is full of colour . lovely Hywel.

4 Nov, 2017

 

Your November garden has more happening than mine in April. lol Nice display.

5 Nov, 2017

 

looking good Hywel ..... dark nights have drawn in !!!

Gg

5 Nov, 2017

 

Still a lot going on there Hywel. Looks great.

5 Nov, 2017

 

Thank you all for commenting on my autumn blog :)

Eirlys I haven't tried a green Chrysanthemum. I've never seen one to buy but if I do I'll try it :)

Dawn yes the yellow mum is hardy but I keep them in pots because slugs like them :)

Steragram yes it is quite sheltered here. We didn't get much of the recent storm :)

Thank you Diane Beryl isn't too bad :)

Yes Gg the clocks have gone back and it's light at 7 a.m. when there are not many people around, and dark at 5 p.m. when nearly everyone is around ... daft !

5 Nov, 2017

 

Very colourful Hywel, it pleases me to see many of the ones in your garden are also still flowering here, my Delta's Sarah has grown huge and is flowering profusely, I'm really chuffed about that, I have it in a huge pot and it obviously like the mix its in, I have taken most of my fuschia's, succulents and geraniums into the g'house's, fingers x I still have them next year. I too have Osteo's flowering, they took ages to get going but have certainly done themselves proud in the last couple of months, I'm thinking of digging one of each colour up and popping into the g'house as well, not sure how they'll fare but I think its worth trying isn't it, I've tried collecting seeds over the years but never have succeeded with them..
I too haven't posted much this year as you've probably noticed, apart from removing some trees and redoing those areas, my stumpery and the bed under the old apple tree,( which I did do the blogs) it would just have been a repeat of the previous years and like you life caught up with me, plus it aggravated me when goy played up, took me ages to catch up, I might get back on track now its dark at teatime...Lovely blog and photo's Hywel....

5 Nov, 2017

 

Very pretty flowers Hywel. I loved those fuchsias.

6 Nov, 2017

 

Your garden must be really sheltered to have so many gorgeous flowers, I love that orange osteo...and the mums!!cannot believe you still have Cosmos too! no flowers on our jasmine again!!
Thanks for the blog, so enjoy seeing your garden...

6 Nov, 2017

 

Wow Hywel so much colour and wonderful varities you still there your garden looks gorgeous.

6 Nov, 2017

 

I enjoyed your blog Hywel. Such a lot of colour you still have. Had a ground frost this morning which finished off some nasturtiums, but cosmos seem to be still ok.

6 Nov, 2017

 

Thanks Hywel, I've been researching hardy chrysanthemum.
Hi 'Sue' nice to see you :-)

7 Nov, 2017

 

Hiya Dawn, playing catch on Goy....

7 Nov, 2017

 

Our green Chrysanths looked like this:

http://www.woolmans.com/Chrysanthemums/Chrysanthemum-Jade-Green-Late-6-plants.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI84HC6aev1wIVRCjTCh03IArpEAQYAiABEgKGyvD_BwE&ccode=W18PGP#.WgMlQ1JLHL8

Beautiful. That was way back in the early 60's so they were very unusual then. Indoor variety!

8 Nov, 2017

 

Those are unusual Eirlys, but beautiful.

Thank you all for your comments :)

We had some frost this morning but nothing was affected by it. I think it was only on the car roofs.

8 Nov, 2017

 

Lovely colourful blog in November ... like you we have had one light frost overnight with no damage to plants yet. Lots of leaves falling and temps set to drop to 8 degrees tomorrow ... brrr!!

11 Nov, 2017

 

Eirlys, thank, I've been looking on Woolmans site earlier. Hywel, you've really set me off on these hardy Mums

11 Nov, 2017

 

Thank you all for your comments :)

Shirley I hope you are feeling all right these days. Take care ...

I hope you can get some nice Mums Dawn. Actually mine are rather poor. I keep them in pots because I'm afraid they'll get eaten by slugs, but I don't think they like being confined very much.

12 Nov, 2017

 

Hi Hywel, I've found some nice ones that are safe to minus 20!! From what I've read they are happy in the ground.

12 Nov, 2017

 

That's good ! :)

12 Nov, 2017

 

Hywel, thanks for asking after me. I am almost finished with the cardiac rehab. sessions and hope to be signed off this week. Feeling pretty good now, definitely not half as tired as before, hooray!!

13 Nov, 2017

 

I'm pleased to hear you are feeling so much better, Shirley!

13 Nov, 2017

 

You still have lots of colour in your garden, Hywel! Other than some Pansies I planted out a few weeks ago the balcony is bare!

The 3 surviving Fuchsia standards are now in the mini-greenhouse on the balcony table - each has a few flowers still. I hope they will survive the winter in there. I have a couple of old plastic mattress bags I've stood the greenhouse in so as to cover it up should we get some very hard frosts.

I've also got 2 standard Marguerites which are still flowering. I tried to get them in the mini-greenhouse but couldn't as the pots were too big & I would have had to dismantle it to get them in! Nevertheless they are on the balcony floor, partially under the table & covered with some thick plastic - although I've left the tops open for air circulation & will only close them when frost is forecast.

13 Nov, 2017

 

You've got so much flowering still Hywel and I love your Fuchsias, Chrysanths and Abelia. I've had an Abelia for about 5 years and it's only ever had a couple of flowers. :o( Must move it...I hope all the berries on your Pyracantha doesn't mean we are going to have a bad winter. They do look lovely and bright though don't they. I love your Jasmin. When I was sorting my Mothers garden out yesterday I noticed her Jasmin was starting to flower. Good luck with keeping the Begonias overwinter.

14 Nov, 2017

 

Balcony, thanks for your comment, today I have noticed the lack of flowers on the Violas I bought from a well-known German supermarket. Oh well, I guess you get what you pay for! :o((

14 Nov, 2017

 

Thanks for all your comments :)

Good luck with your plants Balcony ...

I'm glad your mother's Jasmine is flowering Homebird. I am hoping for a mild winter again lol :)

I've never had any luck with winter Violas Shirley. I hope they flower later on for you.
I'm pleased to know you may be signed off soon :)

14 Nov, 2017

 

Thanks Hywel ... :o))x

14 Nov, 2017

 

:) x

15 Nov, 2017

 

Your garden still looks amazing Hywel.

15 Nov, 2017

 

Thanks. In the week and a half since this was written the colour has mostly gone now. Winter is here :)
and I still haven't planted my bulbs !

15 Nov, 2017

 

Enchanting as always x

17 Nov, 2017

 

Thank you :) x

17 Nov, 2017

 

Shirley, if they haven't already done so, your Violas should flower on & off all winter then give a burst of spring colour that will last for a month or two.

That's why I've grown them on & off over the years on our balcony. I normally like to grow winter flowering Pansies but after 3 or 4 bad years with them I didn't grow any last year - the balcony looked so bare & desolate last year without them that I've put in some again this year.

My son & daughter-in-law have had a lot of success with plants they have bought from a certain German supermarket & they are total novice gardeners or were until last year when they got their first garden ever!

I bought some Pansies there this autumn & so far they are looking at least as good as those I've bought from a national retailer or from the market square in town.

So don't give up on your Violas too soon!

Shame your flowers have finished so soon, Hywel!

20 Nov, 2017

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