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Autumn wilt - me not the plants


Does anyone else find by this stage of the year their enthusiasm starts to wane compared to the excitement of spring?

Looking out on my garden today there has been lots of successes this year but I’ve still got so much work to do wedding and cleaning up and typically not much left to look forward to as I didn’t get ahead with any autumn flowering bulbs etc and didn’t plant any gladioli – which I normally have loads of.

So – today I bought some small dahlia plants from a specialist nursery – they may not form a tuber at this late stage but they’ll still start flowering in a week and will help create an impetus to keep everything else in check and looking good.

I’ve also bought some spring cabbage and broccoli plants and have lollo rosso, rocket, parsley and coriander seedlings going strong. Plus there is the carrots still to harvest and the tomatoes to ripen.

Infact adding those few new late summer plants has made all the difference to my outlook, I’m off to enjoy the one-day heatwave in sunny Wirral (despite the weather saying it would be heavy cloud!)


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Yes definately, I am still as keen in the garden but as you say excitement wanes a little 'coz everything is in full flower and there's not a lot left to surprise you.

19 Aug, 2009


I was interested in what you were saying about getting some small dahlia plants from a specialist nursery.....are they local or mail order? I ask because Louise1 has been looking for some dahlia plants and was wondering why she could not get some at this time of year...normally they are ordered late in the year and despatched from abut April time. I hope they flower ok for might be lucky and get a tiny tuber....or pot em up and over winter them. I would be interested to hear how they do.

19 Aug, 2009


Good for you LL....I know what you mean about this time of year...especially after all the lousy weather we've had!
I've got glads coming up but not much else except the sedum which never lets me down...maybe I'll follow your lead & spend the hubby's first new pay packet at the garden centre!!
Do you think he'll object??!! :0)

19 Aug, 2009


Why on earth should

19 Aug, 2009


I'll run it past him...& then duck!

19 Aug, 2009


ha! Well the dahlia nursery is eurodahlia, based in the Wirral. Their website is a bit old but they're still going and I think you can see the catalogue from there - there's an email too.

Their fields of dahlia's were beautiful - I've always loved them but seeing them at Monet's garden just took my breath away - perfect combinations and using the same variety down the border gave so much impact.

19 Aug, 2009


Aug/Sep is not my favourite time of year. I usually feel rather miserable at this time. I don't know why. Maybe it's as you say - not as exciting as the spring. I like the autumn though.

20 Aug, 2009


Ah yes. I have their site in my favourites. thanks...

20 Aug, 2009


I'm so pleased to read your blog LL, I thought it was just me and I was losing interest in my flowery things! Seems it's a seasonal thing, the wait between the summer and the golden days of autmn. I too like the colours and the changes of autumn. I like winter as well and of course spring is brill. and summer is just great............ Hmmmmm? ? ?

20 Aug, 2009


my dhalias are the only ones still flowering love them to bits
other than that its only my so called "cascading" roses with blooms but I have fallen out with these

roll on Autumn colours I say

x x x

20 Aug, 2009


Yes the dahlias will flower for a few months yet.:))

20 Aug, 2009


Glad to see it's not just me!

Yes it's a strange pull, starting to think of the things I like about autumn and winter almost makes me feel guilty - should be still enjoying summer!

That said, I'm off to garden.

We let the wild (and thorny and invasive) blackberry go mad over one of the shrubs and now have bucketfuls of them to pick - for some reason the birds aren't keen?
At least once everything dies back it's easy to spot the blackberry and weed it out - well attempt to!

21 Aug, 2009

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