Autumn and a Makeover

As the nights draw in, the heating goes on and the winter clothes start creeping back into the wardrobe I look around my garden and I’m always amazed at how much is still flowering and berrying up. Some plants don’t even start coming into their glory ’til now.

All the asters are looking like jewels in the sunshine, vibrant colours and pale blue skies. Dahlia still push their huge blooms forward and Cimicifuga fills it’s corner of the garden with beautiful perfume. This year has been a great year for our apple trees and berries, all the Sorbus are well covered this year and it won’t be long before the Blackbirds and Redwings start having their fill. Apple pies and crumbles are filling the freezer.

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A trip to Norwell Nurseries at the weekend saw me buying two more plants to add to my burgeoning collection. Chrysanthemum Dr Tom Parr and Saxifraga Black Ruby have now found permanent homes.

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Chrysanthemum Dr Tom Parr.

I may have said that I won’t be opening next year already but it’s a decision not taken lightly, the garden is in desperate need of an overhaul. The trees are getting out of hand, shading too many of the borders. Several shrubs are well past their sell by date and will be removed and replaced with new plants, making way for more perennials. The wooden arbour holding up the Wisteria is leaning rather badly and decisions will be made once all the leaves have dropped.

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The ponds and rill seem to have a slow leak which we think we have now traced so this is yet another quite large project to sort out once all the pond plants have died off. I couldn’t imagine my garden without a pond, it’s fantastic for wildlife especially the birds. Our G/daughters also love pond dipping and when we do open, visitors seem to gravitate to the pond, almost like at parties when everyone ends up in the kitchen…..

I’m really looking forward to all this upheaval because I know that come the spring the garden will have had it’s work done and I will be able to reap the rewards with better light and more space. What more could an obsessive gardener want.

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9 responses to “Autumn and a Makeover

  1. Malcolm Turner

    seems I’ll be busy then….

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  2. I’ll be very interested in updates of your overhaul. A garden is always evolving. We want to change the bottom of garden and plant more trees. Light is so important. If you have not got enough very little grows and if you have too much things can get scorched and dried up. It is a difficult balancing act. Amelia

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  3. Sounds like you have got your work cut out! I can’t wait to see what happens, I love a good project ….. and so do you! Lovely asters x

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  4. Good thinking. A brave decision not to open but how the garden will thank you for an overhaul. Not sure it looks like it needs much doing to my eye!

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    • Thanks for that.. I don’t seem to be able to take good pictures of the garden that’s why I just take pictures of flowers and plants. Trees like our medlar and cherry plus others have really gone mad over the last few years. Also there are the neighbours to consider too. Will keep everyone updated. Sue.

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