The Autumn equinox has just passed and signs of Autumn are showing all over the garden, We’ve had a lovely summer with some long hot days, we’ve had quite a cool, dull August with a few chilly nights, but September has turned into a long dry stretch with some quite high temperatures. In fact we’ve only just had our first drop of rain all month, this dry spell has started to end some of my annual plants quite quickly.
Earlier in the year I decided that I wanted an area for plants on the sunnier side of the garden, I dug up a large round plot of turf and prepared the ground with lots of old compost.
I sowed lots of annuals in the spring, and when it was warm enough I set about planting out.
I added a few Castor oil plants, Cannas, and sunflowers for good measure.
Mid-summer and its blooms all the way.
Now its late summer and the flowers are getting messy and tired.
I’ve been thinking about how it will look over the winter and I know its just going to be an empty bed and look horrible, so I’ve set about buying some nice plants to fill it out and make it into a permanent planted border.
I’ve bought some Asters, Helenium, kniphofia, a Hardy Geranium, a couple of echinaceas to try to get through the winter, and whilst at a Nursery I saw a lovely Pennisetum ‘Red Head’ and a Panicum ‘Prairie Sky’, so I bought those as well. And finally I treated myself to a choice plant for my Birthday, I bought a Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Rotfuchs’ which is a compact upright small tree with all the autumn colour and leaf scent of a straight forward Cercidiphyllum.
Now I’m just waiting for a frost to finish off my annuals so I can get planting. We also need some rain, its almost the end of September and we have only had 1 shower of rain all month which amounted to 4mm in total.
I’ve also tackled another problem area in the garden, that of my failing wildlife pond.
It used to be home to frogs, and smooth newts, but in more recent years its become a stinky black water mess with lots of slime at the bottom. Its also home to tonnes of duckweed which I try to remove daily, but it always grows back.
I disposed of the surrounding rocks, relocated much of the pond weed to the compost heap, then pulled out the pond liner like a bad magic trick, I left the slime to soak away into the surrounding soil overnight and then set about filling in the leftover hole with weeds, and the rotted turf’s that I had removed when digging my new sunny island bed.
My new bed is now partially planted up, but as we are desperate for it to rain I’ve suspended all plantings. My rain butts are nearly empty, and I’ve got builders in currently fitting me a new Kitchen and they wont have fitted my new outside tap until next week. So I’ve got very limited access to any water for at least a week.
The Large Acer in the Terracotta pot in the above picture, (which is my pride and joy), will be planted in that very spot when it becomes more dormant, I will be able to see it directly from my sofa seat in my living room.
I’ve had some lovely flowers all over the garden this year, they must have been the ones that the slugs missed when planting out during late spring.
Amongst the gardening, there was always time to play with the cat.