October Beauties

The garden was looking rather sad at the end of August.  Perennials appeared to have reached the end of their flowering period – much earlier than expected.

But then the weather changed.  You don’t need me to tell you how beautiful September was. Dry, still and pleasantly warm days.  At this moment the wind is blowing and the rain is hitting against the window. The central heating has been switched on…probably until next June…or July…

However, the garden had some little surprises in store.  The plants loved September as much as we did, and before the rain arrived I managed to capture a few shots of some of them, so I just thought I’d pop in and share them with you.

Do you remember way back in June I told you about seedlings that had been delivered from Sarah Raven?  Well, this is Cosmos Dazzler, a Half Hardy Annual.  It’s been flowering for a few months now, and still going strong.  It’s taller than I thought it would be at around 5 feet, and definitely a dazzler.


Irresistible!  The roses will keep on growing (more sparsely) until about Christmas, sometimes into January. As the year progresses the blooms will become smaller and their colours much paler.


And just look at this bud.  Not quite perfect, there’s a little bit of discolouration around the outer petals – but it’s October so I’m sure we can make some alllowances.


But look!  Autumn is starting to show its colours. The leaves on the cherry (Prunus Kanzan) are turning.


The leaves of the Cornus (dogwood) will soon be gone – but the bright red stems will remain throughout winter.


The berries of this Cotoneaster will provide food for the birds during the winter.  Blackbirds, thrushes and waxwings love it.


But until the birds have stripped it clean, we can enjoy the sight of it growing against the wall of the house.


Now is the time we should be starting to plan next year’s garden (armchair gardening is a wonderful pastime on a cold, wet day!).  Don’t forget – you don’t need a large garden to create a little place of beauty.  A few pots grouped together can provide a stunning display of flowers, or a bucketful of home-grown food that will lift the spirits and be a delight in the kitchen.

“We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard. Even those residing in apartments or condominiums can generally grow a little food in pots and planters. Study the best methods of providing your own foods. Make your garden as neat and attractive as well as productive. If there are children in your home, involve them in the process with assigned responsibilities.”

~~Spencer W Kimball

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