Autumn garden

My garden has been neglected recently what with all the stuff that I’ve been doing inside the house, and despite the fact that it was a lovely day today I still couldn’t get down to some sprucing up because I had to wait in for someone who didn’t turn up. You know what it’s like, your frightened to go to the loo because that’s exactly when the doorbell will ring, but it never did! Grrr!

Anyway, this is my apple tree and although it’s over 30 years old it doesn’t get any taller than about 7 or 8 feet. I haven’t a clue what variety they are as it was planted by the previous gardener. Scotland isn’t a great place for growing apples, I don’t think the growing season is long enough but I usually get enough for a few apple pies from the tree.

Cooking apples

My lovely Liquidamber tree is rapidly changing to its autumnal colours, it was all bright green just last week. This tree is very slow growing and is ideal for a small garden. I got this one from the shop at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens.

Liquidamber tree

These are some of the autumn crocuses in my garden, I really like them but I’m not so keen on them in the early summer when the thick leaves come up on their own and take up quite a lot of space.

Autumn crocus

I’m not supposed to be buying any more plants for my garden because if everything goes to plan I’ll be planning a new garden soonish, or revamping an old one when we downsize, but I couldn’t resist these ones. The Fuchsia is called Voodoo and is very dark purple in reality, nearly black. I’ve been looking for heuchera ‘Pewter Moon’ for ages but I haven’t been able to find it. I was tempted by this one though, unfortunately I can’t remember its name. I think I’ll take the fuchsia into the house soon but I’ll plant the heuchera as it’ll be easily dug up when the time comes.

At the moment they’re sitting outside on the kitchen window sill. Maybe I’ll be able to get into the garden tomorrow – if it doesn’t rain. We don’t seem to be getting two days the same together this year so you can’t really plan anything.

Fuchsia Voodoo and Heuchera

I’ve just realised that I’m in that last photo, well my reflection is.

10 thoughts on “Autumn garden

  1. Yes, but you’re hiding behind the fuchsia! I love both plants. There are so many beautiful heucheras that it’s hard to choose. I like the dart foliage.

    • Joan,
      I think in my next garden I’ll have quite a few heucheras as they don’t seem to suffer from bugs and slugs and they happily survive all the ice and snow that we’ve been having the last few winters.

    • Jo,
      I hadn’t thought of that but I will take some photos of the pies. The apples are still on the tree at the moment but I think I’m going to take them off before the wind does.

  2. Wow, how beautiful!! I think I had a heuchera earlier this year, which I promptly killed in the Texas heat. I don’t even want to think about how many plants died during the drought. It’s painful.

    I’m longing for a cool wet climate like Scotland!!

    • Karen,
      I used to have a bad and expensive habit of buying plants which I loved regardless of whether they were likely to survive in my garden. Now I hold myself back ’cause it’s horrible when they die. There must be loads of plants which would do well in your climate though but I think they are ‘over’ much faster than they would be here.

      It’s beginning to get quite chilly here now, esp. at night but at the moment I’m quite thankful that we live in Scotland, at least we don’t have all the ghastly wildlife that you probably have to contend with, like scorpions!

  3. I bought three Heucheras for my newly made over garden. They are beautiful. One is called Sweet Tea, another Berry somrthing – my brain is packing in – and the third is Liquorice.
    Berry Smoothie – I just went out to check it!

    I’ve just been picking the apples off my tree. The poor summer hasn’t done them any favours and a lot are damaged but I’ve still got loads to keep and give away. No idea what they are but they taste equally good as they are, or cooked! Going to get the apple tree cut back and hopefully have it trained against the wall as it was probably meant to do years ago!

    • Evee,
      Your garden is going to look fab when it all gets going in the spring. I haven’t seen any of those heucheras around this area. My apples are definitely cookers. Yours look good considering the weather, I’m going to have an eating apple tree when we move to our next garden, soonish I hope.

  4. I to bought voodoo this year and has delighted us with many flowers .

    I had many fuchsias but 2010 lost tall my fuchsias in to the long cold winter.

    So this year is a challenge for all my new fuchsias to overwinter.
    Great heauchera I dont have that one but do have a lot in pots and they are great show of coats of many colours.

    • Scotkat,
      I’ve already taken some cuttings of voodoo and I now have one flowering in my house. I’ve taken lots of cuttings this year as like you I lost a lot of fuchsias last year, some of them had been going strong for years too – heartbreaking. I’m on the look out for more heucheras but it’s mainly Palace Purple which you see on sale in Fife. Thanks for visiting ‘Pining’!

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