My October Garden

I ran around the garden taking these photos before the autumn winds strip the place bare of leaf colour. I think that my garden is often more colourful in October than it is during that August lull when the best flowers seem to have exhausted themslves. You can see viburnum berries, some leaves of my liquidambar tree (for years I misspelled that) and a red/purple physocarpus.

Autumn garden

A young silver birch and pink sedum

Autumn garden

The mystery berry tree, which might be some sort of service tree with a few rudbekia flowers and rhus leaves in the background.

Autumn garden

Lilac mallow flowers and what I think is a blue cyprus, I’ll need to look up its label.

Autumn garden

The osteospermums and lobelia still going strong in an old chimney pot. They’ve flowered since early summer and the frost hasn’t got them yet. The acer you can see is in a planter, mainly because I can’t find a space to plant it out in the garden. I hope it survives.

Autumn garden

The Christmas tree has grown a lot in the last few years.

Autumn garden

6 thoughts on “My October Garden

  1. I love seeing your garden develop since you moved in.

    Our house had 26 15ft Leylandii surrounding the back garden when we moved in so out they came and with a few other adjustments like paths and patio we went back to scratch with most of it.

    We will make mistakes but get inspiration from people like you who let a garden develop as they feel right.

    • Hamish,
      I feel your pain. Our previous house had a whole length of Leylandii hedge, I never did count them, but after several years of hacking at it and the results filling the whole garden and being difficult to get rid of, I decided to cut it all down. My shoulder has never recovered! My menfolk were all in the house watching the World Cup as I did it! I think those trees should be banned from domestic gardens, there wasn’t even one nest in it all.
      I must admit that I have made mistakes with this new garden. In my haste to get a garden planted in what was a sea of grass, I’ve planted some things that weren’t suitable and have quickly outgrown their space. I really regret planting the ajuga which I bought for 99p from Morrison’s and that everlasting sweet pea too. But – we live and learn. However, gardens are never finished as I think you will agree, there’s always some aspect of it that we want to improve.

  2. I keep telling my wife we will make mistakes so the garden will evolve.

    I hate throwing out plants but I have to be brutal. I am so soft that I considered moving them to the little patch of wood with a path that is outside our back fence.

    However goodbye buddleia, spirea, ceanothus and hypericum you are too big, unruly and planted in the wrong place by the previous owners.

    • Hamish,
      I’m the same, I hate having to weed out unsuitable plants, I even don’t like pruning shrubs, it feels painful to me but has to be done at times. I hoped to move a big cherry tree into the land outside our back fence but its roots were just too deep, after only three years. I sometimes take cuttings of a plant that I want to put elsewhere. I love ceanothus but am not crazy on the others that you mention, they can be quite thuggish.

  3. Your garden looks amazing! It has grown up so much since when you began planting it. Also, I am so glad I am not the only one who can’t remember the some of the plants she’s growing 🙂

    • Stefanie,
      Thanks. I swear that all these gardening experts on TV must swot up on all the names before they wander around a garden blithely telling us all the names of the plants. I’m fine if it’s a plant I know from way back but if it’s new to me they tend to escape me!

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