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.
A young silver birch and pink sedum
The mystery berry tree, which might be some sort of service tree with a few rudbekia flowers and rhus leaves in the background.
Lilac mallow flowers and what I think is a blue cyprus, I’ll need to look up its label.
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.
The Christmas tree has grown a lot in the last few years.
I took the photo below in late September and I was quite impressed by how much colour there was in the garden, it was all looking quite ruby-ish with the Acers turning to almost the same shade as the lupins.
I aim to pack as many plants into the garden as possible, partly to make it less likely to be overtaken by weeds, but mainly because I just love plants and the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned.
The Liatris in the photo below have only just stopped flowering, despite the fact we’re now in November, they’re well worth growing as they’ve been flowering for months.
Below is a right mishmash of lupins, gardeners’ garters (the grassy one) blue geranium, pyracantha, vinca, astilbe, ferns, hosta, skimmia and a conifer. It could be quite congested in there soon!
And below is the garden as seen from the guest bedroom window. It’s actually a bit different now as I’ve been cutting ino the grass again, a necessity after visiting Hill of Tarvit House plant sale recently.
As you can imagine, the trees in the background look a wee bit different now that we’re in November, this photo was taken about four weeks ago so the trees are less leafy although they’re certainly not bare yet. We’ve been having great weather this Autumn which has gone some way to making up for the dreadful summer we suffered. But of course people are beginning to say – We’ll pay for this in the winter!! I’ve got to the stage in life where I can’t be bothered with all that Presbyterian negativity – just enjoy things and expect a mild winter, you never know – it might come true!
If you want a laugh have a look at the video I took of the garden this time last year, on the spur of the moment and whilst the garden was being buffeted by Hurricane Gonzalo. I swithered about putting it on You Tube because it was my first go at a video and it’s really terrible. I hadn’t thought beforehand what I might say, but it does give a vague idea of my garden, although it has changed quite a bit since then. At the end of it I mention my plans to have a pond in it but that has gone completely out of the window as I decided it was going to be a haven for midges and we had thousands of them descend on us one day last month – with virtually no water in the garden, so I don’t want to encourage any more visitations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve just realised that I’m in that last photo, well my reflection is.