It’s been a real mixed bag weather-wise this week, warm, cold, wet and windy, sunny and crisp – but as long as we see some blue skies every now and then, autumn isn’t at all bad. It’s a time of year when I look up at the trees more than down into the fading borders. As you can see from the boundary trees – lime, hornbeam and a big oak further back – they just on the cusp of yellowing.
This week’s Six on Saturday starts with a prize for anyone who can spot the red squirrel:
1 Red squirrel. Every morning, I watch a game of squirrel tag, as two red squirrels always bound through and up and down these trees, chasing each other’s tails and moving so fast that any hope of a decent photo is doomed. But it’s so nice to see them scampering around.
2 Pops of colour. I mentioned that the borders are fading, which is what we expect with the passing of the seasons, but I take my hat off to the Tithonia which continues to bring pops of orange to the vibrant border. One or two dahlias are also still in flower, though less exuberantly than before.
3 Patio pots. Berries, violas and a collarette dahlia are keeping the colour and interest going on the back patio. I’ve planted all the bulbs I’ve got so far – with narcissus and muscari in these little pots at the front. I need to keep a close eye on the narcissus to avoid last year’s disaster when all the narcissus bulbs in pots rotted – so this year they got lots of extra perlite and I’ll keep the pots lifted off the ground with crocks.
4 Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ is a fantastic pot plant, with lovely purpley rusty foliage all year round and pretty flower spikes that keep on coming for months. It’s especially good at this time of year.
5 Platycodon grandiflorus, otherwise known as the balloon plant, goes a bright sulphurous yellow in its autumn attire. Here in the cool shades border it’s in the company of an aster and the flower heads of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
6 Mulch, glorious mulch. This time last year I posted a photo of myself shovelling from a pile of mulch generously provided to local gardeners by our local farm. This year I was alone so only the mulch features in the photo, but what a great sight for a gardener: free organic matter and a brilliant way to recycle waste with minimal environmental cost. I filled three compost bags and plan to go back for more!
That’s all for this week, am in a bit of a rush today as Saturday errands are piling up, but remember you can see plenty more on The Propagator’s site. I hope everyone reading has a great weekend and fun gardening for those who feel the urge!