Into the conservatory (1) that is. Given that the weather has been pretty shocking lately : far too much rain and also ‘stiff’ breezes from both the north and then the south has kept me out of the garden for the last couple of weeks (personally I think a stiff breeze in Cornwall is understated), I figured that you might enjoy a look around the conservatory now that it has been decorated. Often referred to as the garden room or even Orangery (although I have yet to make good on my promise to myself to buy a citrus tree and maybe some more exotic plants). In the meantime it hosts the (far too many) pelargoniums and the more tender succulents over winter such as aeonium and echeveria.
Plants that dislike the wet as much as the cold find themselves hiding in here during the Cornish winter. The lovely red flower is the Pineapple Sage which is a tender plant that spends all summer in the sun next to the herb bed, it flowers in the winter providing some much needed colour. (2)
Although you are supposed to cut your Pelargoniums (3) down by half to overwinter them I always find this difficult to do when there are still flowers and buds to be seen. I’ll give mine a few more weeks then cut them back in January. For now I appreciate their colours.
I also appreciate the colours of the stems and fruit of the tender Fuchsia, which appears to still be growing, and the Begonia. I will remove the Begonia corms in a day or two so they can dry out, but this red stem caught my eye. (4)
Finally, six Auricula (5) plants that I bought last winter. I’m not sure why and I am sure I don’t really know how to look after them. They are tough alpine plants so can withstand the frost and cold, but hate the wet, so I have brought them indoors to keep them dry. They like shade so they can’t stay on this windowsill once the sun makes its way back round, but for now they should be OK. In spring I’ll put them back outside by the woodland border and hope they flower next year. And I also need to buy more little pots to plant those plantlets into which I think I should have done already!
And a last look, from indoors, at the tidied garden and jet-washed patio ready for winter. (6) I still have to cut down the irises, Japanese anemones and the Meadowsweet from the area behind the sink. I am still thinking of creating a small, natural pond there, but that will now wait until the spring. No chance of any gardening at the moment!
As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world. There might be a few soggy gardens this week!
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