As it is coming to the end of October and the end of BST we are heading into the worst months of the year (November, December and January) as far as I am concerned. Winter for me is a time to plan ahead, redesign borders, choose plants for next year and dream of spring and the arrival of bulbs. It’s also a time to analyse what went well and what can be deemed a failure in the garden this year. So here goes.
(1) Success. Planting some of my Cosmos seedlings in the Bee & Butterfly bed. The tall white flowers looked gorgeous with the Verbena ‘Lollipop’. A planting I will repeat next year.
(2) Success. The new dappled shade bed beneath the Hazel and Willow trees. Well, mainly the Hazel which was severely pruned from the base this summer to reveal a rather nice twisted trunk. Several Heucheras were added this year along with Nepeta and an orange Geum. They seem to have melded nicely together. Forget-me-nots will arrive in spring along with crocuses.
(3) Semi-Success. Fuchsias in pots in the courtyard. Although not as bad as last year when they were attacked by rust, they haven’t grown as well as I had hoped. In spring I shall repot them and prune quite hard to try and make them bushier plants. They look ok here, but several pots didn’t perform as well.
(4) Semi-Success. Spring bulbs. I planted a lot of bulbs last autumn, especially Narcissi in the raised bed as well as tulips in pots. I have not lifted any so we’ll have to see if this is a repeat success next spring. Other than the spring display I am still not satisfied with this bed. It might be cleared next spring and become another herb bed.
(5) Success. The Cornish Hedge. Nettles, brambles and grass were removed last autumn and the wall rebuilt with the help of my son. I planted it mainly with cuttings from the garden and I have been pleased to see this former wild and ugly area looking really good this summer. The taller plants are not as successful as the wind bashes them down, but on the whole it’s doing well. Some tweaking to do in spring.
(6) Semi-Success. Patio pots. I grew the rest of the Cosmos seedlings in pots and although I loved the flowers they were too tall and looked very straggly at the base. I shall go back to the shorter Cosmos next year, and rethink what else I want in my pots -more annuals maybe.
Hopefully next year won’t be as difficult as this one for getting out and about and visiting nurseries in particular. It’s been a tough one and I am very grateful for my little plot of land that has kept me busy and sane. I shall be taking a break from the SoS for a while as there is never anything interesting in my garden over the next few months, but hope to be back with the Prop and all his friends in January. I will of course be checking in on what everyone else is up to.
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