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Storm Aileen.

12 September 2017 21:08:24

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Storm Aileen seems to have passed with little rain and not very strong winds. I went gardening this morning thinking that the weather was going to turn terrible by lunchtime. It was not until about three o'clock that the rain arrived and the wind was blustery, but not terrible and by teatime it had cleared away.

The leaves are starting to turn colour now and berries are starting to take over from the flowers of summer. Dahlias are still going strong, but I don't think they will last much longer as the temperatures are starting to fall in the evenings. The hydranges are getting their faded autumn colour when the pink/red ones take on a ruby colour and the blue ones look a little metallic. 

The compost bin is growing everyday with the amount of plants being cut down and the grass growth has not slowed down yet. 

I was delighted today when I discovered Colchicum autumnale Alba just starting to flower. I grow many of the pink ones, but the white one is so clear and white, a real delight. The cyclemen are at their peak now and will go on for a least a month more and their beautiful marked leaves will be there all through winter. We are so lucky to be able to garden most of the year and even in deepest winter there is always a plant for us to enjoy.

The photos accompanying the journal were taken at seven thirty this evening and from the light you can see the nights are drawing in now.

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 September 2017 21:41:45

I admire your 'Hydrangea Walk' each year, Mary. They are absolutely stunning. Yes, autumn is definitely making its presence felt. But I won't give in to putting the heating on until at least October.

JoanG JoanG 12 September 2017 21:46:50

Winds are forecast for overnight Mary but I don't think it will be too bad.  Your hydrangea border is mellowing beautifully and the dahlia display still fabulous. I went for a long walk this morning thinking it would be raining by lunchtime, then still had time to do a round of deadheading before the rain came in late afternoon.  

Dick Dick 13 September 2017 12:15:04

Your garden is superb, Mary. We had little rain over the last few days, mainly the odd heavy shower. September seems cool compared to normal. The south and east seem to have had the best of the weather.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 00:02:39

Definitely a touch of autumn the past couple of days - I agree with Dick that it is a bit cool - except when the sun comes out and takes us by surprise!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 14 September 2017 00:15:04

Great photos. Love the hydrangea walk. Am wondering what you had in the bed before the lovely Dahlias made their appearance?

Jackie Jackie 14 September 2017 19:26:05

Mary fabulous photos of your fabulous garden. Just beautiful

The weather has been a real downer this week. Didnt notice that storm if Im honest, I did notice the wind and rain but then its been like that on and off this past week I really didnt think it was a storm. Thankfully everything here survived what we got. I find the evenings are very cool. Today was a lovely day and some warmth in the sun  but got a bit showery this evening.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 September 2017 12:49:39

Just back from Clonlara Co Clare from baby-minding duties and back on duty again on Monday, so hoping to get a little clearing up done tomorrow and off to Cork on Sunday to the Fota Plant Sale and from there to Clonlara, busy times. Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the garden. 

Elizabeth, I had a few dahlias there and a Veronica gentianoideas, which was taken over. 


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