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JoanG's Journal November 2016

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Photos of the year

24 November 2016 20:57:44

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Taking up PeterW's suggestion, here are three photos from 2016 in the garden.

No doubt about the star plant for spring, Camellia 'Donation'; there were about 500 flowers on it this year!

The second photo is of part of the back border, which I have snapped from the same spot a few times this year in order to track how it changes.  While it's more colourful from July through September/October, I like its quieter harmony of early June. The pale blue flower is Geranium 'Summer Skies'. 

And one from the front garden with Penstemon 'Evelyn', 'Olivia Rose Austin' and regal lily in early July.

Hope others will follow on with this idea ... would love to see your photos!



A sad sight

11 November 2016 21:04:57

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Alas, the beautiful mature aspen tree in the large garden behind us is no more. Yesterday morning I heard the chainsaw and was horrified to see the main branch coming down.  Within half an hour it had all fallen and the sound of cutting, chipping and clearing continued throughout the day.

This tree has been the main feature of our borrowed landscape as long as we have lived here.  It shivered in the slightest breeze and whispered to me whenever I sat or worked in the garden.  Being so tall, it was a main staging post for birds passing through in the winter months and a roost for the local avian wildlife. 

The garden owners are kindly responsible people, so I have to assume there was a good reason for cutting it down, though it looked perfectly healthy from here.  Perhaps a suitable metaphor for the events of this week?  All I know is that I shall miss it greatly. 

Back garden this autumn

08 November 2016 22:30:08

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On the first dull wet day for quite a while here, just thought I'd remind myself what a lovely autumn we've had so far by posting an album of the back garden in September and October.

I'll probably take a few more photos during November to finish the album, provided the rain doesn't keep coming!

Red and silver

01 November 2016 20:49:28

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I didn't plant these shrubs and perennials with this colour combination in mind; the changing foliage colour of autumn has created the pictures for me!

Euonymus alatus and Pittosporum 'Irene Patterson'.  The euonymus starts going a pale red in late September and deepens to this bright cherry red before the leaves fall.

The second photo is of Heuchera 'Blackberry Jam' with the viburnum bought at Crug two years ago (not growing much!) and Pulmonaria 'Blake's Silver'. 

Also enjoying this autumn

01 November 2016 20:39:03

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Like Jackie, I'm really enjoying the lovely autumn weather we've had so far.  I was in west Cork for a short break last week and the colours were only glorious.

Got out to the garden about noon today and finally started on my list of autumn jobs. Cut back and divided a few perennials, swapped two different daylilies from one bed to another, planted Iris reticulatas and white Fritillarias and was in the middle of digging up plants in the wavy bed to get some manure under them when I discovered a long, fairly thick root travelling right across the bed and disappearing under the path on one side and lawn on the other.  Oh dear; all I could do was cut it off at both sides, reckon it must come from the huge (but utterly lovely) aspen tree in the large garden behind us. 

So I didn't get as much done as I had hoped but was well satisfied with my day when I came in just after dark. 

These photos were taken on Sunday, lots of colour still to enjoy. 


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