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Gracedieu Lass's Journal October 2017

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Is It Worth It.

30 October 2017 13:22:05

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After spending this morning lifting dahlias I am wondering if it is worth it. I have to say it is not my favourite job with all the muck and water that is involved in the task. Paddy had a hard job lifting the tubers as some of them are very large and the ground now is sticky. After giving them a wash we now have them drying off in the garage and will pack them away in peat, hopefully next week. 

The garden looks dreadful now with most herbaceous plants waiting to be cleared away.  This year the autumn colour has been cut short with the storms of the last few weeks but we did manage to clear lots of leaves with the help of the lawnmower. It was a fast and furious fall of leaves. 

During the hurricane we had a Garrya elliptica 'James Roof', a twenty five year old plant, toppled over, but otherwise very little damage in the garden. Weeds are flourishing in the mild weather, so plenty of work to keep us busy and I still have tulips to plant into containers. The forecast for the coming week seems to be good for gardening, so hoping to continue with the clearing up before winter bites.

Dahlias, Summer 2017.

05 October 2017 09:21:41

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I was at my local gardening club last evening and was speaking to one of the members, who is a keen dahlia grower. He grows a large amount of dahlias as his wife is a flower arranger and uses a lot of homegrown flowers in her arrangements. He was telling me that it was a disasterous year for him with hardly any flowers and foliage like net curtains. He would grow his dahlias in rows, like veg and not in his garden among other plants, so would be able to see which ones were not doing good and be more critical of their performance. For me this year has been a great year for dahlias, as they seem to enjoy the moist warm weather we had and are still going strong apart from the foliage being a little tatty. They had a long season of flower as well, flowering from late May and were huge plants when I planted them out. My favourite dahlia this year was Dahlia ' Admiral Rawlings' , the colour of the flower is sumptuous. Other favourites are Dahlia 'Bloodstone', Dahlia 'Gloire de Noordvgijik', Dahlia 'David Howard'and Dahlia 'Chat Noir'. Did any other members find this a good year for dahlias?

 

My Best 'Buy' of Summer 2017.

03 October 2017 17:31:06
Lophosoria quadripinnata.

Lophosoria quadripinnata.

Well not a 'Buy', but being in the right place and the right time. I was lucky enough to be given a fern Lophosoria quadripinnata. It has a beautiful large fronds and the underside is grey. It has grown very well with all the rain this summer. 

Foraging.

03 October 2017 17:14:35

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At lunchtime today we were watching a hen pheasant taking a very keen interest in the beautiful berries of Callicarpa profusion. She spent several minitues jumping up and down trying to knock them to the ground and then gobbled them down as fast as she could. Callicarpa is a lovely shrub at this time of year and will develope a gorgeous leaf colour as the month progresses and not to big, so suitable for a small garden.

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