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Friday
Oct072016

October 7th

We were away last weekend, and daylight is starting to get a bit scarce in the evenings around here now. I've been home a couple of days this week, but I've had a cold so hadn't thought about pictures. Getting back to normal now!

7th October 2016

I can't quite believe those Rudbeckias are still flowering. They are starting to go over now, but they have been pretty darned good. Things are in general looking a wee bit ragged though. It's definitely going into wind-down time. 

Blueberry

Having said that, this is actually a pretty fine display. That's one of my blueberry bushes. I didn't think of blueberries as Autumn colour, but that is a definite bonus. I even had a good crop of blueberries this year, and I hope the damned blackbird enjoyed them. (I did get some. Next year I may have to do nets.)

7th October 2016

There are acorns everywhere - that's mostly what's scattered across the patio. They make one hell of a noise when they hit the shed roof. There's still actually a fair bit of flower out too. The verbena has been wonderful all summer, and the russian sage are still going strong too. I hope they will continue to look good through the winter. 

Sedum

The sedum is just about at its peak now. I think it looks great against the cordyline. 

7th October 2016

I'm a little worried about the maple. It's lost almost all of its leaves already, without them really changing colour. I'm wondering if it got a little dry and stressed over the summer. We'll see what happens next year I guess. 

Need to get some more bulbs planted for Spring! 

Saturday
Sep102016

September 6th

Only a little late with this one. Was a smidge later with the photos than I'd hoped too. Ah well. 

September 6th 2016

The rudbeckia (bright yellow, on the right) are fully out now. I love them. There was a modern garden in Sussex Uni fully planted with these. I never had any success growing them in Brighton though. Here I suddenly have my very own patch. The plant behind them has also shot up. That's a ceanothus, although this year it didn't really flower. I'm hopeful for next year. 

September 6th 2016

A lot of the other colour has died back though. The rose is done for now. The catepillers ate all of the nasturtium. I'm hoping that at least means there were a few more butterflies in the world, and I didn't really need the pesto I was planning. 

September 6th 2016

The runner beans have been a lovely thing though. They were really tasty, although I think the ones left now may be a little tough. Fortunatly the french beans that I put in the potato pots are just about ready to eat, so we won't be without. 

Saturday
Sep102016

Garden update - 6th August

Very late. At least I got the photos taken.

August 6th 2016

Beautiful sunny day. The rudbeckia are almost out, lots of flowers.

August 6th 2016

You can see the bright red of the Soldier Boy rose on the arch. And the lovely nasturtiums in the herb bed.

August 6th 2016

And I've finally managed to support the apple tree.

It really was a beautiful day. Been a pretty good summer, all in. I can't believe how much it's all grown.

Saturday
Jul232016

Garden diary - July 3rd

Better late than never, right? 

July 3rd 2016

The foxgloves are flowering and everything got a bit bushier. 

July 3rd 2016

The early alliums are finished, but the seed heads are still spectacular. The rest of the bed is starting to grow up towards them. I've put the wigwam in for the runner beans, but they are a long way off the top of the canes yet. 

July 3rd 2016

The pots have all filled out a bit more and the clemetis are further up the arch. It's all growing at a rate of knots. And it's not quite a year old yet!

Monday
May302016

Garden diary - 30th May 2016

I've decided that the garden is now developing quickly enough to warrent monthly shots. Actually, I should probably have started in March. Hindsight is wonderful! So today we took the first batch, which will count for the start of June. 

There aren't as many different parts of the garden to take in this house! So that means I can get a few more angles in instead. The first is from the corner of the house out towards the south east:

May 30th 2016

I do like the blue shed. I really do. 

The next angle is from the shed back across, so the reverse of that previous shot:

May 30th 2016

That shot captures the best view of the acer. 

And finally the other diagonal, from the compost bins back to the garage:

May 30th 2016

It's a pretty grey day here, high cloud but solid. The garden doesn't seem to be minding too much though. 

The shots are taken with a wide-angle lens, so might make the garden look bigger than it is. Most of the shrubs are still pretty tiny, so there's lots of change going to happen over the next few years. It is all well under way though, and so far I'm really pleased.