Another month has flashed by…
As i wandered round The Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley last week I was making a mental note of any colour for this time of year. To be honest not a lot stood out. The trees were resplendent in autumn colours as one would expect, there were some unidentified tall white grasses near the glass house but you had to look closer to spot anything that would be of use in my small northern garden.
Red Dogwoods were brilliantly coloured but more suitable for an urban park than my borders but there may be room for a couple at the back of a shrub bed. Pyracantha, Firethorn, seemed more colourful than the Cotoneaster in my garden, though with their thorns maybe a position against a wall would be best. So that is two to buy in for next year.
But what about now, Last week we had the deluge for a few days and now morning ground frosts have become established.
Leaves continue to colour and then blow around the lawn and into my pond, which needs a good clear out.
Spot the fish.
Nerines are flowering still, as last month, but little else. My Mahonia Charity has started flowering and will do so over winter.
Hydrangea heads are drying out and showing pastel shades, I should get round to picking some.
The seed heads of Phlomis are worth leaving on the plants over winter for their intricate structure.
The holly berries have been eaten by the blackbirds but red berries on the Berberis shrubs are lasting well.
The trees are almost bare of leaves and this has enabled some lovely low sunsets on the last few clear evenings.