Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – October 2017

It is the middle of October, in two weeks we will put the clocks back at the end of summer time. The evening will be dark and we will feel winter is really here.

For this GBBD I decided to walk around taking photos of the various blooms that are still out.  If you had asked me before the walk I would have thought maybe a dozen good blooms. How wrong I was! Here are the photos I took (and there could have been more!)

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Salvia ‘Cerro Potosi’

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Rosa ‘Phyllis Bide’

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Rosa ‘Alister Stella Grey’

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Rosa ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’

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Rosa ’Wildeve’

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Rosa ‘Lichfield Angel’

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Rosa ‘Anne Boleyn’

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Rosa ‘Bonica’

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Rosmarinus officianalis horizontalis

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Ricinus communis ‘Impala’

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Anemone ‘Honorine Joubert’

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Clematis ‘Ville de Lyon’

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Cyclamen Self set hardy variety

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Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

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Rosa ‘Sombreuil’

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Cosmos ‘Versailles tetra’

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Aster ‘Starshine’

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Dahlia David Howard

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Rosa ‘Queen of Sweden’

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Clematis ‘Lady Betty Balfour’

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Rudbeckia ‘Rustic Dwarfs Mixed’

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Rudbeckia x Hirta Hybrida Cherokee Sunset

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Helianthemum ‘Ben Fhada’

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Phlox paniculata Uspekh

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Verbena bonariensis

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Aconitum x cammarum ‘Bicolor’

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Achillea ‘Credo’

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Rosa ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’

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Osteospermum ‘Tresco Purple’

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Rudbeckia ‘Herbstone’

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Aster praealtus

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Rosa ‘Shot Silk’

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Rosa ‘Awakening’

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Dahlia ‘Twyning’s After Eight’

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Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’

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Achillea millefolium ‘Terracotta’

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Coreopsis ‘Redshift’

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Clematis ‘Chelsea’

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Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’

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Rosa ‘Crown Princess Margareta’

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Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’

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Salvia involocruta bethellii

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Dahlia Bishop of Auckland

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Sedum ‘not known’

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Cerastostigma willmottianum ‘Forest Blue’

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Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff

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Geranium riversleaianum ‘Mavis Simpson’

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what is blooming in gardens around the world.

2017 Gardening Hours
Week beginning
October 7th
Total 2017 to-date Average per week
33 847 21

 

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Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day – May 2017

Foliage is everywhere now. At this time of year it is always new, fresh and clean. Last week we have had the first real rain this year, about 60mm in 48 hours, which has been great for the garden and has ensured all the leaves had been newly washed.17_05_21_5795Hostas catch the rain and look great.17_05_21_577017_05_21_5771Here a big leaf of Hosta Sun & Substance getting larger by the day.17_05_21_5808 A creeping thyme, growing in a planting pocket in the paving, is now covered with new small leaves. In four weeks it will turn purple with small flowers.17_05_21_5788Another herb, Oregano Origanum vulgare Aureum, has a wonderful yellow/green foliage and makes a great border plant as well as being useful for cooking.17_05_21_5791Arum italicum Pictum puts on a good display but this is short lived as the leaves disappear once it has flowered.17_05_21_5800Plume Poppy, Macleaya cordata, grows to about 2m and has the most delicate leaves.

Ferns continue to unwind their leaves17_05_21_5801and some just put out beautiful coloured leaves such as this Japanese Painted Fern, Athyrium nipponicum Pictum.17_05_21_5804These are the leaves of Geranium renardii and don’t they look great.17_05_21_5780Plenty of foliage but the purpose of the photo was to show the plants waiting to be put into the garden! As well as my dahlias, which have been hardened off before planting out, last Wednesday it rained and rained so what do gardeners do. We went to a good plant nursery and filled up the car with more plants!17_05_21_5782Dahlias in pots having been grown from tubers.17_05_21_5803And in the green house now the foliage of the future just staring out.17_05_21_5802Courgettes  waiting to be planted. Interesting the golden varieties also have gold leaves.

The gold foliage of Sambucus racemosa Sutherland GoldBerberis tunmbergii AureaPhysocarpus opulifolius Dart’s Gold and Euonymus fortunei Emerald ‘n’ Gold looks really great.

And the red foliage is not to be outdone! Heuchera ‘noname’, Berberis thumbergii ‘Red Chief’, Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’ and Acer palmatum dissectum.

The yew hedges have all put on new growth and look stunning.

Varigated foliage Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’, Cornus alternifolia Argentea and Osmanthus heterophyllus variegatus also adds interest.17_05_21_5784The beautiful leaf of Rodgersia aesculifolia gets bigger as the year goes on.17_05_21_5783Lastly the new leaves on the pleached lime hedge are wonderful.

Do have a look at Christina of My Hesperides Garden where she encourages us to look at the foliage in our garden rather than focusing on the flowers on the 22nd of each month. You will find links to other participating gardens there. Thank you Christina for hosting this meme.

Gardening Hours
This week Total since June 19th Average per week
28 832 17

No room in the greenhouse!

At this time of year the greenhouse becomes an essential building in any garden, large or small.17_03_23_5111Despite having a relatively large garden the greenhouse is not very large. The location is not ideal either as it faces west and has a large wall to the south and east. You may well ask “why did you put it here?” I would say that the main reason was that we did not want to spoil the views down the garden and the only other sensible location was totally shaded by a large old apple tree. Actually the location does have the advantage that it does not get over hot in the middle of summer.

Nevertheless, at this time of year I am always wishing that it was a bit bigger.17_03_23_5105At the end are Osteospermum cutting that have been over wintered and a bay tree which I bring in to protect it from the winter frosts.

On the left you can see dahlia tubers that have been planted up in potting compost and about two weeks ago received their first watering. I tend to lift all our tubers as we used to get hard frosts which could be fatal for any left in the ground. After drying them off (in an upside down position so that any liquids can flow out) they are then potted up in dry potting compost and kept either in the garage or under the staging in the greenhouse. 17_03_23_5109There is not enough staging so some are started off on the ground.17_03_23_5108On the right as you enter there are even more! The issue I have is that I always end up with more dahlia plants than I started with and I am always reluctant to throw away anything that could make a good plant. The greenhouse just get fuller!17_03_23_5110It is amazing how quickly the tubers burst into life. This one is Dahlia Arabian Night a beautiful dahlia with large, fully-double flower-heads of dark burgundy-red.

In a few weeks the dahlias will all have grown to maybe 30 cm high and I will cut out the growing tips to encourage more bushy plants. However they will need to be kept in the greenhouse until the frosts have finished in May. This immediately presents an issue as during this time there are many seed to plant and grow.17_03_23_5106This is already underway with trays of cosmos and poppies and in the incubator tomatoes and many more exotic flowers. This becomes a huge juggling act and eventually the whole floor will be covered with plants and the scent becomes overpowering. The aconites and Anemone Blanda White Splendour have already been moved out and I described these in Aconites and others spring delights.17_03_23_5107Two trays that will soon be ready to plant out are Anemone Nemerosa Robinsoniana  which I treat in a similar way to the aconites.

There is a very critical timing when the tomatoes need their final potting up and need to be located in their final position in the greenhouse. To do this some of the staging is removed and I just have to hope that we can get the dahlias planted out at that time.

Gardening Hours
This week Total since June 19th Average per week
12 621 16

Looking forward to spring and summer

IMG_8263It has been a cold, wet and windy week so I thought I would share with you some of the delights from spring and summer.

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There is lots to look forward to and spring is on its way.

Glebe House Garden

A couple of days in the garden this week. Turned one of the compost bins. An ideal job to keep you warm. The dahlia tubers have been upside down and drying out in the garage. Have potted them up in dry potting compost ready to start them off at the end of February.

Gardening Hours
This week Total since June 19th Average per week
14 512 17