Chris pointed out this week that the best sunsets happen at this time of year, something I’d never appreciated – I thought beautiful sunsets were weather dependent. Since he said it I’ve noticed how right he is. The angle of the sun bouncing off the underside of clouds. It’s enough to drag your eyes up to the heavens. Continue reading Smudging seasons→
We were really taken with plantswoman Diana Ross’ stunning garden around the corner in Clapham when we visited on the NGS in September. We’ve stayed in touch since and I popped back last week to see the beautiful autumn colours. Filled with Miscanthus and Calamagrostis, Melianthus, Sambucus, a mature Clerodendron, an eye catching purple vine and a lot more. I’ll let the pictures do the talking in the below gallery (click to enlarge). Continue reading Autumn colour in Diana Ross’ garden→
Down the side of our Victorian maisonette is a narrow alley way. It’s where I started our garden so I know its seasonal patterns well. The side wall is pretty much south facing so gets blasted with full sun in the summer. The alley is only 1.5 m wide at one end and 2m wide at the other. The six foot boundary fence creating full shade on the other side. This creates two opposing conditions packed tightly next to each other, something very common in urban gardens. Continue reading Having fun with shade and sun→
It feels like Kew Gardens is upping its garden design efforts – or perhaps I’m just more aware of them. The grass and salvia borders look absolutely stunning in the autumn sun, and it was exciting to see the new 300 metre long Broad Walk borders turn from muddy patches in spring to being stuffed with young perennials waiting to burst out next year. Continue reading Autumn at Kew Gardens→
October is almost over, so here’s a diary of what’s been going on in Littlebury gardens to refer back to next year.
The month started fairly mild, but has been wet and the weather has now finally gone cold (reaching -8 degrees at night by the 21st). Which is fantastic news because the Vine Weevil menace should now withdraw until next year! The neighbours will think me less mad as I won’t be going out at night with a torch. For now.
Our friend Ian helped us shift a load of soil and rubble to the tip at the weekend, which meant we could bring in a load of muck to improve the soil and mulch around some plants. I’ve been weirdly excited about improving the soil. Job done.
What’s going on with the weather? Although it’s dark by about 6.30pm now, it’s still sunny and very hot in the day time. Not that I’m really complaining, but I wouldn’t mind a frost to start killing off the pests and diseases.