Gertie’s Garden … October 2016

Gertie’s Garden … October 2016

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Golden yellow violas are still waiting in the garden sink for their Winter home …

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… and also waiting to be planted out are Cyclamen.

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Cyclamen always have decorative leaves but at this time of year many other flowers and shrubs have extra-colourful leaves too.

As Hydrangea flowers turn deep pink, so do their leaves.

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Cranesbill/Geraniums no longer flower, but their leaves are stunning.

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Varieties of Virginia Creepers at last reach their zenith …..

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… along with Blueberry leaves and some Begonias.

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Even the dying off branches of the little blue fir on the Blue Hill, attain a rather fetching tan colour!

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This Fuchsia always has lovely leaves, and there are other Fuchsias still blooming and re-blooming, filling the little garden rooms with bright colours.

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I love the way in which these fat, pink ones catch the light.

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Pelargoniums and their cuttings flower on, and soon will have to go under cover during the Winter months, but not yet!

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Campanula has a third flowering, albeit sparse, and that blue Lobelia basket just goes on and on. It’s coming up for its second Winter season.

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I hope this mixture will prove as stout over-Winter.

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The pale blue stars on the Blue Hill have been joined by blue Violas.

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Tomatoes have to be finally gathered green next week, and the vines and the beans taken down and their roots dealt with accordingly.

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The pathway still waits to be mended; the tree stump given its hair, and more young plants must be put into the nursery bed in the corner with Jane’s Foxgloves which are putting up a good fight against slugs!

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Even fat little frog Gilbert, has not yet gone into hibernation.

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Whilst I was away, something was pushed onto the middle of the stump squashing the Cyclamen. I have seen Foxy running through twice recently, and although deterred by my chilli pepper dust, that ginger tom is still about ggrr!! but it was probably a Squidge!

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At the beginning of October Penstemons were still blooming and I took some cuttings.

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A few late and largely twisty beans added to a couple of tasty meals.

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Jobs to do …..

Check all the various cuttings and make them safe for cold weather to come.

Re-organise green shed and green bins, clearing the front entrance room.

Clear tomato and bean vines and stakes.

Dress and cover the raised bed to lie fallow for a short while till I think what to do with it next!

[Note to self, mug up on soil chemistry and the varying needs of plants and crops.]

Finish re-making the path near the composter.

Prune the berry and currant bushes … quick!

Buy and plant tulip and daffodil bulbs asap.

 

Anne … End of October 2016

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8 Responses

  1. Beanstew says:

    I’m most impressed Anne by the show you are still getting from your fuschia. It’s not something I’ve ever planted – but possibly I have misjudged the genus… Like you I’ve got a further flowering on a campanula, and flowers on a tibouchina which has produced a number of 4ft long new growths. Great photographs as always.

  2. gertie says:

    Thanks Sheila :rose: I am surprised at the continuation of the fuchsias … was expecting to be cutting them back by now but they are glorious.
    I bet your Acer is glorious too … saw so many of similar genus on our travels across France. The colours en route were gorgeous :dance:

  3. cilla says:

    It is all looking gorgeous Anne, those fuchsias are fab-u=lous :-) . I love all the colour, well done considering all your trips to France. :rose:

  4. gertie says:

    Thanks Cilla … it’s so not tidy, spacious, serene and beautiful like yours, but it’s full of unexpected colour even now … love it :lol: :rose:

  5. Amazing, Anne :good: and I noticed we have a clematis in flower again ;-)

  6. gertie says:

    I looked for the one in the Holly Tree that was blooming at the end of September Jane, but apart from browning leaves , the flowers had gone. what colour/sort have you blooming? :rose:

  7. Morning Anne :-) no idea of the name but it’s like the one called ‘Black Tea’ on this page I’ve just found
    http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-deep_purple/
    Haven’t seen the site before but like the way they organise by colour: http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-by-colour/
    If it were actually Black Tea, apparently it would have a second flush Aug/Sept, so with this year being so odd, it mightn’t be surprising that it’s in flower :confused: !!

  8. gertie says:

    I like that plummy colour :good: Mine is more like President, tho’ smaller, and it climbed to about 15 feet into the tree :lol: :rose:

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