Mid October view

October collage
October collage

Today I am posting this month’s photos for Garden BloggersBloom Day, hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens.

October has been a month for cutting things down here in the Welsh marches. We missed dealing with the shrubs last autumn when we were away and really needed to tame the rampant Portuguese laurels and eleagnus  we have in abundance, an overgrown cotoneaster ,immense weigela and yards and yards and yards of beech hedge. Feeling smugly triumphant, the OH has only to take his magic pruning saw to the Sambucus nigra and all the fruit trees, and he’s won. There’s going to be quite a bonfire this November 5th, following on from the two we have already had. There has been shredding too, but there’s not enough time to shred everything we cut down and the heavy duty shredder is very noisy. Interestingly, the woody shreddings we put on the compost heap last year were nested in by grass snakes. We found the remains of the eggs and one small, newly hatched baby grass snake last month. Very pleasing.

imageThe border flowers are slowly fading away, to be replaced by the colours of leaves and fruit . On the left is a glorious wild thing that grows opposite the drive, in a hedgerow, better in colour than anything in the garden! I have no idea whether it is a thorn or a crab apple.

Many of the plants that were in flower in the middle of September are still blooming-Michaelmas daises, verbenas, salvia, rudbeckia and heleniums, but this months collage has some fresh faces. You can see the first coloured leaf on my newly purchased liquidamber , a pink persicaria and the first flowers on the Sanguisorba tenuifolia Alba I bought in the summer. In the second row, another view of the Sanguisorba, late-blooming Cosmos “Purity” and the pink Hebe “Trudi”. The bottom picture is Gaura lindheimeri, one of a group I grew from seed.

Still in their containers by the greenhouse are some flowering grasses. There is Pennisetum Hammeln, with stiff brown seed heads, the softer, whiter flowers of Pennisetum rubrum and Panicum Heavy Metal , with its fat little seeds. The grasses, and several others that are less impressive to photograph now, are destined  for a new planting – the new piece of meadow we bought during the summer . On the day we bought it, it looked like the picture, bottom right. It’s going to be fun making it part of the garden, which is on the right of the picture, on the other side of the hedge.

Pennisetum and panicumimage

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9 thoughts on “Mid October view

  1. You have a lovely selection of flowers in your collage and the beautiful red tones in the hedgerow are stunning.
    Many thanks for stopping by and leaving a message.

  2. It is lovely to have so many blooms hanging around with this mild October weather and grasses are looking really good right now. I love Pennisetum and I have several Panicums. They are so elegant.
    I have been chopping back so many overgrown trees and shrubs this week. It is very therapeutic. It is great to stand back and see a real difference after an hour or two.

    1. It is very therapeutic, especially watching someone else do the hard bits! I just load up the wheelbarrows and take them to the bonfire.
      The grasses are lovely now. I’m a late convert to grass planting, since we had enough space to think on a bigger scale. We’re hoping to have a grass and perennial planting on the new meadow.

    1. We have ridiculously over ambitious plans for it- vegetables, prairie, orchard, picnic meadow, viewpoint, bird hide. Not sure how it will look! But first, establish a rabbit exclusion zone.

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