I have been shamed by my fellow sixers! The shorter days and colder temperatures have me reaching for the blanket, the gardening books and a cuppa. I was even considering not posting a six! But reading Mr P’s links to today’s sixes have encouraged me to get out in the garden. I have not sown my sweet peas seeds, planted any bulbs and only just in time did I fleece my tender agapanthus plants. But then none of us are perfect are we? The very least I could do was to share six from my garden this week:
I garden in London and so get a little complacent about frosts. But this week the lawn has had a light frosting and it was clearly a sign that cold weather gardening had to start. Last year’s fleece was in shredded tatters in the shed and I hate all those white flaky bits. I hot footed it to Homebase and found some delightful green bags of 35gsm fleece with very handy draw string pulls. I usually fleece up the agapanthus armed with a stapler but these jackets were easy to pull over the plants and the fetching shade of green is slightly less obvious than white. Job done.
I was certainly lulled into complacency by the balmy days I experienced in Suffolk last week but the cold evenings are changing the colours of the garden. The persimmon tree is looking beautiful even as the leaves are falling.
The previously sun scorched hydrangeas are also taking on their winter hue.
But elsewhere the summer container plants are still in good health and I will leave them out throughout the winter. In mild years I have been able to carry the geraniums over into the next summer.
The white antirrhinum sowed from seed is still in flower at this end of the garden but elsewhere I have collected seeds from another plant that has done its bit for summer.
I recently planted out some gaura and pennisetums in a west border and alongside them I put in some Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’, which still thinks there’s time to put on a display. Thank you!
Thank you too, to everyone who shares their gardens on a Saturday. You provide inspiration, support and encouragement and always make me laugh! What more can you ask for? Well, if anyone’s free to plant a few hundred bulbs….