Skip to main content

The Golden Season

I though I would start with this image, it isn't my garden, I hasten to add, just to prove to myself that an autumn garden can look good.  This morning the weather is a bit grey and it's starting to rain - why can't the weather stay the same for two days running?
The Rudbeckias in the cutting patch are starting to look a bit sorry for themselves, they are getting a bit droopy and ragged now, but they have been a really good bright spot of colour for weeks, so I musn't mind too much.  The rusts and yellows always seem more appropriate at this time of year, than the pinks and blues, I really must try to inject the garden with more next year.

The Sunflowers are still flowering well, despite the fact that the are all leaning at dangerous angles, and they are still pushing out plenty of buds.

Even though we have hardly had any rain, and I haven't watered them since they were seedlings, they have survived the harsh treatment and neglect.

These self-seeded Antirhinums have also done well, why is it that self-seeders seem stronger plants than those that we plant out.  Is it because they decide where they want to grow, and choose the best spot?

Finally, a picture of the Phaecalia, green manure, that I sowed in the empty potato patch - I love this plant for its fuzzy flower heads - and it's great to know that it is doing a good job as well as looking pretty.


  1. I like this time of year and there's still plenty of colour in the garden.
    I grow lots of phaecelia as well! Flighty xx

  2. Working AND looking pretty? That Phaecalia deserves a star! I always feel sorry for the plants still pushing out buds when the chances of them flowering are low...

  3. The golden season it is!
    Glad to find you on Blotanical, Elaine.
    Love your blooms....

  4. 'The Golden Season' - I like that. Delightful photos in the garden :) XOL

  5. I also like The Golden Season...that is what it is to me.

  6. The Grey day was certainly brightened up by some lovely blooms and colours. I especially like the rudbeckia, it may go on my wish list, Elaine. Do you know what one it is?

  7. Your sunflowers are lovely! And all your blooms are showing their stuff.

  8. I see you are on the top 5 pick of Blotanical! Good for you! Well deserved! I love your blog!

  9. Lost all my sunflowers to slugs this year and stupidly didn't resow. Self sown plants are stronger aren't they? I have antirrhinums. nicotiana and cosmos that are all fine, impressive plants - perhaps because they didn't get over leggy in the greenhouse? (I've just started twitter and found you there via Petra - can't say I understand it though. It may take me some time .....)



Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

the rise of the apple and the fall of the oak ...

Early morning.  We drove down to the lake for a stroll in the autumn sunshine; the air was chilled in the shadows but the sun was bright.  The water level was still very low; we have had hardly any rain for weeks.  On the spit of land a gaggle of Canada geese preening and resting.  The water still and calm.

 We walked further along the lane, and there just around the bend, my favourite oak tree; a lopsided old thing with winky-wonky branches.  But all was not well.  The trunk had split and there was a gut-wrenching open wound.
I loved that old tree and always take a photograph of it when we are down there; a kind of tradition.

Now, half the tree lying on the ground - only fit for firewood - such a shame - I felt really sad.

Spent the morning pruning the Amelanchier which had outgrown its space.  My neighbour came round with foxglove self-seeders which I planted beneath it now that there is some room.  I have finally come to the end of the garden restoration project -…

Down to Earth ...

A nothing much happened kind of week.  Mostly it rained and rained and rained.  The sun burst through for short periods then hid behind the clouds and it rained again.  The garden is flattened and battered and a soggy mess.  We have had the heating on it has been so chilly - even my pet sheep had their hats and scarves on.

On Monday electricians came and fitted an earthing device.  On Tuesday a different electrician came and earthed us (our earthing spike had deteriorated - whatever that is) - apparently new regs said it had to be done before the house could be signed off as completed.  The electrician also fitted the new ceiling lights to replace the water damaged ones.

And a new desk has been installed to replace the water damaged one.

Next week all the carpets are going to be fitted and voila - we're done.  Hurrah!

Meanwhile back at the ranch - every time the sun came out I rushed into the garden to take some pics of the least damaged flowers.

The view from the kitchen window

the sweet calm sunshine of September ...

" It was a morning of ground mist, yellow sunshine, and high rifts of blue, white-cloud-dappled sky.  The leaves were still thick on the trees, but de-spangled gossamer threads hung on the bushes and the shrill little cries of unrest of the swallows skimming the green open spaces of the park told of  autumn and change." ~ Flora Thompson

September has been a very productive month for me. I have worked hard in the garden with a feeling of racing against time; although, in truth, there is plenty of time to do everything - I just wanted to get it done while the weather was good, so much more pleasant working outside when it is a little warmer, rather than having to wrap up in coats and boots to get it all done.  I have planted every last bulb that I possess; those I saved from last year; those I bought this year; every piece of ground and every container has been put to use - if I don't get a good display in spring then something has gone seriously wrong.

Gardening fo…