Monday, 31 October 2011

End of Month View ~ October 2011

It seems as if somebody has pressed the pause button on my EOMV border as it does not seem to look that much different to what it did one month ago. Ok the dahlias are now only sending forth the odd flower but other occupants are still going strong. Geranium 'Bob's Blunder' is still flowering his little socks off along with the chocolate cosmos and verbena bonariensis whilst one of the penstemons is getting its second wind. I have transplanted the thyme division that was waiting in the wings last month but I am afraid the bulbs have still to go in. I also now have some sturdy little dianthus plants to add to the border. These have grown from slips that I took from my parent's garden earlier this year - I don't know their name but they have the most wonderful fragrance. I am not sure whether to plant them out now or leave until spring - decisions, decisions.

It is still good gardening weather. We still have to have our first frost and October 2011 apparently is going to be one of the warmest on record in the U.K. since such recordings began. On the excellent BBC2 'Autumnwatch'  programme last week, one of the presenters said that this autumn has been dubbed a 'double dip' autumn which seems a most apt description. It did indeed start early but the end of September heatwave slowed its progress somewhat dramatically. However the last week or so has seen significant changes. I am now enjoying watching the leaves turning on the autumn flowering cherry which you can see in the above photo. The end of British Summer Time means that it will be soon be serious catalogue browsing and making plans for next year time so more of that soon no doubt.

With special thanks to Helen who blogs over at 'The Patient Gardener's Weblog' and who came up with the idea of an end of month view. It is a great wait of stopping still and taking stock.

14 comments:

  1. Hi Anna - thanks for taking part again. I love the view of your garden. At a propogation course I went on recently we were told not to rush to plant small plants out at this time of year but the wait until Spring so they would have more chance

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  2. There's some lovely autumnal colours in your photo. It's still rather warm here and we haven't had our first frost either, though it can't be that far away now, surely.

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  3. I thought it was a great description of this Autumn - a double dip Autumn. Still no frost here in Wales. Lots of rain though and I need some leeks for tea. Not very keen on going out but I guess it has to be done.

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  4. Still very mild here - I sat outside with a cup of tea in the sunshine on Friday - making the most of it while it lasts.

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  5. Looks lovely, Anna! While we are further along in autumn than you folks we did have a beautiful September and October, which were much appreciated 'round these parts. :)

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  6. Lovely colours. Still very mild here, and the leaves only really started to turn over the weekend.

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  7. It's mild here but I think chocolate cosmos would have stopped flowering by now. It's been (so far) a beautiful autumn, double dip or otherwise.

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  8. I am wondering whether we will get lots of snow like last year. I have found that the last two winters have dashed all plans to leave Dahlias and Cannas out all year and I am now tucking tender plants into the greenhouse - I won't get fooled again!

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  9. I literally gave a happy little sigh at that picture Anna. And I am so glad not to be the only one not to have planted the bulbs yet...

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  10. It's spring here, and I really loved seeing your autumn view. Our autumn this year was practically non-existent, we just seemed to go straight from summer to winter, so I'm still craving that autumn colour.

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  11. What a beautiful photos - such glorious colours. There's a whole stretch of the drive between Hatfield and Hertford with the most amazing autumn foliage - a bit distracting for a dual carriageway but a wonderful sight.

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  12. Love your colors! Most of our leaves have dropped, but we're still hanging on to a bit of the color show! :)

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  13. Your garden's looking lovely and autumnal. Most of the leaves had blown down in ours before they started turning colour this year :(

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  14. Your photo is captivating. I love the color tapestry. How nice that you've had such warm weather. Seems that you've had some unfriendly weather of late and I think you're due for a comfortable end to the gardening season.

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