Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Unfinished Garden – Looking Ahead

19 September

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Not so much to see in terms of ‘before’ and ‘after’ this week because the main focus has been to get four big bags of bulbs in the ground. One being a mix of blue and white crocus, and three of large daffodils. Probably 150 bulbs altogether, which sort sounds a lot, and yet once you get out there they don’t seem to cover a big area. I have a bulb planter, which does make the task easier, after you have loosened the soil a bit. Though I know there’s a school of thought that says they are unhelpful to the growing roots because pushing the planter down into the soil makes the sides of the hole compacted.  But I’m afraid my new garden residents will just have to make the best of it.

Even with the bulb planter it’s very hard to get them as deep as they are supposed to be – twice the bulb’s height below the surface. So I cheated and added a thick layer of compost mulch just in case.

Two more new season purchases from the garden centre last week – a yellow Chrysanthemum and half a dozen small Heathers. The ‘mum’ has gone into a pot on it’s own …

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… but the Heathers will have to wait until something else starts to go over.

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Meanwhile indoors I’m so proud that the Phalaenopsis Orchid I was given last Christmas has put on a second splendid array of flowers.

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The instructions which came with it said on no account to leave it sitting in water. In fact it turns out this is exactly what it likes, or so it seems to me at any rate.

The Unfinished Garden – A Late Flourish

6 September

Out of the blue, as it were, a perfect September afternoon, low sunshine bathing everything in warmth and a sense of plenty.

I pottered without any particular project in mind, dead-heading Pelargoniums and Calendulas and pulling the Speedwell out of the winter flowering Heathers that I will be relying on before long for some cheerfulness when all around is dormant. This brought me towards the back of garden, where the wild things are, and I finally got round to pruning back the Eleagnus and the Ponticum Rhododendron which were threatening to hold hands across the path. Not too much though, for fear of exposing the ugly yellow brick house whose garden backs on to ours.

The Sedums are starting and they’re so welcome because they get going with enthusiasm just as other things are fading.

And of course the other autumn quintessential is the springing up of mushrooms in the lawn. Not edible, presumably, but somebody’s been nibbling at them.

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