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05/10/2013 at 19:03


06/10/2013 at 17:07

Lovely matt, 

the spiders will eat well tonight... Anyone for fly stew?


09/10/2013 at 13:07

Top of the list has to be osteospermum (jucundum compactum). This has been somewhat neglected in a semi shady spot but has bloomed constantly through the summer and is still flowering in abundance. Superb plant and have taken plenty of cuttings in the hope that they will come on too.

09/10/2013 at 13:11

Hiya AJK

yep, agree osteospermums have loved this past summer.  You no doubt know, cuttimgs are so easy right now.  Find they are best in full sun though....less folkage and more flowers. Nice to meet n greet ??ou

09/10/2013 at 13:14

Sorry, the edit function is not working so that post is full of errors. Hope you get the gist though AJK

09/10/2013 at 13:22

Hi Verdun, no problem, got the message!

Hoping the cutting do take, tried some with and others without rooting gel and am awaiting the results! Also just popped some in water to see if they would take. Do you have any additional tips? Do you remove most of the leaves for instance or only the bottom few sets? And do you let them stay in a drop of water or have them free - draining?



13/10/2013 at 11:01

Still plenty of colour in the garden for mid-October, I know its not going to last much longer though :P

 My Honeysuckle is flowering now on the 13th October xD

 Penstemon still looking incredible

 Alstroemeria and Astrantia still throwing up flowers


13/10/2013 at 11:45

Wow, still a burst of beautiful summer colour there mat

13/10/2013 at 13:35

Lovely Matt.

Pics Brum??

13/10/2013 at 14:03

ah the Elusive Camera charger, you think your never going to need it then throw it somewhere your guaranteed not to find it!

13/10/2013 at 15:01

At the moment the rain is the star of my garden, watering it all. Pouring for 2 days.

13/10/2013 at 15:20

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', sorry no pic. It's HUGE & has been flowering non stop for weeks. Covered in bees, weather permitting, no chance today

I want to split it & move the whole, as the back edge of my raised veg bed, yep not the ideal spot but just put it there couple of yrs ago as needed somewhere quick! OH has forbidden me to move all of it as it does make a wonderful sight. Drat, it also obscures/shades part of the  bottom patio where I like to sit out late afternoons. Oh well, hope to get 3 lots from it when I do brave splitting it. J.

13/10/2013 at 15:23

Agree with you Jo - lemon queen puts on quite a show here too.  Mine are right at the back of the border, so i am happy for them to get as tall as they like

13/10/2013 at 15:28

There's still more than a sprinkle of colour today ....



13/10/2013 at 15:32

Love your garden MrsG - your borders are looking great.  And next year you can stuff the even fuller with GH babies - what fun!!

13/10/2013 at 15:32

Well I do plan for 1 portion to go into the middle of a side bed to, hopefully, obscure next doors' swing seat/small patio. A 2cnd bit to the back of what will become next yrs veg plot- assuming I can deal with the roots remaining from the fruit bushes that I had to cut down- dont ask. And now that 3rd bit apparently has to stay in the 2cnd veg plot- hmm, I can feel a Chelsea chop session happening next spring to reduce the overall height of that clump! Corgettes will be in that bed so no problem, she says. J.

13/10/2013 at 15:35

Sounds a lot of planning there Jo.

Thanks Brum, Ollie and Ozzie (original hey?) say hi.

Hope so Chicky, trying to go for lots of a few rather than bits dotted about next year... As if! 

19/10/2013 at 14:44

Thought I'd post some pictures of my Autumn joys (or those flowers still hanging on!)

Not sure what the big yellow flower is in the last pic, came from a £1 box of scented seeds which I rather liberally shook on the small bed 






19/10/2013 at 16:23

Panda what a lot of colour still.

I have lots of fuchsias flowering beautifully but mystar has to be


19/10/2013 at 17:43

That is a beautiful colour Potty  My rescue fuchsias are still going strong, and my begonias in my biggest pot are still enormous and flowering away like mad!