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Autumn colour

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 11:50

I expect everyone is waiting for a blaze of colour from their acers!  The berries this autumn are even better than last year so I am expecting some lovely pictures.  About the middle of October is when the arboretums round here look their best.  The summer has been an extended one and the summer flowers are lingering on.  Because of the cold snap in the spring a lot of the summer show is a month late - late dahlias and annual asters mixing with the autumn flowers like nerines and Michaelmas daisies.  So early autumn colour this year has not been the usual.

autumn and winter

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 09:17

Your daffodil bulbs already have the flower inside if they are flowering size.  The time to feed is after they flower while the foliage is still green.  Deadhead the daffodils till you have too many to do this by which time you may have to dig up the clump and separate out the new bulbs to avoid having blind clumps.

autumn and winter

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 19:41

I have just bought three hypericums for the autumn.  They have green, pink, or red berries depending on whether they are called Green Lion, Red Lion or Sweet Lion.  Only groe to 40cm so ideal for small gardens or rockeries in a large garden like mine.  Here is their picture.

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autumn and winter

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 12:33

If you grow hawthorn, cotoneaster, pyracantha, berberis, etc you can look forward to lots of berries and lots of birds to feed on them.  I love asters in the autumn and cyclamen and hellebores and snowdrops in the winter.  A good shrub is skimmia - female for berries, male for red flowers all winter long.  But my favourite for flowers and fruit together is chaenomeles.  Mine is very old and has red little rose like flowers all the year round but mostly from December on.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 12:21

For great germination. Chicky ,there is nothing to beat zinnias and asters.  I was running out of places to put them and you know what a huge garden I have.  result   many of them found a home in pots with seedling shrubs and trees already in them!   Are your lovely crocus speciosus?

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 11:34

A freebie packet of aster seeds has given me the stars in my garden this week.

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Autumn colour

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 11:29

My roses often flower till Xmas and they get the chance to compete with the autumn leaves.  this is John Betjeman vying with Lythrum salicifolium for attention.

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Autumn colour

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 12:21

Not only the cyclamen give us good pinks in the autumn.  The fading flowerheads of hydrangias look good with the sedum spectabile in my back garden.

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Talkback: Putting hardy gerberas to the test

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 14:43
I have a yellow one and it has been so lovely all summer and still is. I think I shall look for more next year as they are so good.

Whats your plans for next year.

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 14:37

Botanical Latin is not at all like classical Latin which i enjoyed learning for six years at secondary school simply because the stories were all abiut the Romans whose historical link with our country had fascinated me at primary school.  Knowing the roots of the botanical names from my school Latin does help to understand the plant. I am not likely to cut down a plant in autumn without gloves if it has lacca (milk) in its name as the sap is usually irritant.

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