Saturday, 1 November 2014

End of Month View October 2014

I must say that I've truly enjoyed taking part in End of Month View posts this year.   Joining in has really made me concentrate on what's been going on in this border.  Work on this bed started at the beginning of the year.  Participation in this meme hosted by Helen over at The Patient Gardener's Weblog has been a bit of a change for me.  I chose the plants, planted them and let them do their own thing.  This is not how I normally go about things in the garden.  I'm a plant now and think later kind of gal, or I was.  It's been good to see how plants have settled and performed without my interference. Helen, credit to you, you've taught me how to be a bit more patient.  No pun intended, honestly. Thank you!

It's hot, hot, hot!  For October here in Edinburgh that is!  Despite a couple of cold mornings, the
End of Month View
September 2014
temperatures here in Edinburgh continue to impress.

Mind you, we are forecast more seasonal norms from next week onwards.  I need to find the time at some point to get out and chop a few things back.  Most of the flowers are finished, as you can clearly see in the large image below, taken a couple of days ago.

I think the Acer on the top tier is the stand out plant, foliage wise, this week.  Perennial wise, the Persicaria continues to impress me.  It is now entering it's 5th month of flowering.



End of Month View October 2014
A few other blooms are putting on a brave face.  Sadly, I've not seen any bees or other pollinators for at least a week.  It's shame really, as it's not only this border that has blooms, there are lots more elsewhere in the garden.  
Lupins, Sedum and Helianthus blooming end of October

Geum Bell Bank, might be showing signs of powdery mildew but it is not blighting some welcome late blooms.  These coppery pink blooms, may for some, be a bit wishy washy in comparison to other Geums available but I don't mind that, I rather like it.  I also find this plant holds a bit better shape than some that I've tried and got rid of before.

Geum Bell Bank flowering end of October 2014

The Photinia fraseri Red Robin, which for the first few months, was quite frankly, getting on my nerves and all summer it just blended into the background, so much so I hardly noticed it.  The plant had previously grown a bit straggly, not quite how I envisaged it.  So back in April I introduced some canes in an attempt at getting it to grow a bit more upright.  They seemed to have done the trick and is now making quite a nice shape.  It's earned itself a bit of a reprieve for now.

Photinia fraseri Red Robin
There is little else to report for this post, other than the fact, I spent a few weeks contemplating about how this area of the garden will look come spring time.  I noted at the beginning of the year that I would source bulbs to plant this autumn and to be honest, I'm betwixt and between on what to do. Nobody will venture up here in the winter, would they be a waste of time?  I know I should plant some for the early pollinators but I do have lots more elsewhere and I'm not sure how much of a difference having a few more here would make.  We shall see how I feel when the time comes.  It's not difficult to source bulbs by the pot full in springtime here.

I hope the weekend is a good one and I'm off now to see what's happening in your garden!  Thanks for reading.


29 comments:

  1. Goodness so many flowers it looks wonderful. I'm glad you find the meme helpful, it's funny you think I have taught you to be patient as I'm not very patient at all, my blog title is purely aspirational!!

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    1. Thanks Helen, it's been a pleasure to take part. Becoming a Patient Gardener is for me aspirational too but posting this meme has discouraged me from fiddling about with the plants soon after planting, something I've never quite got the hang off before and that has been a great learning curve for me.

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  2. Dear Angie, I like the way your bed looks quite a bit! It is calmer now in terms of the colors, but still lush and full, just perfect for the mood of this time of the year. The persicaria is truly impressive in her ability to bloom that long. I think, I had detected one at the local garden center, but didn't buy it, because I didn't know the plant and now seeing yours I could bite me in the butt. Maybe I will go again and find out if they still have it. I also love your geum 'Bell Bank' and really appreciate that its color is more toned down than the ones that I have noticed in other blogs. Often I find their bold colors too screaming for attention. I truly enjoyed reading your post! Wishing you a nice rest of the weekend!
    Christina

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    1. Christina, I hope you find the Persicaria suited to your garden and indeed return to buy it. They do make quite an impact. Yes, the Geum is a nice one - my local nursery describe it on the label as 'a classy Geum'. I have a couple of orange ones too but know exactly what you mean about their screaming colours.

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  3. Sempre molto colorato il tuo giardino! Vedo che quella bellissima Persicaria non smette di fiorire!! Eccezionale!

    Un saluto :)

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    1. Sì, è impressionante Pontos. grazie :)

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  4. The foliage has taken over and looks marvellous. You've created as effective a tapestry with that as you did with the blooms. I had thought my flowering geum was a bit out of kilter, but since then I've seen many others in flower so perhaps it's not so odd. I would add the bulbs, it will encourage you to wander up to that part of the garden, if only to see how they're doing!

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    1. I often find the early flowering Geums rebloom at this time of the year Jessica, I think the weather often fools them into thinking it's spring.
      I was tidying up there this morning and indeed found a few bulbs, now disturbed! I've looked back at an older post and find they are yellow crocus that I had completely forgot about. There will be bulbs!

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  5. I've been enjoying watching this area fill in and grow in lushness through the seasons. Your "wishy-washy" Geum appeals to me even though the ones I have are bright red and orange. I have another area where its subtlety would be perfect. We planted many Photinia for their rapid growth for screening unfortunate views. In spring, when the new growth bursts into flame, they emerge from their supporting roles into diva hood.

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    1. I have never really been a fan of the Red Robin but I picked this up very cheaply a couple of years ago Rickii, they are useful for screening as you say and this one will do just that with the neighbour's greenhouse.

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  6. Even though there is considerable difference between the September and October overviews, the garden is still vibrant and pretty. The lupins are amazing and I love the color added by the persicaria. Photinia was very popular here about 20 years ago but once the shrubs became overplanted a terrible fungus attacked, so now they are out of favor.

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    1. I seem to remember reading somewhere that there is something here that they suffer with too Marian, I must look it up and what it is. They can be a bit of a hit or miss here in Scotland as the cold can affect them quite a bit.

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  7. The pollinators here are few and far between right now too. I've enjoyed contributing to this meme this year too, I concentrated on one area, and I've really learned a lot watching its progress over the year. You've done a fabulous job on your EoMV spot too!

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    1. Yes, we both chose a new area of planting Alison. You made a great choice too with your bottle bed, I've enjoyed seeing what you've achieved there too.

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  8. Between the foliage and the remaining flowers, you still have a lot of color in your border, Angie. I'm always impressed at how full it is. I understand your hesitancy about investing time planting bulbs - I'd fully intended to put more in this fall myself but other priorities took over.

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    1. Considering I have already planted in excess of 200 bulbs elsewhere in the garden this autumn Kris, I was beginning to think I could take or leave them up hear but as of today, I found a few bulbs up there, I had unwittingly disturbed them when weeding. The area won't be completely devoid of bulbs but I can always build on them in years to come.

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  9. I'm still trying to decide whether a persicara and maybe helianthuswill fit into our new bed. I'm going for a hot colours theme.

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    1. Hot colour theme was exactly the look I was trying to achieve here Sue. I'd say give them both a go, especially the Persicaria as it flowers for so long.

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  10. Hi Angie,

    I think your garden still looks really good, and lucky you with all the wonderful weather! Ours has been disappointing since mid September really, but the past couple of weeks have definitely been much better and often been very warm during the day - too warm for my thick woolly coat really, need to use a thinner one.

    I love your Lupins and wish I had some blooming this late... I've always loved them since I was a young girl but I'm beginning to wonder if they don't love me. They never seem to last long here, and often the year after they have a massive show with lots of flowers and are looking incredibly healthy, they don't come back. I'm starting to think I'm not going to bother any more with them - my white one had an amazing show this year, I cut it back to promote late blooms but it's died. And I don't think it'll be back next year. Same happened with a lovely purple/fuchsia one a few years ago.

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    1. I tend not too feel the cold too much Liz - I work outdoors all night and therefore out in some rather cold weather, a nip in the air during the day doesn't quite bother me so much as it does others. You need a coat for every eventuality I think.
      Sad that the Lupins don't like you ;) I wonder if you cut them back a bit too far. I've found in the past that cutting them right down doesn't work as those big hollow stems just seem to fill with moisture and rot the plant at the base. I tend to cut it off just enough to allow the foliage to hide it.

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  11. Hi Angie, I think you've achieved a really good balance of flowers and foliage in this border, it looks great. Can you not see any of the border from the house? I'd always be tempted to squeeze in bulbs and hellebores if possible, it uses bare ground and as Jessica said, encourages the occasional wander when otherwise you might not venture up there. Mind you, bulbs are one of those things you can add gradually over the years as the border develops anyway. Love your helianthus, is it staked?

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    1. Thanks very much Janet. There are a couple of Hellebores up that and as off today, I found some bulbs when weeding, so it won't be too bad. You can see some of this border from the house but more often than not the lawn is just a squiggy mess, therefore I tend not to go up there.
      The Helianthus is not staked, it surprised me that it coped so well with the winds, as did the Cardoon - which I usually have to stake.

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  12. Your garden is still a joy to behold, Angie. Lemon Queen has stunning autumn foliage and should be a great sight for a while yet. We're expecting cooler weather as well - guess it's no harm as there's plenty of work waiting at my desk. So cheerio, long autumn nights ;)

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    1. Oops, too late Annette - I got stuck in today and cut it all down!
      In my defence, I took full advantage of the great weather and the fact that there was room in the garden bin to put it all as it was emptied on Thursday. I'll need to keep your advice in mind next year.
      I've a few odd jobs needing done around the house that I've been putting off for when it gets too cold and wet for outdoors. I hope it doesn't get too cold yet.

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  13. Five months of flowering - I've got to get me some Persicaria. Your garden looks great for the end of October. We've also had a very warm fall until just a couple of days ago.

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  14. The border is looking very good Angie - it shows what can be achieved when you really focus on something. I have a border that is bothering me and was thinking that I will just focus on that next year in order to see if I can sort it out better. Clearly that has worked for you, so I hope it will for me too.

    So many pretty flowers you still have, and in Edinburgh too! Really impressive. I wouldn't count out adding bulbs to this border. It might help encourage you to visit it more in the winter/early spring?

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  15. Your new bed is looking so great, and filling in nicely. Lovely coppery Geum, I haven’t seen that one before. And I know what you mean about the Red Robin, I had one for many years down at the bottom of my garden (before the foxes killed it by tunnelling right under it). At first I could not get it to grow fast enough, then I could not get it to grow straight enough – and eventually it grew like mad and I had to prune it every 3 months or else it would have filled the whole end of my garden. Madness. But the foxes solved the issues for me, although not exactly the way I would have done.
    I hope you have a good week, even though the warm weather has gone and we are into more ‘normal’ weather :)

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  16. Angie, your garden looks nice this autumn, congrats!
    Lovely combination of colors: yellow, dark red, green, blue. I've seen on TV the heavy rain and wind in Scotland, is it true?
    Have a nice week!

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  17. Angie I have enjoyed watching this garden grow through the seasons. And you have nice weather still? How wonderful. Not so here. I love the color of that geum and I do like that Red Robin bloomed so long although I know you may be tired of it.

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