A Frosty Morning Workout.

Every January I wait for a frosty morning to pollard the Acer negundo Flamingo.

Without the cold weather, even in January, the sap will pour from the cut wounds, which could over time weaken the tree. The branches provide a lovely winter grey blue colour.

This is done to maintain the beautiful leaf colours, otherwise it can revert to green.

The first cuts.
Done, now back inside for a coffee and warm up.
Acer negundo Flamingo

Next the rambling roses.

Do you have a cold weather must do job?

Top Ten for October.

Choosing my Top Ten flowers in Our garden@19 is difficult at any time of year, however one for October has to be the Michaelmas Daisy. (Aster/ Symphyotrichum.)

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Symphyotrichum n.a ‘Harringtons Pink’.

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Symphyotrichum n.a ‘ Barrs Violet’.

This white one appeared in the garden two years ago. I think it may have come in with another plant. It is a runner (ie.invasive) by the appearance of its roots, I was unsure whether to keep it, until it flowers then, when it does, I relent.

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I like the way it blends in beautifully with number two, the Acer griseum, ( I know its not a flower, I hope Chloris approves*, See below) with its peeling cinnamon like bark…

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Acer griseum

…along with the Molina ‘Karl Foerster’. The Grasses make a lovely contribution to the October garden, therefore they are my number three.

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Molinia ‘Karl Foerster’

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Molinia ‘Karl Foerster’

 

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Calamagrostis brachytricha

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Calamagrostis x a. ‘ Karl Foerster ‘ and Miscanthus sinensis

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ has been a feature in this garden ever since I first saw it in Bob Brown’s, Cotswold Flowers, display beds. It stands at the back of the border, stiff and upright without the need for support.

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Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.

In the White and Green garden the amazingly reliable Iceberg rose is still flowering…

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Rose Climbing Iceberg.

…along with a late planted Sweet Pea that has decided to climb up the Taxus bac. Fastigiata.

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Sweet Pea ‘Memorial Flight’

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Sweet Pea ‘Memorial Flight’.

Sedum do not seem to do very well in Our Garden@19 so this one is very welcome.

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Sedum Herbstfreud.

The Crab Apple ‘Golden Hornet’ is in its second period of glory*, blossom being the first. it is growing alongside the raised bed containing ‘THE’ Dahlia for me ‘David Howard’.

The arch is covered with the ornamental vine ‘Spetchley Red’ through which…

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Vitis ‘Spetchley red’.

…you can stroll to the banana bench and sit, to take in all the autumn colours in Our Garden@19.

IMG_2661I am joining in with Chloris * and other bloggers posting our Top Ten for October. Please visit them using the link to see their selection.

 

Signs of Autumn.

Walking around Our Garden@19 the other evening there were some notable signs of autumn, not least in the temperture.

Some of the plants are starting to develop their seasonal colours. Please join me on a short walk through the garden.

The first to catch your eye is the flowering cherry tree between the patio and the oriental  garden…

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Cherry Tree

…wherein you will find the first Acer to change into its autumn coat..

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Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’

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Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’

Walking up the garden via the shrubbery path you pass a large arching Cotoneaster lacteus, this can look wonderful either trained flat against a fence or wall or, as here, left to grow freely at the back of a border…

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Cotoneaster lacteus

…from there you arrive at the banana bench overlooked by the Green Man who is surround by The Boston Ivy.

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Parthenocissus tripcuspidata

After a rest on the bench in the autumn sunshine if you follow the never ending woodland walk you pass the Rose glauca, with its slaty blue leaves and bright red hips.

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Rose glauca. syn. Rose rubrifolia

Further along, providing colour all year round is the Prunus serrula…

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…with its beautiful tactile bark.

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Prunus serrula

While Autumn can be a little depressing due to its heralding oncoming winter, the plants brighten up our days with their fiery colourful, leaves, berries and bark.

What is brightening up your autumn garden?

Wordless Wednesday 19/7/2017. The lighter side.

Dahlia ‘Blanc y Verde’.

Petunia.

Acer negundo Flamingo

Rose ‘William and Catherine’.

Shasta daisy. Chrysanthemum x superbum.

Lychnis Coronaria alba.

Viola cornuta alba.

Astrantia major.

Lysimachia clethroides (Swan neck).

Dianthus barbatus alba (Sweet William).

Dahlia ‘Twynings After Eight’.

Daucus carota

Pelargonium Scented leaved ‘Fringed Apple’.

Pelargonium Regal ‘Richie’

Myrtus Communis and a Bumble Bee.