This Month September 2017 - Monday, 04 Sep 2017
The leaves are changing colour early this year, at least they have on some species yet others are still green and without much hint of their autumn hues. I like leaves and often buy plants due to their leaf shape and colour rather than the flowers which is why I don’t go a bundle on Prunus as the flowers are over quickly and the leaves on most varieties do not particularly shine with astounding beauty whereas the leaves of Kalopanax and plants of similar ilk just shout out “look at me”. I also buy plants for their general shape as when the leaves have dropped there is only the structure to look at for a few months. Acers really do it for me as not only are their leaves amazing shapes and colours the habit of the plant is also pleasing to the eye and the flowers are quite dainty and unassuming yet attractive.
Other plants are still blooming lovely such as the Hibiscus, we now have about ten in the Hibiscus bed with no more space to squeeze in any more. The Clematis rehderiana with its pendulous bells of pale yellow, the Itea with long racemes of small creamy flowers and the lovely yellow-flowered Kirengeshoma which is planted in a shady shrubbery are all at their peak. The berried plants are looking great, most noticeable are the many Sorbus, just a few other species include Calicarpa, Viburnum and Aronia.
At present I am working on some of the herbaceous areas however I think I should have made a job list a few weeks ago as I had thought of several things for the “to do” list but didn’t commit them to paper. We also hope to finish cutting the meadow grass areas and tidy around the specimen plants in those areas as well as clearing some veg beds and covering with compost.
We are still eating the delicious melons and gorging ourselves on the plethora of vegetables ready now, we may grow less next year or perhaps a good idea would be to find someone who would like to work the kitchen garden and then we share the crops. I am trying to work out other ways of reducing the work load without compromising the standard of maintenance. A team of volunteers may help although it is not so easy finding people to volunteer even though it would give the opportunity to learn about many aspects of gardening and of rarely seen plants. Unfortunately already being a not-for-profit garden it is not feasible to have much paid help.
Don’t forget to save seeds for the Bromyard Seed Swap in January.
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