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AN OPEN GARDENS PREVIEW

It's going to be a quick one this week.  I've been busy primping and preening ready for the village open gardens on Sunday and I've not left myself much time to write this post.  After weeks of trying to squeeze extra things into my allotted six, I'm now going to have to be brief.  Ironic, no? Numbers one to four are the Long Border.  I've written about it before, and how I based it on Gertrude Jekyll's design for her garden at Munstead Wood.  She trained as an artist before she turned to gardening and was au fait with the latest colour theories.  She designed these borders to start with white and blue.......... Snapdragon, Delphiniums, Rue and Aruncus moving from pale to deeper yellow... Coreopsis, Achillea and Monarda Then it's on to the reds and oranges... Lychnis, Nasturtiums, Lilies before returning to yellow and then blue. Agapanthus, Clematis, Anthemis My number five spot goes to these tomatoes.  I may have found the answer to our Six on Saturday comp

FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH

I always arrange my post in the Six on Saturday format, numbering and labelling each of my little paragraphs, but this week I am going freestyle.  I hope you can overlook this mini rebellion.  As Autumn draws in, and Winter appears on the horizon, garden pickings will become much slimmer, so I'm celebrating the bounty while I get the chance.

The first set of photos are of the Rose Garden.  How much the light has changed now the sun hangs lower in the sky.  This was taken early afternoon, yet the shadows are so long.


It's much more overcast in this photo, comme d'habitude.




My absolute favourite rose 'Jude the Obscure' is putting forth a few flowers, accompanied by its gorgeous fruity scent.  Please note the healthy looking leaves (a rare sight this year).



The asters are just coming into bloom too.  My favourites are these airy and delicate varieties with dark leaves.  This one is Amethyst Kylie.









Rosa 'Burgundy Ice' earns its place due to its colour, although the bush itself is rather spindly.  It's nothing like as robust as its sibling 'Iceberg'.  I thought maybe it was just mine, but the ones on a rose grower's stand at Hampton Court were just the same.



The Long Border is still flowering happily and these colours seem to suit the Autumn light, even on a dull day.



Aster 'Blue Heaven' is flowering now, adding a touch of cooler colours among the paler yellows.


Dahlia 'David Howard' just flowers on and on, with dark red 'Karma Naomi' behind.


Get a little sunshine though, and the whole border comes to life.


 

I'm sure we all wonder from time to time whether all that seed sowing and overwintering of tender plants, all that dead heading, weeding and watering are worth it.  But on a sunny day like that one, I begin to think perhaps it is.

Happy gardening to you, and many thanks to the Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.


 



Comments

  1. You rebel, you! Having said that, I enjoyed the more narrative approach. The Rose garden looks fantastic, and those healthy leaves are almost as lovely looking as the flowers themselves! What sort of soil do you have? The only garden I work in that has Roses looking that good has extremely heavy soil - a nightmare to work, but it produces good results!

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    1. Heavy clay soil in the Rose Garden (I'm sure I could make bricks with it) and I don't dig it unless I really have to. I layer the compost on top. Someone in the past got busy with a digger and dumped the clay sub soil on the surface.

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  2. Your gardens looks beautiful. Lots of September colour. Burgundy Ice is a stunning shade. Is it fragrant?

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    1. Not very fragrant. You wouldn't go out of your way to sniff it. Having said that I'm going to check it again tomorrow in case I've been missing out.

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    2. I checked it out and it does have a rose fragrance, but not very strong.

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  3. Change of style and it's very nice and successful! (Would there not be more than 6 photos 😂?)Rebellion is good sometimes

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  4. Delighted to view your lovely garden.

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  5. Something went a bit wonky and don’t think my comment uploaded but in any case, the long border is still looking lovely with those warm tones, and the roses and asters too. It’s definitely worth the effort!

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    1. Thanks. The disappearing comment thing can be very annoying.

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  6. That first photograph is absolutely beautiful, the nicest photograph I have seen of your garden; great atmosphere; great lines and interest. Beautiful!

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  7. Love that dark red rose and dahlia. The garden is looking lovely just shading into autumn.

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