For the past few weeks the garden has had very little attention. Open Garden Season is over until the autumn, which means I can relax a bit and let nature do its worst for the moment. The endless rain has made going out into it an unpleasant chore; walking the dog every day and getting soaked in the process was bad enough without volunteering to get dripped on by shrubs and trees.
But the humidity and warmth also caused an explosion in growth and gardener and I had to grit our teeth and start cutting back floppy herbaceous plants, pruning shrubs that had finished flowering and trim edges and hedges. Pot plants needed feeding, roses needed deadheading and feeding to provide a second flush for the autumn, large clumps needed re-staking and the overflowing compost heaps needed turning.
geraniums in a pot
gardener standing in one compost bin and forking the
contents into another.
the big border is looking tidy again,
acanthus, campanula and helenium are all standing up again, supervised by
the very prolific flowers of clematis Polish Spirit
no work required, just looking beautiful.
I have seen the first dark red leaves in the ornamental cherry tree; I don't know the species name; it was here when we came and is a large, mature tree, whose leaves turn a deep burgundy red in autumn. Leaves turning at the beginning of August is surely extraordinary; can anyone confirm or even beat the record?