Saturday 15 September 2012

The show goes on

While out and about, over the last few days, I have noticed that the trees are starting to turn and who came blame them after the miserable Summer, that we have had, here in the UK. However, the garden continues to perform despite the cool, wet weather. Many of the perennial flowering plants have flowered as well as they would have done in a good Summer, bringing some much needed cheer and colour to our garden. I wish that the same could be said for our vegetable garden which, by comparison with last year, is a mere shadow of what it was.

Here is what will probably be the last look at our garden for this year. These photographs have been taken over the last few weeks, but the first was taken some time ago. I had gone up to our bedroom to pack for a holiday and when I saw the neighbour's cat admiring our garden, I just had to get my camera out and capture the scene.

 There is not so much to see in the front garden. So I think that we'll start there. On the sunny side of the garden we have a phlox

and the white daisy that no cottage garden should be without.

On the shady side up against the front wall of the cottage there are Japanese anemone

and by the front door a hydrangea.

Now round in the back garden let's start with a dahlia, which this year has been in the  raised bed to the left of where the cat was sitting.

While to the right of the brick wall a buddleia or butterfly bush grows.

Then we'll turn back towards the cottage to see the black hollyhock that enjoys a sunny position against the rear wall.

From there we shall take a walk around the back garden starting with this fuscia.

Next is this perennial sweet pea which is situated at the back of the shrubbery bed.

After that comes a trellis with this clematis growing up it.

Turning the corner we come across an orange day lily or hemerocallis.

Moving down the garden it looks as if we are going to have a good crop of cooking apples this year.

And finally in the back garden we have a gladioli in the white bed.

I have had to give up on the idea of getting on top of the garden this year. The weather has been against me. So I am giving myself another year to achieve that objective. Now it is time to start thinking about dividing perennials and moving them and shrubs while the soil is still warm. Then it will be a matter of getting the garden ready for Winter.

Tomorrow we are going away. Bad timing I know.  Downton Abbey starts tomorrow night. Just like the garden, the show will go on without me. The recorder is set and it will be something to look forward to when we come back, in two weeks time. There I go wishing my life away! Back in October when I hope to have more time for my blog.


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Certainly you have much in the garden which is looking very pretty, even at summer's end, although we do appreciate how very difficult the season must have been with so much rain.

We do hope that you are going somewhere nice and will look forward to your return.

Jennytc said...

I think you and your garden have done very well, is spite of the miserable summer.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Your flowers are flourishing beautifully , despite the lack of sun this summer.
I love the picture of the cat in your garden, it could be a postcard !
Enjoy your trip :)

the fly in the web said...

Your garden has done wonderfully well despite the miserable weather.
I do envy you your Japanese anenomes...I failed with them so many times.
Enjoy your break.

Rob-bear said...

The pictures are wonderful, leading me to think you have had a fabulous garden. Even the cat approves of it.

I hope you have a delightful holiday, during which you forget entirely about the garden. It will be there when you get back.

GaynorB said...

Lovely garden.

Enjoy your break.

Jennyff said...

Looks to me as if you are on top of your garden, very impressive. Definitely feeling the change of season here, butterflies on the buddlia and the sedum flowering always mark the end of summer to me.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Lovely flowers in your garden CW and in spite of the weather as you say. Have a great holiday. I watched Downton Abbey earlier this evening but will also be recording some episodes whehn we are away.

Akelamalu said...

Having been away for 16 days our garden is a M.E.S.S.! Love the photo of the cat admiring your lovely garden. :)

Have a good holiday.

LindyLouMac said...

Thanks for sharing some lovely photos of your garden, enjoy your holiday.

Diane said...

Beautiful flowers in your garden. The weather is certainly cooling down and I can see many differences in our garden as well. Keep well Diane

Maggie May said...

While I love all the beautiful photos of the flowers..... I love the first one with the cat sitting by the side of the pathway. Looks so inviting.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Gill - That British Woman said...

what beautiful photos, you have such a pretty garden.

Gill in Canada