This end of summer season- early autumn is always a little difficult to negotiate in the garden. The beds look slightly dishevelled, the colours are beginning to turn, and this year’s drought has done no favours to the roses …. and yet, there is still a lot of exuberance going on.
Right now, I am enjoying some six foot tall salvias in shades of mauve and blue; clouds of Japanese anemones and of course the all important dahlias.
Autumn bouquets are not for the faint hearted. They are robust and outspoken, then require space and the right backdrop. I put this one together at the end of the day yesterday, and even included some low hanging branches of apples from the potager.
Next year I definitely plan to have a lot of zinnias for extra colour, and to be more disciplined in staking the dahlias and the sedum. At the end of the day, a garden is never ‘done. It is always an ongoing striving for improvement, and a work in progress.
We have completely banned any chemical treatments from the garden, and although the bindweed can drive me mad, I am glad to see so much biodiversity, or to come across the occasional hedgehog, toad or lizards. All good signs that if you leave nature to do its thing, it will pay you back.
How about you? How is your garden growing at this time of year, and what are your plans for doing better next year?