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Autumn Clear-Out Part 4

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Today’s was a quick job, relatively speaking. I just had a couple of hours to get my tasks completed. I couldn’t get started until Rachel was safely on the train to the Airport on her way home to Dorset. This weekend we had wedding hair trials, make up trials and a meeting with her florist. Its been a busy few days. So by the time I got started it was 3pm and I was racing against the sunset.

First, I moved my Viburnum trilobum ‘Wentworth’, just a metre or so because it was being crowded by a big fern and a phlox. Its a new shrub, so hopefully I shall have lovely white flowers next year, similar to hydrangea macrophylla flowers, and maybe even some lovely red berries to follow.

Next, I removed some herbaceous plants from the raised border. This is a move towards a lower maintenance garden. I’m also rethinking my garden planting scheme and working towards more ‘winter’ interest. Winter in Scotland is long, and summer is always a huge disappointment. So it makes sense to have more plants that will cheer through the worst of the weather. But not only that, I just don’t have much love for plants that take months to grow before flowering briefly in the spring or autumn, and then needing to be dug up, split and replanted every three years. So…out came 2 large Geranium ‘Mrs Kendal Clark’ (flops all over the place and flowers once, briefly), and the last remaining Aster frickartii ‘Monch’ (scrawny bare legs and needs support). They were replaced with two lovely Leucothoe ‘Rainbow’.

I also added 3 Calluna vulgaris around the new Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’.

Clematis heracleifolia ‘Cassandra’ had grown huge, and did not flower well this year. Its very pretty, but if the weather is wet, it just gets ruined. It only flowers in Late September for about 3 weeks, and it makes a huge plant. Far too big for here. It needed splitting, but instead I decided to replace it with a lovely hardy Hebe which Shirley sent me when we first moved here six years ago.

Hebe is evergreen and flowers for weeks and weeks. It can be trimmed back in spring and will soon regrow and flower.

After that, I trimmed some heather, removed a big tree stump which was infested with Fungus, and took out a clump of fleabane. All that was left to do was to tidy up all of the mess and water everything in. Even though the ground is very wet, and there will be rain tomorrow, I still like to be certain that the roots are in contact with soil after planting.

There are still some jobs to do, so hopefully the weather will allow me to get on later this week.

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gosh you did a lot in the time you had. I love the herbaceous clematis. I have Alan Bloom who also gets a little unruly. it is a pretty hebe .

15 Oct, 2019

 

Hi Karen, I agree with Sbg, you did an awful lot of work in a short time, the jobs you've done would probably have taken me most of the day, {getting old}, well done, Derek.

16 Oct, 2019

 

Thank you both! I am like a whirling dervlish with a spade!

16 Oct, 2019

 

Well done you! Makes me feel tired just reading through what you have done.

17 Oct, 2019

 

I agree both with Derek & Honeysuckle, lots of work in such a short time is enough to make anyone tired - even reading about it!

Nevertheless, the garden will look a lot better from next year!

17 Oct, 2019

 

I hope so Balcony! Thanks :)

17 Oct, 2019

 

It is great what can be done in a couple of hours. I think it is all about experience and getting on with the task without messing about.

20 Oct, 2019

 

Yeah...there's no messing about once I set my mind to a task. I get very stressy when people want to chat if I'm working. I had a bit of a problem with that at Glamis! I can be a right antisocial pain in the backside!

20 Oct, 2019

 

I'm on catch-up on blogs and pictures Karen, as ever, how exciting to be doing wedding preparations, only a couple of months to go now! Was it really that long ago I sent you the Hebe? I see that mine is in flower now, not one bloom all Summer and now that it's looking good the rain is pouring down, typical!

24 Oct, 2019

 

Yes Shirley! Mine flowered months ago...but its usually flowering about now. No flowers though at the moment. In spring it will be cut back as its currently as big as I want it to be.

24 Oct, 2019

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