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Planting out bulbs and pottering - autumn arriving.

kate123

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I’ve planted my crocus bulbs out, albeit a tad later than advised…but, as Julia mentioned, it’s worth a try and see how it goes!
Some autumn berries in the garden and on the bund colouring up nicely.
My holly – I posted as Julia was interested to know how it looked as I recently mentioned it is ‘always’ quite sparse.
One of the acers is starting to put on its autumn jacket, while the others are still in there green form. Some of my ornamental grasses are looking a lovely coppery hue, a couple of ferns and sedge are too.
I’ve a couple of persistent lavender, well, two of them, with one sole purple flower on each..
I’ve chopped one of the Choisya plants and ‘canopied’ it – if that’s a verb – and underplanted a struggling potted skimmia.
My recently purchased hebe has been delivering, as I was thinking it looked a bit ropey post planting..
I do love autumn..the colours the season brings, the mildish weather during the day – the crispness first thing in the morning. Plus, cosy fires, warm drinks, blankets in the evenings..🧦🔥🍁

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Lovely photos, as usual, Kate. You seem to be really enjoying your autumn garden and I can see why! We've spent a couple of hours weeding, trimming and clearing so it's beginning to look much tidier than it was. May I join you in front of your fire? I would really love a real flame. Gas fires just don't do it!! (Who knows, that may be the only heat a lot of people get this winter...) Loving your choisya pic, by the way.

10 Oct, 2021

 

A real Autumn blog,Kate...your Holly looks terrific,Kate...some berries too....
No fires here but we do like our throws...just stocked up on some wintery,colourful socks.

10 Oct, 2021

 

Lovely photos as ever Kate … a real touch of autumn 🙂.
We had a blazing log fire in our previous home and I do miss it … it got me through the winter!

10 Oct, 2021

 

Aw thanks Ange! I appreciate your lovely compliment!
You must be shattered after all the arduous work you’ve both undertaken! It feels good, however, all the clearing up and sense of achievement once you’ve finished I’ll bet!
Thanks for liking the Choisya chop too!
When I was in Scotland, OH said he’d had the log burner on a couple of times…he and the cat kicked back and relaxed….😻

10 Oct, 2021

 

Thank you, Julia! I’m happy you like the blog! I’m so pleased you think the holly looks ok! It does have quite a few shiny red berries emerging, which is great!
I do love an autumnal throw! We have a large reclaimed wood chest in the living room ( made from the wood of old boats ) and it houses several colourful throws for autumn and winter…can’t beat soft, colourful cosy socks either!

10 Oct, 2021

 

Many thanks, Sheila! Love your comment, I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the blog!
Your fire sounds wonderful, I can understand you missing it. I find the flames on an evening quite relaxing…😊

10 Oct, 2021

 

Thanks Kate. Well, we will have a blazing fire to sit by in December … we’ve booked a cottage near the Norfolk coast in the week before Christmas. A treat to look forward to!

10 Oct, 2021

 

Such lovely autumn colours! I love planting bulbs, got mine ready to plant but my pots still have summer bedding hanging on….

10 Oct, 2021

 

I think your crocus bulbs will be fine Kate. Superb Autumn colours dotted about your garden.

I love the smell of wood smoke at this time of year and enjoy the cosy reassurance that a fire gives. The evenings are getting darker now and there are lots of spiders' webs in the garden.

10 Oct, 2021

 

You have taken some lovely autumn photos (love the last one), it's a colourful season.
Your canopied Choisya looks nice. I like to do that too, it makes the shrub look more elegant, while also creating room for more plants :)

11 Oct, 2021

 

lovely blog Kate.

What you have done to your choisya I call 'lifting its skirts', either way it is a lovely effect.

I agree about the crisp mornings warmish days and cool evenings, though not cold enough for fires yet. Our beech tree has started to take on its autumn colours too.

I haven't bought any new bulbs this year but I may succumb to temptation.

11 Oct, 2021

 

Lovely blog and photo's Kate, lots of berries around this year, I even have some on my holly, never planted it myself it was a gift from the birds, I'm loving the autumn colours, long may they last...

11 Oct, 2021

 

It looks so colourful in your garden Kate! I have the same grass as you ( the first one) but I am still undecided about digging the big one up as it does look good , but has also taken over and there are seedlings everywhere which seems to wrap around my feet and almost trip me up!

11 Oct, 2021

 

Sheila, that sounds so perfect! Cosy fires and hot drinks in the evening and crisp wintry coastal/country walks during the day! I bet you can’t wait! 😊

11 Oct, 2021

 

That’s great to hear you’ve that summer colour lingering on, Amsterdam! I see from your recent pics your garden is still looking so colourful and cheerful too! You’ll be looking forward to planting your bulbs!

11 Oct, 2021

 

Thank you, Chris, that’s very reassuring - I’m happy to have your positive thoughts. I’m looking forward to seeing the crocus pop up!
You think as I do, that lovely autumnal smoke smell, burning wood with a scent such as ash or birch..
I had a friend when I was in nurse training who always said she could smell Christmas coming from mid October!

11 Oct, 2021

 

Thanks for your lovely message, Hywel! It certainly is a colourful time of year as you say! Thanks for liking the mossy chiminea too - I’m a moss lover! Some people don’t like moss or lichen, but, I’m pretty keen.
I’m pleased you like the canopied Choisya! I think you have described it well, the style being elegant! Liking your perception. I have to agree..it lends itself to more planting! I’m catching on! ☺️

11 Oct, 2021

 

Thank you, Eileen, I’m pleased you liked my blog! I’ve heard of the ‘lifting the skirts’ description too, now that you mention it. Thanks for liking the chopped Choisya!
I’ll bet your beech tree is looking just beautiful putting on its autumnal colour! It’s a lovely big tree.
I’m sure you’ll be tempted to pick up some more bulbs! You’ve a smashing collection already, your garden was lovely in the spring!

11 Oct, 2021

 

Sue, thanks kindly for liking my autumn blog! Well, that was a lovely free gift from the birds, wasn’t it! Good to hear you’ve lots of lovely berries too! Blackies will be pretty pleased! It’s nice to hear you’re enjoying the colours autumn brings too! 😊

11 Oct, 2021

 

Hi Rose! Thanks for liking the blog. I know what you mean about the grass seeding! Well, I’ve seen lots of seed heads on this one recently and I did think…oh crikey, there’ll be little shoots popping up all over! I can imagine them tangling all around your feet! They have very long shoots, if that’s what you’d call them!☺️

11 Oct, 2021

 

Lovely clear photos, Kate. Lots of colour still & I too like the mossy chiminea.

12 Oct, 2021

 

Lovely photos Kate. I really like the golden fern leaf and what a grand collection of berries you have - very autumnal! I remember you planting the sea buckthorn - good to see it strutting it stuff! Do the birds like it? There is a lot on the cliffs round here but we haven't been up there for such a long time I don't know if it has berried as well as yours.

12 Oct, 2021

 

Thanks for reminding me to plant my spring bulbs Kate. I've been picking up boxes of them from here and there when I'm out running errands. Now it's time to actually plant them, lol. Hope it's not too late. You're garden is looking great with so much color and those grasses really hold up for a long time.

13 Oct, 2021

 

Your garden still looks so green and lush..... with an autumnal hint. Always liked your delightful photos Kate and this blog is no different.

13 Oct, 2021

 

Thanks Josee, that’s very kind of you. :-)

14 Oct, 2021

 

Thank you, Sue! Yes, luckily the birds are taking advantage of all the berries here including the buckthorn batch!
It’d be interesting to know if your cliff top buckthorn has been bursting with berries too!

14 Oct, 2021

 

Thanks, Paul! Pleased to be of service! 😁 I think I’ll try to pick up some more too. I’m thinking some unusual ones for a change for me…not sure what or if I’ll find what I’m looking for! Happy planting!

14 Oct, 2021

 

Klahanie, thanks so much! That’s such a kind message, which I’m very appreciative of! I’m happy you enjoy the blogs! ☺️

14 Oct, 2021

 

What a lovely colourful Autumn you are having,Kate,and it looks like it's going to be a joy,for a long time too..I would never have thought of having a canopied Choisya ,but it looks brilliant.. Sadly,mine isn't in a position which would be suitable,but it did have a 'Chelsea Chop' once !.It is huge now,width wise Lol.
I haven't bought any new bulbs this year,as I have enough in pots, so I will buy Winter pansies/Viola's for the others,once the other bedding plants have finished. I love your Moss covered chiminea too .x

15 Oct, 2021

 

Lovely photos and an abundance of berries the birds must love your garden.

16 Oct, 2021

 

Thanks for your really lovely feedback, Sandra! I have to admit, the autumn colours and luscious berries just keep coming!!!
I hadn't planned to canopy one of the choisya plants, but, I thought I'd give it a go..plus, I can make a little more space for further plants!!!
I think if you've plenty of lovely bulbs in pots, you won't need anymore. Plus, winter pansies and violas are such a pretty addition! I'm so pleased you like the mossy chiminea too! x

16 Oct, 2021

 

Thanks kindly, Kidsgran, I'm really pleased you're liking the pics/garden. The birds do seem to have starting feasting well! 😊

16 Oct, 2021

 

done the same Kate , bought so many bulbs. Your garden always looks so lush. Mine always looks a total sodden mess . Love the moss , I want to grow lots of it on rocks

17 Oct, 2021

 

Paul, I think I'll pick up a few more. I've a big pot under my laurel tree and it has a pieris in, but, it has space due to me taking out a skimmia.
Thanks for your very lovely comment, plus, your garden always looks very interesting and full of lovely green shrubs and trees!!!
I'm a lover of moss too!!! I've lots on my little bund steps at the moment!

18 Oct, 2021

 

OH thanks Kate. You are very sweet. The native plant always do well on their own. I learn as I go and the few successes make up for the many flops I've had. I finally got my spring bulbs in the ground yey!!

18 Oct, 2021

 

Superb photos Kate, lovely autumnal plants showing in your garden..:) You've beaten me into planting your bulbs, mine will be done this weekend... like Amsterdam, I still have summery pots..

22 Oct, 2021

 

Good to hear your bulbs are planted now, Paul! Just the wait now for all that lovely spring colour!

23 Oct, 2021

 

Thanks for your lovely message, Janey! To be honest, I’m thinking of planting some more…maybe! Happy bulb planting this weekend - at least it’s dry and sunny for you.

23 Oct, 2021

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