Plotting this week

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I didn’t do any plotting at the weekend but have made up for it since then.

 

On Monday this robin kept me company for much of the morning mostly hiding in the blackberry or rose bush and occasionally coming out in the open as seen here.

 

 

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I’ve been watching honey bees on the asters Michaelmas daisies which are flowering profusely.  Unfortunately  the white Twinkling Stars one died earlier in the year as roots rotted in the soggy ground, however I hope to replace it next spring.

 

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It’s been noticeably cooler this week but thankfully there haven’t been any overnight frosts so I’ve continued to enjoy the nasturtiums.

And there are still plenty of my Flighty’s favourites pot marigolds including this pale pink one.

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Have a good weekend!

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Tree Following, October 2016

Liz’s serviceberry

The lack of rain and high temperatures here in Lexington, Kentucky continued through September and the serviceberry, seen here on the left of the first picture, seems to have suffered more than the surrounding trees.  Many of the leaves have dropped without changing colour.

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The branches in the sunlight now give a pleasing tracery effect on the asphalt driveway.

 

Thanks to Mike for letting me guest post, and to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree Following.

 

 

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Young oak tree

Following on the from last month this tree soon lost it’s acorns, mostly I suspect to the squirrels.  It’s certainly grown taller during the year.

The leaves are still mostly green although  a few are starting to go yellow then brown as shown in this picture.

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Do have a look at this comprehensive post over on Pat’s, The Squirrelbasket, blog to see what Tree Following is all about.

 

 

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It’s The Year of the Cosmos

Last Sunday when I was at the horticultural society trading shed fellow member and friend Marge took me to her plot to show me the cosmos that she’d grown from seeds that I’d given her early in the year.  I was amazed to see a six foot high jungle of foliage covered in white and pink flowers.   Among them them I noticed these two rather pretty white with a hint of pink ones.  Needless to say I collected some seeds to grow next year.

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It’s The Year of the Cosmos and RHS Wisley have been trialling more than eighty varieties which you can read about here.

Chiltern Seeds currently have a seed sale on so last week I ordered and received a few packets of flower seeds, including some cosmos, which are on my list to grow next year. I’ll be placing another order early in the New Year once I’ve received and looked through the forthcoming 2017 catalogue.

Have a good week!

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It’s been good weather

stanleyFurther to the last Sunday’s post Stanley was pleased to see me as he likes a biscuit or three.

I’m rejoining the rota of Sunday morning helpers at the horticultural society trading shed next year so doubtless I’ll be seeing him more often.

It’s been good weather this week so I’ve been making the most of it, and now don’t really have that much more to do before I start winding down for the winter.  Needless to say that weather permitting I will continue plottering.

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Looking round the site earlier in the week I spotted this Speckled Wood butterfly.

 

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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It’s a sunny Sunday morning…

a-plate-full-of-beansAll the climbing beans have now been picked and shelled.  The big ones are runner beans St.George, the black ones French climbing beans Cobra and the others Barlotto Lingua di Fuoco.

On Friday I pulled the plants up and added them to the compost heap,  put the canes away then dug the area over.

 

 

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That just leaves the Oca. The foliage is looking okay, although there’s been no sign of any flowers.

Reading this webpage I see that I need to wait until after it’s been frosted, hopefully sometime during November, before lifting the tubers.

 

 

 

It’s good to see see blue asters Michaelmas daisies now flowering, and buzzing with bees.

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It’s a sunny Sunday morning so I’ll be off to look round the plot before going across to the horticultural society trading shed for a chat, along with a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits which I’ll be sharing with any of my four-legged friends if they’re there.

Have a good week!

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It’s the end of September…

and I’ve now planted all the new spring bulbs that I bought recently.

The white crocus Snow Bunting are by the dog rose in an area that has previously always been left bare.  The white nacissi Thalia are where the hawthorn tree was and the dwarf yellow Tete-a-tetes  all around the dogwood.

I was going to dig up all the old bulbs but only lifted some leaving the crocus that are by the rose Pretty Lady and a group of large flowering daffodils near the rhubarb.

I’ve still to decide what, if any, bulbs to plant in the long container in which I usually put some crocus.  I’m thinking that I may try dwarf tulips for a change.

red-nasturtiumAs well as the cosmos and pot marigolds that I mentioned and showed last Sunday there are still some orange, red and yellow nasturtiums around the plot providing welcome brightness, especially on dull days like today.  I like the deep red ones, which with their yellow throats seem to glow.

 

Have a good weekend!

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Autumn colour on the plot…

is being provided by some of the annual flowers, notably the cosmos and pot marigolds.

two-cosmos-purityThe cosmos – white Purity, red Velouette and pink ones (variety unknown) – have done really well this year.

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zingy-orange-and-almost-whte-pot-marigoldsThe second flush of pot marigolds have been smaller but still include the full range of colour combinations and variations ranging from zingy orange to creamy white.

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This coming week, which looks like being breezy but mostly dry, I’ll be planting the rest of the bulbs having now finally decided where they’re going and I may even cut the grass paths one last time for this year.

Have a good week!

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