Oh, The Irony..

 
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Mike is a cautious sort.

 

In his workshop (shed) he has a first aid kit. It came from a car we had a while back which, mysteriously, came supplied with two. Most of the time the box sits quietly on a shelf above the door.

But as I was out watering in the greenhouse yesterday afternoon there came an enormous crash. Then a dull thud. And then a yowl. It turns out that a gust of wind had caught the shed door and slammed it shut. The consequent shaking of the structure was enough to dislodge the first aid kit.. which then fell and hit Mike squarely on the head.

 

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In other news…

 

The weather has been shite.

Everywhere we look now there are leaves. Albeit some quite pretty ones, or would be if they were poised elegantly on the trees rather than forming a soggy mess on the ground. The difference over the last 24 hours has been quite incredible.

 
 

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We have almost lost the steps up to the garage..

 

And this is only a fraction of what is yet to come.

Apparently there’s another remnant hurricane on the way. It may be worth waiting a day or two to start clearing, but there’s no harm in getting the leaf blower out to see if the mice have managed to sabotage it. Again.

 

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Over the last few weeks Mike has made significant inroads into ‘The Heap’:

 

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Same view from August:

 

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He has found rocks and, most recently, a load of broken up tarmac hidden beneath the soil. When we get to the end there’ll be a ceremonial slashing back of the ‘hedge’ to about a third of the current height. It should be possible to look down over the river from there.

 

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And finally..

I thought I needed a treat.

 

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The pot ghetto has expanded again. Just when I’d almost cleared it.

 

But RHS Rosemoor were holding a plant sale. 50% off. And there was a members’ preview evening. What’s a gardening girl to do?

 

From left to right: Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ (yes, another one), Hydrangea arborescens ‘Invincible Spirit’, Echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinstern’, Viburnum carlesii ‘Diana’, Salvia x jamensis ‘Pluenn’ and David Austin Rose ‘The Lark Ascending’.

 

Thing is, will I be able to get them all planted before this sunken area completely fills up with leaves?

 
 
 

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82 Comments

  1. Charlie@Seattle Trekker October 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    I think that on some level we all dislike the change from one season to the next, but really love the beauty of each. I think for myself it takes me several months to get enough done that I feel like it is not all-out chaos in the garden. I am trying to tech myself to breath-in-and-out and enjoy each moment in the garden. I am learning to pick the taller, more aggressive weeds, and I am becoming friends with the rest. I sit more in the porch swing and watch the leaves turn and then fall with the thought that some are necessary to feed the spring blooms that will be coming. Your garden is such a wonderful space, let it be your friend. Sit down in the middle of it and give it the time to let it tell you about it’s day…It will sing to you if you are patient.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      Charlie, you are right. I know it. I was standing looking at it today, weeds and all, thinking I am getting there. Maybe. The vision is starting to appear now. Patience is not something I’m good at. But if I could just get it more or less under control then I’d enjoy it much more.

  2. Countrysidetales October 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Poor Mike :o)

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      He’ll be fine 😉

  3. Jacqueline October 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    That was indeed a very ironic moment Jessica !! I’m afraid, at Mike’s expense, I did have a little giggle !!
    I know that it’s a lot of work but, I think your steps look lovely but they are no doubt a danger and a reason for having a first aid kit !!!!!
    …. and, after the last few weeks, you definitely deserve a treat …. a great many treats, I think !! XXXXX

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      The beech nuts are the worst thing about the steps when they get like that. It’s like having ball bearings hiding under the leaves. The steps do look lovely. But it’ll soon be winter, rain sleet and snow, and it’s cold. There are 84 of them to climb up to get the shopping delivery and 84 steps to carry it all back down.

  4. elaine October 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    So in fact the heap is actually a ‘rock’ garden – minus plants. It will be great to see the river once the slashing has taken place – it will make such a difference. If you don’t want a surplus of leaves then I reckon you moved to the wrong place don’t you! Oh dear – hope Mike’s bonce is ok – as you say, so ironic.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      It would be a very contemporary rock garden, with bits of tarmac sticking out.. we thought the contractors had dumped all of that in the old cess pit. Clearly not.

  5. wherefivevalleysmeet October 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Hope Mike is OK – love the sound of Geum Totally Tangerine – I am in an orange frame of mind at the moment – after all it is autumn.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      That geum is a beauty Rosemary. Taller than most and my original flowered virtually all summer long. Undecided whether to put this one next to it to make one big clump or start to spread them around.

  6. Christina October 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Poor Mike! when I started reading that it was positioned over the door I had a premonition; perhaps there is a better place for it? Yes, treats, that’s just what you need. I also agree with Charlie above – take time to enjoy your beautiful garden as well as working in it. That’s what it’s for you know!

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Yes, I know. There will be time next year. Except that’s what I said last year.

  7. Alison October 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    My pot ghetto expands and contracts like that too, usually because of the end of season sales. I keep thinking, Yay, I’ve planted almost all of it, and then next thing it’s full of plants again. I have an orange Geum in my front garden, possibly Totally Tangerine, and I love it. Hooray for making headway on The Heap.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      It’s dodgy at this time of year. Maybe I’ll overwinter some of the more tender things, like the Salvia, in the greenhouse. Or is that a cop out?

  8. Jo October 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Ouch, I hope Mike hasn’t got too big a lump on his head. Autumn is definitely here now, the trees are looking quite bare around here and there are leaves everywhere I look. There’s nothing quite like a plant sale to improve the mood though, I love that Totally Tangerine geum, I’d like one of those myself.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Thankfully Mike saw the funny side too. I got absolutely soaked at the plant sale, it was hurling it down. Water was dripping off me at the till! But there was no way I was missing out on a bargain.

  9. Crafty Gardener October 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Falling leaves are beautiful until we have to rake them. Hopefully Mike didn’t need the contents of the first aid kit to repair the damage it did to his head. It is really cool here, the trees in our garden have shed all their leaves and most of them have been raked up and deposited in the yard waste landfill. Time to start on all those inside projects.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      We managed to get away without bandages! Luckily the box is lightweight and with rounded edges. Health and safety?!

  10. AnnetteM October 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Nothing like buying plants, and getting bargains at the same time, to lift the spirits. Good for you. We also have a large amount of leaves to deal with as we have four large trees at the front of the house. The traveller has already had to rake the front garden twice because of the beech nuts which have been so prolific this year. It is covered again now too. We like to get the nuts up before most of the leaves come down as they do make rather gritty compost! At this time of the year we pray the wind blows away from our garden – just being neighbourly and wanting to share our wonderful leaves.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      I’ve never seen as many beech nuts as this year, what is it with them? It’s good of you to share your leaves though Annette.. I’m sure the neighbours really appreciate it!

  11. Sue@GLAllotments October 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    You certainly did deserve a treat, The wind is getting up here so I guess the leaves will soon be parting company from the trees.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Batten down the hatches, I think Tuesday might be bad.

  12. snowbird October 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I had to laugh about that first aid kit falling on Mike’s head! The Iris seeds are really lovely….as opposed to all those leaves, I’ll be raking for months too, it’s such a pain! Ooooohhhh….the heap IS disappearing! Lovely selection of plants, it does cheer a girl up for sure!xxx

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      The heap is slowly disappearing. I just hope we get enough dry days to finish it off before winter. Clay is very heavy when it is wet!

  13. 1secondhandrose October 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Hi JessicaI laughed out loud at poor Mikes misfortune – just the kind of thing that would happen to me!
    Thank you for naming the iris – I have one and never knew the name :o)
    I’m glad you treated yourself – all that pleasure to come…
    Very best wishes as always
    Rose H
    xx

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rose. Yes, they will give me something to look forward to next year. If they survive the winter being planted so late. I keep hearing suggestions that it’s going to be a bad one, hope it’s not true. They did say that last year after all!!

  14. Caro October 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    What a great haul from the plant sale! Sometimes it’s futile to resist. I have ‘Totally Tangerine’ after falling for it at one of RHS plant fairs and then managed to get one from Hardy’s sell off at Chelsea. Trouble is, now that you’ve reminded me that I have the plant, I can’t remember where I’ve planted it! I’ve also got ‘Koi’ and ‘Mrs Bradshaw’, bit of a geum fetish developing I think. Wind is forecast down here as well so it will be goodbye fruit tree leaves and hello broom next weekend. Will you make leaf mould from yours? I wish the bump on Mike’s head better; he won’t be storing things above the door again, will he.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Not if he’s sensible he won’t…
      Definitely a geum fetish here, but TT is one of the best. We do need to get leaf mould organised, it’s not as if we don’t have enough leaves. They tend to stay where they fall in the main, we just clear paths and the lawn via mowing. Excess leaves go into the compost or get dumped on the woodland floor.

  15. Anna October 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Ooooooow – poor Mike’s head – I knew what you were going to say before you said it. Hope that he has recovered from the shock and that he has not been left with a bump. There’s been most noticeable colour changes and leaf shedding this week. Glad to read that you’ve indulged in some retail therapy. Don’t know what ‘The Lark Ascending’ looks like but what a brilliant name for a rose.

    • Jessica October 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      It’s a gorgeous rose Anna, apricot in colour with a different form from the usual David Austin. Not so many petals so lighter in appearance with each petal curving into the centre. It looks quite delicate.. I hope it’s also robust.

  16. Mark and Gaz October 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Have to say your garden still looks pretty even with leaf litter on it 🙂 and hopefully Mike’s head is feeling much better!

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:03 am - Reply

      The leaf litter has just reached the limit of the pretty stage and has tipped over into being a pain!

  17. CJ October 19, 2014 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    The Lark Ascending, it sounds exquisite. I do hope Mike is okay. How often these kinds of thing happen, it’s almost as if fate is laughing at us. CJ xx

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Indeed. Mike is laughing about it too now. It’s also funny how our approach to everyday knocks and scrapes has changed. 1. Pick up pieces. 2. Go and get camera. Sometimes the other way round..

  18. rabbitquilter October 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Maybe these First Aid boxes aren’t all they are cracked up to be!!!!! If you are planting your new plants, I hope you don’t have to call in on your neighbours to get them back, I hear the weather forecast is for hurricane strength winds over the next few days. However, look on the bright side it may blow your leaves away!!!!

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Tomorrow is sounding a bit dodgy isn’t it. There were some ominous creaks and cracks coming from branches above where I was working yesterday. I have a feeling there will be a bit of clearing up to do on Wednesday.

  19. Amy at love made my home October 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, poor Mike! I hope that he is feeling better now. Yes, you definitely deserve some plants for yourself and the garden, they will be a good addition. xx

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Thanks Amy. I shall have to have a peep in the shed (cautiously) to see where he’s put the first aid kit now. 🙂

  20. Janet/Plantaliscious October 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Ouch! And after doing such a sterling job on The Heap too… Great collection of plants you added to the pot ghetto, you’ll have to get third ‘Tangerine’ though, to do the whole “plant in threes” thing 😉 And thank you for making me feel better about our leaf litter, which is miniscule in comparison… Maybe this will be the year I finally resurrect our leaf blower…

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:20 am - Reply

      I think I’ll need to get TWO more Tangerine. I reckon this one is destined for the bank, in which case it’ll need bulking up a bit if it is to have sufficient presence..

  21. Marian St.Clair October 19, 2014 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Poor Mike…leaves to clear away, a heap to move, and a bump on his noggin. But think of the joy you both will have chopping back the hedge! I went to a plant sale this weekend too. It was in a car lot, however, not a beautiful garden like RHS Rosemore. Is the viburnum the plant with foliage color? Looks yummy!

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Yes, that is the viburnum. We first saw that variety in the Rosemoor garden. Actually it was smelt it, long before seeing it. I’ve been hankering after it ever since. If it performs as well here the garden will be full of scent in late Spring. Odd though, because none of my other viburnums have red foliage quite like that.

  22. islandthreads October 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    positioning the first aid tin above the door it was set up for a fall, I think though it’s Mike that deserves a treat, Jessica just think of all that lovely leaf mold you will have in a couple of years to improve your clay soil, nice crop of plants, I always have some plants in pots and have stopped thinking I have to get them all planted as I have now found that when I get a bit more ground cleared it’s lovely to go to my own little plant collection and chose some plants for the new area, just have to make sure I keep an eye on them and pot on to a larger pot when necessary, Frances

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

      I think some of these will end up staying in their pots now, unless we get a few more weeks of good weather which seems unlikely. I bought them because they were things I wanted and I’ve also got a bit of clearing to do first. It’s just keeping the pots from freezing over winter that will be a pain.
      Please take care if you are travelling tomorrow.

      • islandthreads October 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

        hello Jessica, no not tomorrow, I need to be in Sussex Friday so I’m hoping I can leave Thursday but if it looks like there will be ferry problems Thursday I will go Wednesday, I hope arrangements are going smoothly for you, Frances x

        • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 9:52 pm - Reply

          I’m glad Frances. Being on a ferry in the storms you get up there would terrify me. That’s a long journey.

          • islandthreads October 21, 2014 at 7:39 am

            they do not run the ferries when the storms are on Jessica, flights also get cancelled, there are no ferries today for Lewis and many other islands, I prefer the disruption when I’m coming home as it is then the last part of the journey, the problem with disruption when I am traveling south is it knocks all the connections out, so I’m hoping the storm will have passed over before Thursday, thanks, Frances

          • Jessica October 21, 2014 at 8:38 pm

            I remember being stuck at Glasgow airport one night and seeing all the flights getting cancelled, including mine back home. That was back in the days when BA had all those cute little planes with the tartan tails. Better that than flying into Inverness in a force 8 gale though, which I also did.

  23. Denise October 20, 2014 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Jessica……loved the fact you used the word “shite”……………………there was me thinking you were posh! Well here’s a fact for you….we get out the bath to go to the loo! (sometimes……for a number 1!)

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

      I thought ‘shite’ WAS the posh version!

  24. Linda from Each Little World October 20, 2014 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Poor Mike! I am sure our laughter did not help. We have pine cones and black walnuts that act like ball bearings in the garden right now. So I walk very carefully.

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply

      The leaves are pretty but oh, such a pain. They’ve also filled up and hidden all the potholes in the drive. Ankle turning almost guaranteed!

  25. Kris P October 20, 2014 at 4:43 am - Reply

    I always feel sanctimonious when I manage to find homes for all the plants I’ve collected without any idea where to put them but, in a blink, replacements seem to appear despite my best intentions. So it was this weekend – and I didn’t even have the excuse of a 50%-off sale to excuse my plant-collecting. I hope you enjoy your new purchases and manage to avoid losing them in the leaf-fall.

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

      There are so few good nurseries in this neck of the woods I have to say when I come across an opportunity I go for it, even better if it’s a bargain. Next year I really must explore online sources a bit more, it’s the only way to get the really special things.

  26. Mise October 20, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

    You are way ahead of me. I too have a Heap, but I merely covered it with nasturtiums and left it for future generations. If you find treasure, I may reconsider.

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Our heap has been there for so long it’s starting to produce oil. Perhaps we should keep it for the day when that becomes treasure?

  27. emilymbrown13 October 20, 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

    One always needs a treat – specially at this time of mounting leaf clearing and gathering gloom. I have a pile of plants (bought, cultivated and collected over the year), bulbs (ordered rashly as usual) and a load of seedlings (can’t even remember what one lot are) all that need to be found homes before the frosts, and still I can’t get past a bargain! Anyway a covering of leaves might insulate any forgotten plants well over the winter, or at least hide them so they don’t reproach you every time you pass!

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Oh don’t mention bulbs! There are loads of them that need planting too. There are just not enough hours in the day are there!

  28. angiesgardendiaries October 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I wasn’t the only one hearing crashing and thudding from the shed then Jessica. I hope Mike got over the shock of accident by first aid kit. One of my cats managed to get into the shed, which usually doesn’t bother me but I was doing a couple of bits and bobs around the house – I had left a box of screws open on the work bench, the cat jumped up and knocked them all to the ground!!!! I had a sea of 1000s of self tapping screws to clear and sort up.
    Mike hasn’t half done a marvellous job on The Heap. Well done Mike!
    You had mentioned on my blog that The Lark Ascending was top of your wish list. You won’t be disappointed with it, I promise! I bought Geum Totally Tangerine a few weeks ago.

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Oh no! Doesn’t it always happen when you’ve got a full box.
      I’ve been looking for The Lark Ascending since seeing it on your blog. Couldn’t believe it when I found it for half price. It’s been pruned back so looking a bit feeble now, but next year.. I will have to think carefully about where to put it though. It’s almost a climber at five foot.

  29. Chel @Sweetbriar Dreams October 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, I do hope he is ok, as you say – the irony! As to the weather, I totally agree with you. We have just been outside to baton down the hatches, but we are thinking positive and hoping that the leaves that were about to lay on the floor will now disappear down the road 🙂 Take care of yourselves xx

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      With any luck they will.. it can be quite amazing how a garden clears itself of leaves after a good blow. You take care too.

  30. sustainablemum October 20, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Oh the irony indeed! This is my favourite time of year leaves and all. Plant ghetto I like that some of mine seem to have taken up residence there…….

    • Jessica October 20, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      It’s when they root themselves in between paving slabs that you need to worry..

  31. CherryPie October 21, 2014 at 12:03 am - Reply

    There must be some sort of moral to the story of the first aid box… Hopefully he is OK?

    • Jessica October 21, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      He is fine thanks, and laughing about it. The moral is, don’t be stupid enough to store something just above a door.

  32. Alain October 21, 2014 at 1:21 am - Reply

    I am sorry you also are having bad weather. Same thing here. We have had rain at least 90% of the days since early August! It is incredible.

    • Jessica October 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      It sounds like some English summers of recent years, although not the last two. Our climate seems to be all over the place. What is in store for winter I wonder.

  33. Helene October 21, 2014 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Falling first-aid kits – what will be the next?!
    I like your selection of new plants, and your name for your pots – pot ghetto, I have a pot ghetto of my own, and most of it has been on the move lately. Out of the flower beds and onto the nursery shelves for some of them, the rest is placed wherever I can fit them – on the path, between other larger pots, behind my bench and just about everywhere. I have too many pots.
    I am sitting here tonight and waiting for the tail-end of Gonzalo, wondering how many pots will be upturned when I come out tomorrow. Leaves on the path? Definitely!

    • Jessica October 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      Many more leaves around here now! It did sound quite bad in London though so I hope you are OK and haven’t had too many pots to pick up. I know what you mean about having too many. I’m trying to cut them down, just to save all the time I spend watering.

  34. Donna@GardensEyeView October 21, 2014 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Stay safe with the storm coming…and I love the pot ghetto. We are almost done with leaves falling from trees and we will clear up the ones on the grass. Lots to still do isn’t there.

    • Jessica October 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Masses to do and it won’t all get done. Now that we’re getting serious rain here the soil is rapidly becoming too wet to work. Hey ho. We can only do what we can do.

  35. SeagullSuzie October 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    That made me laugh…poor Mike, hope the head is better! With no garden of my own to worry about and away from Berry Head it all seems so calm here….very strange feeling!

    • Jessica October 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Being in a valley with the wind in the right direction it’s been very sheltered here too. Up the top of the hill though (when the shopping arrived!) quite a different story.

  36. Sarah October 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I’m not surprised your pot ghetto has expanded with bargins like that! I feel very strange to be able to go to a garden centre and be able to buy things again after a few years where most of the plants we see already have a presence in our garden! Mike has been so busy with the heap it will be wonderful to see that view. Hope that bump on the head won’t hinder the progress! Sarah x

    • Jessica October 21, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      The bump on the head won’t but the weather might! The soil is now waterlogged so twice as heavy as it was. It would be a shame not to get it done though, I was so looking forward to chainsawing that hedge.
      It’s such fun when you take on a new garden, shopping for all the things that worked for you before and leaving behind those you never liked. Even more exciting in Spring when you see all the existing bulbs and perennials sprouting up that you never knew you had!

  37. Chloris October 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Of course you needed a treat Jessica and very nice too. Well chosen.
    I expect Mike felt he needed a bit of a treat too after his unfortunate run in with his first aid box. I wonder if anyone managed to read about it without a chuckle.
    I wonder if you have had the storms today. It is a bit of a shock after the warm days we have been having. More leaves for your steps.

    • Jessica October 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      It’s been quite windy roundabouts, but relatively sheltered down here in the valley. Some torrential showers though. The river is sounding a bit noisier than it was!
      Thankfully I didn’t need the contents of the first aid box but it was handy to have it so close by regardless.

  38. Cathy October 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Certainly mixed reports of the hurricane tail – as you say if you are sheltered you should miss the worst of it. Getting rid of a heap of any sort is a mammoth task but it will be an achievement once done – particularly if you can see the river once the hedge is attended to. You will have your work cut out with your leaves, hurricane or not! Hmm… 50% off sounds pretty irresisitable if they are plants you want – our nearest garden centre tends to have a sale for most of the winter, but I shall try and resist unless they have any grasses which are next on my priority list! I can’t really tell you to take a break and just enjoy the garden because I struggle to do it myself – it’s a promise for the future, isn’t it?!

    • Jessica October 22, 2014 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Exactly. How far into the future, that’s the problem!

  39. Lorraine May 31, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I think it was Beth Chatto (I may be wrong) who said ‘if in doubt plant a geranium’. I wholeheartedly agree but I would add that sentiment to Geums as well; they’re a wonderful plant and as long as you regularly deadhead they just keep on flowering throughout the entire growing season. They also seem to survive on virtual neglect, I planted a Miss Willmott in my south facing, heavy clay soil border and forgot to water it regularly until it was establshed (I think I only watered it twice) yet it’s flourishing beautifully.

    • Jessica May 31, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Geums are fabulous aren’t they. I’ve just moved some up on to a south facing bank and similarly neglected them, not intentionally just through lack of time. And still they soldier on. I hope next year they’ll clump up, join up, and give me a lovely drift of soft pink flowers flowing down the slope. Sloping gardens are definitely not easy, but I’ve found I can create some wonderful effects that just wouldn’t be possible on the flat.

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