|Garden reclamation is in progress|
I seem to have spent more time in the garden this last month than in all the rest of the summer. It’s been so warm and the forecast gales never materialised and so virtually everyday has seen me outside with saw, pruners and secateurs. It’s been a controlled hack-back using steps or a newly acquired sturdy platform (more of that next month), initially sawing through over-tall branches and then today, cutting and shaping. Whilst I cut and then carted the prunings down to the bottom of the orchard, my husband set about the bonfire, compost heap and raking windfall apples for the hens. There’s so much still to tackle, but I am determined to have the acre more under control before the New Year!
|Fallen leaves have their uses in more ways than one.|
It hasn’t been all reclamation, for as readers are no doubt already aware, our garden is my creative springboard. I spent an hour walking in the neighbourhood taking photos of trees, whilst collecting fallen leaves with typically Autumn colours. These have been rinsed and are in the press ready for mounting into a tiny handmade journal with cheesecloth pages and mounting made from tea-bag papers. We are awash with tea so that I have sufficient – they lie around the house drying on radiators!!
|Hanging baskets add that extra dimension to house and garden.|
|Meet Chris Spanton|
|Calendula 'Daisy May'|
|Aren't these glorious?|
Cosmos 'Feng Shui'
|A heritage sweet-pea|
|Amazing 'Root Trainers' - I'll definitely be trialling these|
|Honesty flowers are purple or white, but|
it's the seedpods that beguile.
|A touch of nostalgia - Aquilegia (Columbine) 'Cottage Garden Mixed'.|
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