After the wet August a balmy September set in and the garden was looking lovely in its late summer colours. Tall stands of actaea were wafting their exotic scent along the paths and the massed plantings in the Giant Garden were spectacular.
But by mid-September it was time to get busy again. A major sort out was due in wet areas where bog plants look much better standing in shallow water rather than on wet banks (these are also impossible to keep clear of creeping weeds). So there has been a huge dig out to replace these wet areas with shallow water (about 2 inches deep) bounded by raised areas held about 12 inches above water by boards. In a long streamside bed many hemerocallis have been weeded out to make place for new planting in the spring. Heleniums like to keep moist and will extend the season there.
Trees and shrubs in the Wild Flower meadow have come on well but wild flowers have found it hard to compete with the vigorous grass growth. Last year in this area the surface soil was scraped off across a trial plot and this gave far less vigorous growth. So this year a much larger area has been scraped and we have high hopes of a better wild flower environment. In the less fertile where some yellow rattle had established a lot of new seed has been planted.
Altogether we are looking forward to having lots of exciting new growth to show our visitors next year. We hope to see you.
© Christopher Jones