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August 2019



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In the garden: signs of autumn

Misty mornings. Berries on the hawthorn in the hedge and on cotoneasters. Annual visit from squirrel, busily burying hazel nuts all over the garden. Berberis dripping with coral seed pods. Blackberries. I’ve taken my geranium cuttings and a few others. Spring bulbs have been ordered from Crocus, to make sure I get the varieties I want, not just the ones the garden centre chooses to sell. Now that we’ve had rain at last, I’ve started planting out. Horticultural Society Autumn Show in two weeks’ time.

The picture shows a pot overflowing with plectranthus and sugar-pink begonias. When it hasn’t just been rained on, the plectranthus is even more silvery and the combination is pretty. I haven’t grown waxy-leaved begonias before because I don’t much care for them. I have to say the ones in this pot are very good doers. I have some of the other kind, blowsy things, in my chimney pots this year. From a distance they look like roses.
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Have you posted a picture of your hazelnut trees? I did a search but nothing came up. Could you do so sometime?? We planted two in honor of our granddaughter Hazel's arrival five years ago. They are very different in size, though in the same place. We were told there would be hazelnuts in five years, but I'm not sure they are big enough.
That's rather a poser. Part of the hedge dividing my garden from a field is hazel and in one place the hazel has been allowed to grow tree-sized. It grows too quickly for my liking! At one time, some foolish person planted a bamboo under it, so it's all rather a tangle. I'll see if I can get a reasonable angle on it. If not, I'll try the nuts!
The squirrels are certainly busy with nut burying. It's felt rather autumnal the past couple of days but apparently we are to get warm and sunny days in September :) Your garden sounds lovely and busy preparing for autumn :)
I don't want to wish summer away but I do love autumn, especially when we get good weather in September and October. Everything is late this year, so there are still flowers to look forward to!
I love autumn as well and it's even better if there's a bit of an Indian summer in September and October. I don't want it hot, just warm! It's been so hot here that all the flowers are mostly dead and even the harvest was early. We can hope for berries for colour :)