Sunday, 18 September 2011

Mid September

I have spent several pleasant hours in the garden this afternoon. I hadn't planned to do any work today but the weather was warmer and drier than forecast so I thought I would make the most of it.

Last week I wrote about changing this border. I had removed a couple of roses and cut back the clematis. The remains of Hurricane Katrina flattened the sweet peas. They are leaning against the fence on the right.

I've removed the sweet peas.The honeysuckle and virginia creeper had grown too big so they have been cut back and some pieces of root removed. I have reduced the height of the daisies which I'll be moving later. It look a bit sad but I will be sowing hardy annuals next week.

I'm still picking flowers for the house, although I don't think there will be many more. The white cosmos has been pulled out. The clary has been deadheaded for its seeds, this has made it flower again. The mint has been in the jug for about three weeks; it now has roots.

The last of the sweet peas and asters.

Lupinus 'Pink Fairy'. A small lupin type flower with a powerful scent. I bought the seed from Sarah Raven. It was difficult to propagate and has struggled in the dry border. I have left it to set seed and I'll give it another try next year.


  1. Didn't realize that Katrina had gotten to you all on "that side" of the Atlantic. I guess that once we send them on to the east and north, we forget that that there is a "there" over there to get hit, too.

    Love your fence with the open work at the top. The best of privacy and view. It must be lovely when the cutting flowers are up and blooming. Do you build some sort of support for the sweet peas, or do they just lean on the fence? Am planting my first ones in the spring and am not sure I am prepared!

  2. Hi Webb

    By the time Katrina got to us in Birmingham she was weakening rapidly. Scotland and the North of England had the worst of it.

    The fence is my neighbours, the trellis does look nice but is very fiddly to paint.

    I grow my sweet peas on a tripod of Hazel cut from the shrub in my garden,wrapping garden twine around it.

  3. Hi,

    I'm surprised your Asters and sweet peas have finished; I've just picked another bouquet of sweet peas this morning and there are plenty of buds waiting to still come out. It's so nice to still have their perfume around the house.
    Although, my Asters haven't been that great this year - I've had plenty of flat-topped aster but some I bought still haven't bloomed and actually I don't think it will at all. Instead I've had to buy a couple of 'mums for interest.

  4. Hi Gwirrel,

    I should have written 'Asters and the last of the sweet peas'. Lots of Asters still to come; the sweet peas were blown down by the wind and got very battered. It was disappointing as there were lots of buds waiting to open.