our weather has been strong winds interspersed with gale force winds and quite a lot of rain too, since I came back from the mainland over 3 weeks ago I have had just one day and a couple of hours in the garden, most of these photos were taken 3 weeks ago,
the trees have had their leaves blown off by the gales without completing the colour changes but I did get a few photos 3 weeks ago, (all these trees were planted at the same time nearly 10 years ago you can see some just haven’t grown I’ve grown tired of weeding and mulching and nothing happens I don’t think it’s just the wind but also the low nutrient peat soil and contrary to what the presenters of gardeners question time think everyone does not have access to horse manure, mushroom compost, etc.)
Rowan, these few leaves are low on this tree all the rest were blown dry as a crisp,
shrubs this Spiraea stem looked beautiful 3 weeks ago now all the stems are covered with dry grey/brown crisp leaves, I’m amazed at their tenacity of clinging on still,
this photo is the only recent photo in a little bit of calm late one afternoon, I love the red of next years buds showing with the golden leaves on Ribes flowering currant, I hope the winds don’t kill the buds though,
Ajuga foliage looks good all year, the ajuga I planted near the pines is travelling around nicely now and I think contrasts well with the decomposing pine needles,
Ajuga retans atropurpurea (at least I think it’s that one, it was given me by a neighbour years ago)
Ajuga catlins giant (needs weeding)
early this year I dug up and split a large clump of Kniphofia and planted some behind this Bunnera I like the contrast of green and some of the golden feverfew seeded behind the Kniphofia which I think will look nice peeping through next year,
these are below some of the Alders, it is a shaded area especially when the trees are in full leaf, I like the brightness the golden feverfew and yellow archangel bring to the area, the small dark green leaves are native primrose the large on the left are native foxglove, I’m going to remove the lady’s mantle that has seeded in and plant it else where or it will try to take over,
this tiny fern will/should eventually grow large Osmunda regalis the royal fern it is planted near the pink candelabra primulars, so foliage in waiting …..
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windy weather update ….. it’s blowing strongly as I write and there are 75 mph winds on the way here, have a nice weekend ……..