Wildlife Wednesday

I know it’s Friday and I am late, I do not have any wildlife photos either, just a photo of the work of wildlife,
I have been autumn pruning some plants, apparently you prune in autumn plants you do not want to encourage more growth, prune in spring to encourage growth, I was cutting back the long growth on one of the leylandii, when I saw grass high in the branches, almost my eye level, further inspection revealed a nest,
back in my July post I showed photos of a pair of stonechat near this leylandii, now I know why they were keeping an eye on me as I worked near it, I was/am ecstatic about this nest as it is the first nest I have found in a tree I planted, it’s a kind of ‘thank you for giving us this tree we like it and have built a home in it’,

the pollinators have gone, either to warmer climates or hibernation, the summer visiting birds have left and the winter residents are hopping around the garden, blackbird, thrush, wren and robin (European), they are all year round residents, however the robin is not seen in summer, I think they go out to the moor with the sheep and return to the garden in winter as the sheep return to the fields, the resident geese have started their winter daily ritual of flying over in the morning heading out to sea, to feed and as the sun descends in the afternoon they fly over again heading for the comfort and shelter of the heather moor for the night, when people sometimes ask me why would I want to live here one of my stock answers is, because I would rather hear the honking of the geese flying overhead than the honking of traffic,

thanks to Tina for hosting wildlife Wednesday, please follow the link to Tina’s blog to see wildlife and not just a nest,

have a nice weekend x

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end of month view ~ October

and she screeches in just before the end of the last day, I was going to be early this month but things – happen, and so I just make the last day of the month at the eleventh hour (or twenty third if you are on the 24 hour clock).

the species rose border last month and this from both sides,









the bright red patch on the right is persicaria, it’s the first time for many years that I have a patch sans grass growing through it, it’s beautiful, imo,


the border is mostly foliage colour, just a few blooms, Liatris Spicata has flowered well this year, and the ice plant sedums,


the phormium bed is still doing well, it still amazes me that at the beginning of this year it was mainly grass and weeds,


I bought some more plants when in town, clockwise from the back, Eric cinerea Velvet night, Culluna vulgaris Silver queen and Acaena microphylla Kupferteppich, the 2 in front were bought for their foliage and intended for the middle bed, but, when I looked up the Acaena it needs sun and the middle bed might not be sunny enough so I have planted it in the phormium bed and that is when I realised that though this bed has foliage texture, it’s all the same colour, green, with all the same tones, so any new plants now for this bed cannot be green, the acaena has dark brownish leaves, it is said it will root as it grows and make a good ground cover,


though it might meet some competition from the creeping comfrey which has grown so much it is making it’s way as a ground cover for the daylilies,


will my echinacea flowers open before it’s too late and the cold kills them,


from the other side, I like how the light comes through the crocosmia leaves,


and the still flowering lavateria, draped over the phormium, this is the view from the house and it has given me pleasure seeing those blooms,


the rosa rugosa border, weeded at last, it looks very empty thought there are bulbs under the soil, looking at the rose on the right, Sarah van Fleet, it’s incredible that those few little geraniums made all those flowers and foliage for 2-3 months in summer, the gap is there because I have not got an over lap there is a small part missing in the middle,





alba is wearing autumn colours and shedding leaves, and I have started digging out the crocosmia next to it,


the wind and rain last week killed the rudbeckia but with heads hanging and ruffled it still has a beauty,


as the sun went down Saturday afternoon I saw this and went to get my camera, the low sun on the roses,


the little bed, well now those plants I bought, I had several thoughts on where to plant the erica but it was only after I got home that I thought of the little bed,


well this then started another thought, Erica carnea Golden starlet, one plant had grown too large for where it was, so why not dig it out and put it in the little bed with the Erica cinerea,


so I did,


it actually divided into 3 good size plants which are all in the little bed,


the daylily foliage is taking on a nice golden yellow,


the usual view,


and from the other side,


thanks to Helen for hosting end of month view,

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Nymans an alternate view

following on from the last post of the summer borders (SB), some photos of the small beds by the entrance to the SB walk, they use a few of the same plants but in a totally different way, mixed with grasses, I wondered if the SB are part of a tradition, the garden was started by the family in the second half of the C19th. when those herbaceous borders were popular in England, these small borders are a contrast, a sort of C19th meets C21st.

as I approached the entrance to the SB I saw this view, the first glimpse of a corner bed,
as I walked through the arch I saw this view of the other corner bed,
walking through the arch and a little way along the path I turned to see the two corner beds in full, this was how I like to see a mix of plants, flowers and grasses, I have no idea what the tall stemmed large leaved plants are,
I love the grass (pennisetum?) with the small mauve flowers, I did try to take notes and where there were labels I took photos but I found none here,

francescaple.nymans24the post I wrote in July about my visit to Nymans has 2 more photos of these corner beds, one showing both beds, you can click on this link to see them,

there was the long walk of the SB to finally reach the other end, I was curious to reach here as I remembered it from February, a long line of grass inter planted with lovely burnt orange flowers (heleniums?),


this is how it looked in February, I liked how the grass stood strong and thought the dark background (I think it’s yew) enhanced it, infact if you check back at the first photo of my previous post looking across the SB in February you can see this grass in the distance,

francescaple.nymans26I tried to get a same view photo in July,

francescaple.nymans27the border across the SB walk has more flowers, the grass looks young and needs to mature,


I have enjoyed looking back at the photos and hope you are enjoying seeing them, I will be posting more areas of the grounds over winter, the various areas are quite different from each other, providing interest for all different tastes,
back to my own garden for the next post,

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