When I go out in the garden with my camera I find that there are several photographs that I take, ( perhaps rather boringly, over and over. They are not a patch on those Charles takes, but I’m afraid mine are what you’re getting)
This repetition has a great merit though: it gives me a picture of a particular part of the garden through the year – and ultimately it will be over several years. And as a Rant Post, showing you some of them has the added advantage right now of reminding us that it’s not winter all the time.
Here it is again, not snowy. This is more as it is at the moment – we are having cold nights. I love the beige grasses – visible in the background – at this time of year. Always a sad thing, to cut them down.
Mostly it’s not even frosty and looks more like this. Except that it doesn’t always have the inevitable Charles being useful.
Is this more like it?
This is a view slightly to the right of the previous ones and shows the geraniums and alchemillas which edge the lawn, saving us from the horrible edging thing. The Crescent Border (beyond here) has a wall round it so also no dreaded edging.
Here it is again, just to clarify a bit. I spend time every year encouraging the geraniums at the expense of the alchemilla, as I’d like the balance to be more even between the two. They are a bit gone over here…
The blue is picked up though by the Campanula lactiflora in the Crescent Border, in front of the wavy beech hedge. It flowers generously all through the border. Big tip – this comes easily from seeds in a variety of shades of blue, and if you don’t want a four foot flowering in June, you can cut it down before it flowers and it will give you flowers at a height of about two feet in August. Or you can cut part of it down… there’s a lot of scope. (At least here in Wales)
And then in July
there is still campanula, but Chamaenerion angustifolium ‘Stahl Rose’, a crimson persicaria and the wonderful Persicaria alpina have appeared. Also throughout the border. And back in another part of the garden Crocosmia Lucifer is shoving its way into the picture, uninvited, in scarlet.
And then August – remember August?
and a bit of yellow is appearing now. The alchemilla has been strimmed to the ground and has now reappeared as a great foliage plant and such a good edging. 🙂
And, we’re nearly finished – November is here:
I love autumn and not just because we close the garden then. The distant grasses are golden now.
And we still get sunshine in winter:
I hope this has inspired you to take your camera and find your spot. And best of all if you are just starting your garden, so you can see not just months, but years. The best I can do is this: