Six on a Saturday: Autumn is here 3.11.18

The last week has seen the weather change properly to Autumn. The leaves are coming more rapidly from the trees. The light is softer. The day is shorter. But still plenty happening in the garden.

1. The view from above

The changing of the clocks, the first proper frost and shortening days has brought the soft Autumn light to the garden. From above you can see many of the trees have shed their leaves in the strong winds over the last few weeks. But still, a lot hanging on in there.

The patio work is still set for beginning next month. I mainly have evergreens on the patio, so while they suffer from the weather it keeps a bit of greenery through the year close to the house.

2. Decidious fall

The dogwood has almost finished dropping its leaves. It has some nice red stems for Autumn interest, but come Spring it will be getting a hard prune down to the ground, then fresh red stems will grow. It’s getting a bit big and the stem colour isn’t as nice on older stems.

The acer is one of the first trees to shed its leaves. I’ve been pruning out a third of branches each year to keep the size down while maintaining a nice shape. I’ll probably give its yearly trim soon.

The leaves around most of the garden fall off neatly and don’t end up on the lawn. So, I largely leave them where they are providing rich growth for foliage corner.

3. Evergreen interest

From moving in I’ve added a few more evergreen plants so there is some greenery through the year. The camellias, conifers and euonymus provide a framework to keep some cover through the year.

The cineria has grown out of control, but it will retain it’s silver leaves through the winter filling the border with a good area of cover. Then I can look at thinning it out next year.

On the patio, the skimmia is slowly growing and getting set to flower.

4. Hydrangae

The hydrangea have featured lots this year, but they deserve a mention in regards Autumn. After flowering these slowly fade, so several months on from flowering they are still looking nice. The pink will fade to brown. I quite like the faded brown flowerheads, which I leave until Spring to cut. This gives the plant some protection from frost, but I also just like the look of it. For a long period of seasonal interest in my garden, there isn’t much else to touch their crown.

5. Feed the birds

The temperature has dropped and with that birds have returned to the feeders in greater numbers. I have just had a new delivery of Haith’s bird seed. I buy in bulk, saving money, and reducing my plastic waste. Haith’s are Lincolnshire based company that produces cleaner seed, that is supposedly better for the birds. I can’t comment on the health benefits, but I do know the birds love the seed. I’ve had maybe 40-50 starlings in the garden at once over the last week.

6. Pumpkin

It’s that time of year where a mass number of pumpkin are killed in the name of All Hallows Eve. Landfill will be swamped with pumpkin carcasses. I am going to wash my seeds and dry to leave for the birds. Apparently, a number of birds and small mammals will eat them. Alice didn’t give her pumpkin much time this year. Last year she stood for ages watching, this year not so bothered. We didn’t go out for Halloween, but she has spent a lot of time dressed as Little Red Riding Hood.

Hope you enjoy your weekends. I’ve still got the last of the Spring bulbs to go in the pots and if it’s dry enough the lawn is in need of a mow.

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18 thoughts on “Six on a Saturday: Autumn is here 3.11.18”

  1. I do as you do for my hydrangeas. An autumn interest that allows later protection against cold. Beautiful overview of your garden otherwise and your daughter Alice is so cute in her disguise


  2. I so appreciated the photo that shows the size of your garden. I expect you have to be careful about what you plant and ruthless in pulling out if things don’t do well. And I loved the photo of Alice looking out at the glowing pumpkin. We got no kids this year on Halloween. Apparently they all go into the town proper where houses may have 200 costumed children trick or treating.

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    1. Yes, over three Summers I’ve learned that I’m better off doing a few plants repeated, rather than lots of single specimens. The camellias are in the firing line currently as they ate a bit tender and in the wrong soil. Whereas another hydrangae would probably thrive and I’d like a lime or white variety.

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  3. You have certainly got a lot of bird feeders – must be expensive keeping that lot filled up! I have a few; the suet balls seem to be a big favourite and get eaten very quickly, especially if the magpies manage to balance on the feeder. But it is a lovely part of autumn / winter even if they do make a bit of a mess.

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    1. I buy bulk bird feed bags. Suet goes in a day currently, so I only put it it out days I’m in the house to enjoy seeing them. But I make sure there are fat balls and seed to keep them coming in. If you stop putting food it can be damaging to birds in winter visiting and getting no reward for their energy.

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  4. Those are fine hydrangeas. Birds are quite expensive eaters! Here they get through about 15Kg each of sunflower hearts and peanuts a month. I’ve stopped putting out fat balls as they get attacked by magpies but instead put out jars of “Flutter Butter” (look it up on Amazon), a little bit more expensive perhaps but the magpies can’t get at it so it lasts longer and so works out cheaper in the long run. Then there’s nuts for the squirrels and food for the hedgehogs….. Wildlife feeding costs more than feeding one human being!


  5. My neighbour’s hydrangea is a similar colour to yours & I’ve been enjoying those fading heads sticking above her fence. Something very old fashioned about it, altho I loved them when they were freshly pink, too. Your methods for containing the shrubs was interesting & obviously one that works. Also will look into your seed company. Thanks for all that lovely info & great photos. Alice is a doll, as usual.


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