Another mixed bag weather-wise. Monday will see us with a cloudy sky all day with temperatures tonight of 9C degrees and 12C degrees during the day. Tuesday, our best day, with sunny spells and temperatures slowly rising! Wednesday is the warmest day of the week, 17C degrees with some showers. Thursday back to light rain all day and Friday sunny spells with cloud coming over late afternoon.
You would think that the back end of the garden year should become less active, but there are so many jobs waiting to be seen to so we make sure we achieve at least one task a day and hopefully more if they are not too big.
Although we certainly have had plenty of rain for our area I will water the Rhododendrons, Azaleas and any newly planted shrub or rose. Weeding is always on the agenda every day as well as dead-heading of roses and the herbaceous borders with the exception of plants I would like to take seed from or to let the plant self-seed.
David is to complete a tree survey of the mature woodland and prepare a new management plan as well as finish the drystone wall which is in its final stage! He will attempt to build another one during the Winter months, this one will have a seat within the wall!
With leaves starting to fall I will empty last year’s leafmould and spread it on flower borders and frost tender plants. Also tying up rambler roses so they do not get damaged in the winter winds.
Tuesday being a sunny day we will lift the potatoes and let them dry out, then bag them up and store them cool and dry in the garage.
In the next few weeks we will continue thinning out the pine woodland and planting understorey shrubs eg. Rhododendrons. We are hoping to create two new island beds in our big lawn area and plant them up with existing plants, from the flowers borders, which are a bit hidden at the moment. Hopefully they will look sympathetic and in keeping with our garden.
Now that the days are visibly getting shorter we shall enjoy the Autumn light and migrating birds!