Saturday, 15 November 2014


Well  it is mid November and the weather is still mild, there have been a few cold nights but no frost to speak of!

So the garden is still wearing it's Autumn colours .

The grasses and Phormium are looking good.

The Bamboo is still going strong

This Acer that we planted as a tiny twig is showing off it's winter colour.

A closer look of the leaves.

The Flax , Viburnum and Mahonia .

 Closer look at the  Mahonia.

The climbing Hydrangea.

The holly in berry.

 A view of the stem of the Snake Bark Maple.

A mass of shrub colour.

The pink  Phormium .

A peek in the greenhouse.

This lovely Hydrangea as been in flower for months.

A fern

More Fern's still in leaf.

A smaller Acer.

A Cotoneaster in berry.

This enormous Honey Bush should have been frost bitten and back down to the ground but instead it's in FLOWER! A very rare thing!

So now we are hoping the frost stays away long enough for them to flower, the flowers smell of honey when they open, hence it's name.

In the words of the minions BANANA!!! Dried out and ready to be put to bed for the winter.

The Green BANANA! that can stay in position as long as it's protected! Looks like some strange sort of scarecrow!

You can see the final pink Anemone just under the statue of  Niamh  the water nymph who will be covered up soon to see her safely through the winter months.

So that was a little wander round the back garden late this evening just before it started to get dark.


Monday, 3 November 2014


I do not know where October went! We have been very busy with other projects in October and now that's finished and things have calmed down.
Well almost as our youngest daughter gets married this month, so we will only be tidying things away for the winter in the garden and doing the jobs that must be done until this next event is over by which time we'll be almost into December.

But I thought I would share a few photo's of plants that have come back into flower due to the mild weather we have had up till now.

This little pot of pinks which flowers so well over the summer has burst back into flower in the last few days.
Paul's taken some cutting's of this lovely plant so hopefully we will have more to plant out next year.

The beautiful pink noisette  Ballerina Rose is also in bloom!

even this honeysuckle is full of new flowers!

The Iceberg rose is still reaching for the sky with it's blooms.

The Melianthus Major ( Honey bush ) is getting bigger than we have ever seen it! It's so big that we will need to move it once the frost's and cold weather have caused the die back, to another place with more room, so another job to do before winter sets in.

Even the fuchsia's are still going strong!

The pelargoniums still going strong along with the yellow, evening primrose you can see behind.

more flowers.

So this was still all on show this weekend but tonight the cold weather and even colder nights have arrived so over the coming days that plants will finally decided that it's time to rest for the winter and go back to sleep.

I will finish with another photo of the pinks, because they are looking so nice and deserve the honour.