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As October ends…

In flowers, Gardening on October 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

many of the trees have shed their leaves, withdrawing the enegry and nutrition within to tide them over the coming Winter. The Ash and Hawthorn are already bare, others like the Beech and Oak hold the leaves for longer and very slowly lose their colour.

The seed pods of Honesty are now turned brown. Soon these silver discs will disintegrate allowing the seeds within to drop to the earth where they will throw up an abundance of new plants next Spring.

The Latin name for Honesty is Lunaria, I presume this refers to the moonlike appearance of the seed pods. It is also called Money Plant or Silver Dollars.

This Polygonum has been flowering for months now. It’s not as invasive as it’s more famous relative the much hated Japenese Knotweed. I still would’nt put it in a border though, just to be on the safe side, this one is planted in a corner on it’s own which it has filled very nicely.

This little Primula which is in a tub by the back door has decided to flower now. Is it flowering very early or flowering very late? I can’t decide which. I think plants are a bit confused with the strange weather this year. The Summer was cold and wet so plants must have thought it was Autumn, now it is still wet but very mild. Plants thinking it’s Spring maybe?

Sedum spectablis is still providing a great splash of colour…

while also sending up next’s years shoots! Surely these don’t usually sprout like this until Spring?

The Black Hollyhock is still flowering too. It is getting shelter and support from the Twisted Willow it is planted against.

In flower @ Prospect Cottage.

In Animals, Gardening on April 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

Periwinkle.

Vinca major or Periwinkle as it is more commonly known is just showing it’s first flowers now. It is an old cottage garden favourite, it’s great asset is that it does well in shady areas. An old name for Periwinkle was sorcerer’s violet, at one time it was used in love charms and was believed to have the power to get rid of evil spirits. It was also made into an ointment used to treat skin inflammmations.

Cosmos are one of my fave garden flowers. I planted a full packet of seeds earlier in the Spring and they have come on well. Yesterday I planted a full trough of them, multicoloured variety. This trough was an old one from someone’s attic given a new lease of life in the garden. Last year it held Strawberries, they have been moved into the polytunnel to give some earlies.

The fab weather at the moment is bringing lots of plants into early flower although I think the Campion and Honesty pictured above are actually in season. Their colour matchedness is purely accidental. I just plant without worrying about coordination, somehow it still manages to look fine, you can’t mismatch nature!

This is Bella a few hours after she was born last year, so cute. Check yesterday’s post to see her now, still a cutie!