Autumn is here at Rosemary Cottage
Summer seems a distant past but the garden is still looking colourful as the autumn colours creep in. The Garden has been a delight with several new surprises this summer. The fruit trees haven’t been as productive but we had an exceptional yield last year so fingers crossed for next year (as everyone needs a rest occasionally). The new damson plum tree only planted February (2016) fruited unexpectedly and the plums were delicious.
The new deep perennial border against the north facing wall has been a huge success it took a lot of filling but with a few evergreen shrubs & wall climbers added too it will continue to improve every year.
Climbing rose pruning has been done taking all the flowering growth off and reduced in height by a third and back to a framework secured on the wall. It looks harsh and bare but come next Spring a good feed with chicken pelleted manure will bring it back to life and give a spectacular display from late May throughout the Summer.
I love to colours this time of year from the sedums, rudbekia & asters, I’ve also got a foxglove & delphinium re-flowering but the rosa rugosa hips brighten up the gloomiest of dark grey autumn days.
The leaves are turning now and the plants are starting to fall asleep as the night time temperatures drop and light levels reduce. I’m always reluctant to do the big cut down of the perennials until the frost has nipped at them first.
So whilst the garden autumn tidying up continues I shall get out into the garden as much as possible but with the wet, windy autumn days looming I will enjoy the last of the flowers for 2016 and get planning for 2017.