It’s been an age since I contributed to SoS, despite that I’ve always visited all the other gardens across the globe. Life’s been a bit busy and to be honest, it’s that time of year where nothing much is going on in our gardens. There’s that hiatus between summer and autumn when the leaves aren’t quite ready to rake, when it’s not quite bulb-planting time and we’re waiting to spread all the good compost around.
We’re in the little Matchbox garden currently and have managed to trim the summer growth away, and after these shots were taken, my husband carted composted soil and I spread it.
First image is wire. The other day we heard the dog barking and went to see what the problem was, only to find he’d ripped that patch of garden to shreds, including the watering system, as he attempted to catch a rat. Typical Jack Russell! Fortunatley it was easy to fix and whilst husband repaired everything, I poured S.C.A.T around. It’s a mixture of this and that designed to keep possums, birds, rats and mice off gardens.
Next, empty pots waiting for tulips which are currently in the fridge cooling off. The chocolate Cosmos in two of the pots will be moved to two of the raised beds.
Our rampant Solomon’s Seal has been cut right back to the ground and it’s allowed the hellebores to breathe. I also planted white Cyclamen Persicum along the bed. I found directions on how to make fabulous woven baskets made from vine prunings which I’d love to have a go at for that big boring wall.
On the facing bed, all the delicate white nerines are beginning to flower amongst the rarer hellebores.
In that same bed and at completely the wrong time (we’re in autumn don’t forget), one of my standard Hellebore Nigers is flowering.
Several white primula polyantha from last year are beginning to pop up and flower, now that they have light and air from the big cutback.
And that’s it from me. Hopefully my next SoS will be from our big garden which will begin to cover itself in autumn leaves. Hoping all gardeners are happy and healthy…
I hope all is well for you over there
I can see that the garden is well maintained; I can’t even see the weeds! ??
Thanks Fred. Yes, all’s well. Weeds? The Matchbox is very tiny and it’s easy to keep on top of the weeds but our large garden is a different ballgame. Especially the veggie garden which is terror. I suspect lots of works coming up.
I have plenty of the bright pink Nerine but hadn’t seen the white variety before – very nice. My Solomon’s Seal is leaping into action as I write, it’s such an elegant plant.
Meanwhile, my years of “proper” running are long gone (if they ever existed) but I manage a 5k run a couple of times a week. Nothing like the ultra long runs my amazing son-in-law does!
Crikey! 5km runs x2. I think that’s excellent. I can no longer run owing to ongoing injury, but manage 5 km walks daily with the JRT.
What is that fencing material behind the nerine? Very interesting in the baskets from vine trimmings – I look forward to seeing what you create.
Hi Erin. It’s called brush fencing and is from the leaf-ends of the native teatree and the panels come from South Australia. In SA, one sees the fences everywhere, in Tasmania not so much but we loved them when we lived in SA and decided to incorporate the fencing around the little town house here in Tassie. There are a row of paperbark trees in the street (such an unfriendly species – prickly!) and they blend with those really well and insulate us from city noise as we’re not really city folk. 😉