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Autumn Flowers

October 10, 2017

A trip to Great Dixter and Sissinghurst last weekend confirmed that both these stunning gardens hold their own throughout the year and are well worth seeing even out of season. The substantial evergreen planting in both gardens sustains form and interest whilst the luxuriant planting in the beds cleverly softens the formality.  And whilst the borders were fading the drama was maintained in both gardens with swathes of dahlias and fabulous clumps of Cosmos ‘Sensation’ and C. ‘Purity’ and C. ‘Rubenza’ below. For the cost of a packet of seeds the most glorious display can be enjoyed throughout summer up till the first frost.

Verbena ‘Sissinghurst’ was thriving at the castle in four urns at the entrance to the garden and a profusion of Erigeron karvinskian had colonised at the base …

On the allotment the broad bean ‘Aquadulce’ sown two weeks ago germinated fast and are in the ground spaced 25 cm apart in two rows. More will be sown at home in a month or two to prolong the picking but in my experience they tend to catch up and usually produce their beans all at the same time.

However it’s good to fill the beds at this time of year and they are sharing the space with  Russian kale for winter pickings, garlic and Pak Choi. The homemade compost  spread over this bed a week ago had produced masses of small weed seedlings that were easily hoed off. And the row of spinach sown from seed a few week back was demolished by slugs as soon as it was in the ground so will be re-sown and protected in the cold frame till bigger and stronger.

Envelopes are now stuffed full of seeds of ‘Love in a Mist’, nasturtiums, aguilegia, sweetpeas and these Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ seeds.  It’s a great plant for its vibrant orange flowers and for the strangely primitive form so seeds were scattered next to the allotment shed for picking. If they fail to germinate I shall edit out plants from here to take to the allotment next Spring.

And I moved all the Kaffir lilies to the back of a border at home because they tend to flop over the garden path.

A row of stunning sunflower ‘Velvet Queen is coming to an end but has been such good value for the last eight weeks.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2017 1:41 pm

    How wonderful to visit both Sissinghurst and Great Dixter on one day; a great way to compare these two iconic gardens.

    • October 10, 2017 2:21 pm

      Yes I have wanted to visit both for years and they are near enough to see in one day. And useful to see at this time of year with much that was familiar and affirming.

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