As the constant rain pours past the window with no imminent end in sight, it is time to hunker down inside with a cuppa. I have even managed to remember to water and dead head the geraniums that are residing in the kitchen for the winter. They won’t stay flowering long with the massive tempratue changes and the light levels falling but then I’ll relegate them to the summer house under fleece and definatley forget all about them.
I mentioned a while ago how rubbish I was with house plants but the new trend for indoor gardening may even finally peaked my interest. At least as far as some of the new plants I have discovered are concerned. Whether I will ever branch out to experimentation remains to be seen. My interest was gained by a picture on pintrest of a variegated Banana, https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/380343131032520124/ After more searching I also found a variegated Swiss Cheese plant on Crocus https://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/monstera-deliciosa-variegata/classid.2000032008/ and although finding the foliage bold and gorgeous, the price tag burst my houseplant bubble. My love affair with big leaved variegated house plants ended and will stay a dream.
Charles Jenks passed away earlier this month Whilst he was mainly known for his Architectural work he did create some bold landscape projects. Not a plant in sight though so apologies to those of you who enjoy herbaceous borders. I did learn very early on in my gardening life that plants need something to show them off. I started experimenting first with a tiny little terraced garden. I was such a plant aholic already that I dug up the entire lawn and the whole garden was plants, apart from a very narrow path and a bench. It was lovely in a way but I missed the contrast and open space that the plants needed to show them off to best effect. So I think there needs to be some areas of space, calm, lack of movement to show off the borders to best effect. So this is the moment of calm in this blog before we go back to plants. Something stuck me about Jenks work the first time I saw the sweeping curves and the way his work fits into the landscape around it. https://static.wixstatic.com/media/174c3f_aa38c97d80c64a7581943ccdc08d15ec~mv2.jpg/v1/fill/w_986,h_568,al_c,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/174c3f_aa38c97d80c64a7581943ccdc08d15ec~mv2.webp.
There, back to flowers, we can all relax now we are safely back in the realm of garden flowering plants. Nerines are often considered an exotic splash of late summer colour and yet if you find the right sunny, well drained and sheltered spot they can provide that much needed flair at the end of the summer without all the hassle of lifting and overwintering that is involved with Dahlia. Usually you plant them with the neck just showing but in our frost prone corner of Derbyshire if you plant them a couple of inches deep, it just provides a little protection.
Not much else exciting this week apart from chopping and sweeping so thought I would share this very topical ghost leaf I found while sweeping on All Hallows Eve.
Moving swiftly on to Bonfire Night and The Gunpowder Plot anniversary next week it is bonfire time in the garden.
Being a pyromaniac at heart this is one of my favourite garden activities.It is also a very useful way of getting rid of pruning waste. if space allows. Don’t make your pile in advance though, or if you have to pile it up over time. Move the pile before you set fire to it in case any Hedgehogs or other critters are settling down to hibernate in there.