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My garden in Autumn

I’ve been working my way through a lengthy list of Things to Do in the garden – none of which I will bore you with here. You know the drill … cut back, tidy, dead head, prune, chop, feed, mulch, plan, re-pot, plant, prepare … and then still lots more to do. One of the advantages of all this activity is that cutting back the tired summer growth seems to bring the Autumn blooms to the fore. After last years change of season realisation that everything is white in my garden, I’ve been trying to add a few more blues and pinks and I’m enjoying the colours. But it seems more white sneaked its way in too …

First Camellia bloom of the season. Last year they started to bloom slightly earlier which I wrote about here. This lovely bloom below is on the 3 year quite large shrub. It’s the first one to bloom every year. It is one of my favourite plants in the garden and I’m relieved it recovered from the strange leaf fungus or mould that affected it late last year. Cutting back the plants around it and removing the affected leaves seems to have done the trick.

The first Camellia of the Season

Here are some of my other ‘Autumn Lovelies’…

[one_half]Lovely Autumn foliage in the gardenLovely Autumn foliage in the garden[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Close up of Nandinas changing foliageClose up of Nandinas changing foliage[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sweet Sutera loving the Autumn sunSweet Sutera loving the Autumn sun[/one_half]

[one_half_last]These are new and loving their spotThese are new loving their spot[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Everybodies favourite, favouriteEverybodies favourite, favourite[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My lovely little field of AnemonesMy lovely little field of Anemones[/one_half_last]

[one_half]with lots more to come …with lots more to come ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Reseeded itself? WonderfulReseeded itself? Wonderful[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sigh … I love all the foliageSigh ... I love all the foliage[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And the roses are still looking lovelyAnd the roses are still looking lovely[/one_half_last]

Don’t you just love the start of my little “field” of Anemones? I’ve read that they can become invasive … I say, “come and invade my garden with your pretty flowers! We’ll make lots of space for you here in the shade”. I should have bought three times the number I bought, they are so pretty and brightening up a corner that would otherwise be quite boring right now.

I’m totally bowled over by the little white Begonia (third last photo) that appeared again. I planted 6 seedlings last year and all of them succumbed to something-or-other (I suspected cut worm at the time). But this one seems to have come back or reseeded itself? I’m delighted, it was a nice surprise.

I’m loving all the foliage right now too. Everything is gorgeously lush and beautiful. And colourful. And growing. Even the Gardenias are lush and green with the most beautiful shiny dark leaves. They do this to me, the Gardenias … At the beginning of summer the Gardenias look frazzled and spare for about two months and I threaten them every year with removal. Then three months later they do this. They go green and lush and I don’t have the heart to yank them out.

So what’s going on in your garden right now?

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

17 replies on “My garden in Autumn”

Everything looks so beautiful! I decided one year to dig up my anemones since I struggled to keep them moist enough and they were always burned and dry. I few survived my spade and I’ve since rearranged my soaker hoses to water them. I have a new respect for their beauty and toughness. Now I feel guilty that I ever tried to get rid of them. I love them too much!

Your autumn is a gorgeous season! I love the anemones and would gladly welcome a field of them! Here, we are fast-forwarding through spring into summer, and if this continues we will catch up to your autumn in no time! More likely, we are in for a very long, hot summer.

Ah, how I wish Gardenias would flourish in this part of the world. The plants are looking great in your garden Christine. Our Camellia Donation is in bloom now,

You have some lovely floral displays in your garden. I’m glad to read your camellia recovered. My garden is mostly blooming with bolted vegetables at the moment, but it’s still early spring here on the coast, so I’m hopeful for more blooms to come soon.

It’s exciting when things start to bloom:) I am excited about our roses right now. All colors are popping up and adding a little color to the drap landscape. As much as people complain about the Nandina here, it’s a very reliable plant for color change during every season….and it doesn’t require a lot of watering once it’s established. Lovely shots:)

Beautiful garden blooms, Christine. It looks like Fall is a beautiful time of year the world over. It is just the blooms differ and even if different seasons. I love the delicate anemones.

I’m one of the people who thinks anemones are invasive, but I’ve got a plan to plant echinacea in with them, then they can fight it out.

Oh my – how beautiful it all looks, Chris! So delicate and full of love! 🙂
I am so impressed with the Begonias (never been a favourite, but looks like a winner to me!) The Anemones – bring them on…… imagine a meadow of all this loveliness…… hmmmm I was going through my FAVOURITE SA GARDEN Mag and saw this article of making a meadow…….!! An idea I was pondering for the back of my garden by the fruit trees.

I almost forgot it’s autumn in your garden! You have so many blooms still. Your camellia is lovely. And I hope your anemones spread everywhere you want and none where you don’t. Funny, I was thinking today that I needed to add some white to my garden! I always go for the bright colors.

Your garden chore list is probably as long as mine, but we’re entering spring instead. Not a whole lot is going on in the garden yet, but I have a few veggie sprouts. I’m actually anxious for good weather so I can do some chores outside. Last weekend was wet and soggy and I didn’t go outside much. Your white garden is lovely!

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