10 Jobs for the Autumn Garden

The weather went from 26 degrees yesterday here in Wiltshire to a chilly 14 degrees today with lots of rain! It feels Autumnal already so I thought I would share with you some of the jobs that I plan to do in the next few months in the garden.

Here are my top 10 jobs for this busy season.

  1. Collect seeds. Collecting seeds to grow more lovely plants is a great way to save money and still have wonderfully full borders! My favourite seeds that need to be put away and sown in the Spring are; Cosmos, Sweet peas, Sunflowers, Marigolds, Zinnias and Poppies. My favourite seeds that can be sewn straight away as they need the cold weather to activate them are; Foxgloves, Yarrow, and Astrantia.
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Collect seeds in Autumn

 

2. Keep harvesting vegetables and sew some green winter manure plants now. Harvest fruits. Make apple juice from your apples or slice Bramley apples and freeze in bags to be used to make lovely apple crumble or apple pie.

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Harvest apples.

 

3. Rake and feed your lawn. Repair holes with grass seed.

4. Plant Spring bulbs. My favourites that I will planting this Autumn are snow drops, Fritillaria, daffodils and English bluebells.

5. Sort out your pond. Clean out any leaves and put up some netting to collect falling leaves. Amphibians such as frogs and newts will have left the pond to hibernate so this is a good time to do these jobs.

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6. Divide perennials and move any plants at this time. I don’t tend to tidy perennials now as I like to leave them for wildlife to feed on.

7. Make new compost bins for leaf litter. This makes a lovely compost.

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Leaves make lovely leaf mould that can be used on your plants in the Spring.

8. Clean out water butts and plan any hard landscaping ideas for the winter when plants are dormant.

9. Rake up leaves once a week so that the job doesn’t become too big.

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Rake leaves regularly to stop this job getting too huge!

10. Clear out summer bedding, add bone meal and feed to the soil giving it a good digging over before adding Winter bedding plants.

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The Old House Garden Round up: Blight, Mildew, Apples and Enormous Dragonflies!

The round-up this week is tinged with sadness as some of my vegetables are just not doing very well! My outdoor tomatoes had blight so I had to take them all out and burn them. In the same vegetable bed I have pumpkins and they have mildew! I have cut off all the affected leaves but I think it has already spread to the other bed. I think I’m going to hope that I can manage it until the pumpkins are ready to harvest. If any one has any suggestions though? I will burn all the leaves and give the bed a good turning over in the Autumn. I expect I will take out most of the soil in this bed and replace it. Luckily, my large compost bin is full and the compost is ready to put onto the garden. I think both the mildew and blight are due to all the rain yet humid conditions we had in July.

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Mildew on the pumpkin leaves that I have removed and burnt.
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It has just spread to the other bed -you can just see the splodges of mildew on the leaves.
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If the pumpkins can hang on I think they should be ok!
The tomatoes in the Greenhouse have been producing fruit though and the beans have been great. The salad leaves, rhubarb and beetroot all seem fine too and we have some plums, pears and crab apples appearing now on the new fruit trees.

The old apple tree is groaning with Bramley apples! They keep falling down though and giving me a shock; especially when the squirrels are chasing each other through the trees! One apple hit me directly on the head the other day and it hurt! Some of the apples are huge!

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Bramley apples on the old apple tree
We had to employ a dry stone waller to repair the wall that fell down. Dottie kept trying to escape so it was a job that needed doing and this was one that we couldn’t do for ourselves. This is the third section of wall that has needed repairing so we are keeping our fingers crossed that this is the last, at least for a number of years anyway!

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The dry stone wall has been repaired.
We have enjoyed some calm and sunny weather here in Wiltshire for the past 2 weeks so I have seen lots of insects enjoying the garden. The most spectacular are these huge dragonflies and damselflies that can be all sorts of stunning colours. This one today was a beautiful red and was massive! I believe you tell the difference by looking at their wings; if they are closed at rest they are damselflies and if they are open at rest, they are dragonflies.

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Photographing these are very tricky as they don’t settle for long!
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One of the beautiful dragonflies here in the Old House Garden.
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I have been enjoying the sunshine this weekend and reading in this spot!
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Dottie enjoying the Japanese Anemones.
 

 

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The meadow keeps the insects happy!
We have been busy in the Middle part of the garden. We started this section and I blogged about it

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I will be blogging about these changes soon but I will leave you with this teaser….here is Dottie on the soil that we have removed from this part of the garden! It’s taking a while because we are doing it all and it’s very hard work…..I will reveal all soon, I promise!

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Dottie trying to admire the view over the back fence!
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The Old House garden round-up: Flopsy Flowers and caterpillars!

So far, August has been very wet and cold in Wiltshire. Today was the first day for a while that we could enjoy the garden as it was lovely and sunny. I decided to quickly take some photographs of the garden so that it looked gorgeous in the sun however this was what we have enjoyed since Saturday!

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Rain, rain and more rain!
Of Course, this really took it’s toll on the garden; especially the flowers. It also made everything grow like crazy!

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The tower of beans fell down in the wind but there is still lots of beans to harvest!
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The pumpkins are developing well.
My pumpkins, although developing large fruits, have also got mildew on their leaves and I’m worried that it will spread so I have removed the infected leaves and have my fingers crossed! It’s due to all the rain and humid conditions. The tomatoes, beetroot and peppers all seem to be happy as they are now producing fruits.

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Cabbage White caterpillars
Now vegetable lovers will shake their heads at me but I actually planted these cauliflowers hoping to attract butterflies! I’m not too keen on cauliflower but I do love butterflies so am pleased that the cabbage white has laid her eggs on them! There are also some on my nasturtiums too but they have self seeded from last year and again, I planted them for caterpillar food!

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Caterpillars on the nasturtiums
This seems to be a theme in the old house garden as we also have sawfly larvae on a small patch of roses….

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Sawfly larvae on my roses
Although incredibly annoying, sawfly larvae are great food for ladybirds and I have seen many ladybird larvae eating the sawfly larvae so they can stay. I garden organically so I could take these little pest off by hand but I’m hoping the damage will be limited by encouraging natural predators.

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The Rhubarb is now monstrous!
The rhubarb we planted last Spring is now enormous so we are hoping to harvest from it next year.

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The apple tree is groaning with apples this year.
Now for the rest of the garden…

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The meadow continues to be in full flower.
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Zinnia
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I love these Love-in-a-mist (Nigella) flowers. I found them as seed pods by the side of the road and planted them as seed straight into this area.
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Tiger enjoying the garden. The grass has grown really long in places and is full of tiny frogs!
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The cottage border is still in full bloom but the flowers are all flopsy from all the rain!
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The Japanese Anemone are coming into full bloom. I love these as they are so pretty!
I replanted this plant stand last week, adding Dahlia and Hydrangea. I think it looks stunning and I’m really pleased with it.

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My plant stand by the back door.
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Dahlias
Lastly, here is a photo of my dear little Dottie dog taken with my new camera. I’m really pleased with it. Happy August everyone……in the next round-up there will be some changes to the Old House Garden. x

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The Old House Garden Round up: 27th June 2017. It’s all about colour!

It’s been a few weeks since I posted about The Old House Garden. It goes so quickly! There have been lots of subtle changes in regards to growth of the plants we have and some larger changes too! We have enjoyed boiling hot and dry weather here in Wiltshire with rain coming in tomorrow. I have been using the water in the Water Butt to keep the garden looking gorgeous but we are in need of the rain that is forecast as the soil is so dry.

The Cottage border has changed quite a bit in 2 weeks with the lupins dying back and other plants taking over.

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The Cottage border
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The Cosmos are flowering madly in this warm weather.

Some of the plants that I planted last year (and forgot about!) are flowering now and look stunning together.

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Salvia, Phlox, Cosmos, Astrantia, Astilbe in pinks and purples.
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Phlox
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Astilbe
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Salvia
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Lillies
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Red Achillea
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Pale Achillea loved by insects
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This beautiful rose popped up in the back of the border too!

The roses around the archway are flowering now.

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I can’t wait to see this all overflowing with roses in a few years time! This is after 14 months.

The roses around the arch are Felicite Perpetue and Albertine. I also have Compassion and Blush Noisette planted behind, against the trellis.

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Blush Noisette

I read in John’s blog here

about a rose called Blue Moon which  I am very interested in getting next year. There are so many lovely roses though aren’t there?

The vegetables have been much happier in all this sunshine!

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The beans have gone bonkers!
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The pumpkin seems happy.
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Finally, some growth from the cucumbers!

We extended this border and added some new trellis behind it. I used to call this the Blue border until pink foxgloves appeared! I’m happy to let things self seed though.

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The “not only blue” border

This also happened this week…

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The dry stone wall fell down.

We had a lovely Empress Tree here but it needed to come out because it was rotten and in danger of coming down. In taking it out, it disturbed the Ivy which was growing in the wall and a hole appeared. We decided to take out the ivy so that we could repair this section.

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The pond has lots of holes in the liner.

The pond was looking very low, even in this weather and we have discovered there are lots of holes in the liner! It’s obviously degrading and older than we had first thought. I’m quite upset as I had worked hard on this area but it looks as if we need to relay the liner! We shall wait until the Autumn to allow the amphibians that live here to come out of the pond but it’s very sad. We have decided to dig a new pond slightly further to the right to move it out from under so many trees. It’s going to be quite a job as we want to save as many of the plants and wildlife as possible.

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I scattered meadow seeds here in April and you can see all the growth!

I am hoping to attract more bees and butterflies with these meadow type flowers. We shall see.

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Is this a Harebell?
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Beautiful colours
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Lots of wildflowers have appeared.

Each night, I go and have a stroll in my garden and think how lucky I am to live here! In the warm weather at dusk, I have seen so much wildlife. Bats swoop down around the pond eating various insects, there are tiny frogs in the borders, I found a slow-worm living in my compost bin and this little newt was amongst my vegetables. I love it!

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A newt

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We have been planting out the vegetables this weekend. In our vegetable beds we have peas, beans, cucumbers, rhubarb and peppers. I also hope to plant out a pumpkin. In the greenhouse we have tomatoes.

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The vegetable beds
The pond area is also looking lovely as the foxgloves are beginning to flower.

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Pink Foxglove
Finally, I took some photographs over the weekend which have come out really well. The first is a Clematis taken at night. It was illuminated by the lights and looked so pretty.

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Clematis lit at night


The other picture I love is my Meconopsis which is flowering in the old house garden! I am so thrilled as these are quite tricky to grow. There is only one at the moment but another is coming through! These small things make me happy!

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Meconopsis


I hope you all had a great weekend.

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Garden Round Up May 1st.


A few photos of the garden to share with you. The garden has changed so much during this past month. This is the second year that we have lived at the old house so it’s easy to forget what it looked like then! Do have a look at older posts to see more pictures.

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Bark Mulch

I have finally begun to weed the older beds and mulched with bark. It’s a long process and I don’t want to be too tidy but this looks much better. I can also see when Hubbard the Hedgehog has visited as he likes to dig in the mulch!

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My ericaceous bed with Acer’s.

The acid soil raised bed is planted up. We had lots of inspiration from visits to Exbury and Bowood. We now have Acer’s which I’m so pleased with!

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The established bed with yellow Tree Peony
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Yellow Peony with a visiting bee

The Tree Peony flowered which was beautiful. The bees loved it!

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New fence for roses.

We put up the fence on the other side of the garden and I have planted 3 rambling roses in white and pink here which will look glorious once established.

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Red currants
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Rhubarb is growing happily

We planted a new red currant bush along the dog proof fence and the rhubarb that we planted last year is growing happily.

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Support for my cucumbers

Hubbie made a cucumber support so that we can still grow things underneath it. I planted those out today as I think the frosts are now passed. In the greenhouse we also have peas, tomatoes and peppers growing happily.

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Giant Allium

The alliums I planted as bulbs in October are beginning to appear. I had forgotten I had planted these so it’s so great to see them!

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Clematis Montana

I have many Clematis in the garden but the Montana is looking splendid. I only planted this last Spring so it is flowering beautifully!

Let’s see what May will bring….

 

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