Here’s a copy of my gardening column from the November issue of Eastlife Magazine, which is a fabulous magazine all about ‘Living life in the East’.  The full version of the magazine can be viewed online at www.eastlife.couk

IMG_7817As the weeks seem to skip past I am amazed to find myself writing the November column.  Yet another year has whizzed by and as the secret garden slows for winter, it is a great time to take stock of what we have achieved and the projects that lie ahead.

With the exception of removing two flower beds and the path, this year has been more about consolidating and enhancing what we have.  Adding two pallets of manure to the remaining flower beds and rose garden has given me a welcome temporary break from weeding.  It has also freed up my time to tie in and tidy the climbing roses and give each shrub and perennial a good inspection.  Having rehomed over 50 plants before turning the two borders over to lawn was rather unforgiving in the heat of August, and I am somewhat amazed that our only casualty was a Pestemon ‘Garnet’, usually one of the more sturdy perennials.

Our new glade of Betula utilis jaquemontii have settled in nicely and the grass seed, which sprouted within a week, now offers a vibrant green avenue where once was Percy’s path.

As I mentioned last month, our final ‘big’ job of the season was to plant a few bulbs.  Four hundred to be precise.  My husband has just about forgiven me for what must be one of the most hateful tasks if for even one second you lose sight of the rewards come spring.  Even worse, the ‘heavy duty’ bulb planter I treated him to broke a mere twenty minutes into the task!  We persevered and within just a few months each Betula utilis jaquemontii will have a ring of Galanthus nivalis followed by Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ whilst the stream bank will glow with a variety of daffodils including the naturalizing Narcissus pseudonarcissus.

Sadly another year has swept by without us creating some sort of permanent composting area.  Given the amount of leaves that are now gently falling to the ground this is a great shame, but the great thing about gardening is the whole process will be repeated again next year.

The latest copy of EastLife magazine can be viewed online at www.eastlife.co.uk

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