It has been quite unpleasant weather for the last couple of days and I have been fighting a cold. I’m not up to the heavy work required of me still, but I have been walking about a bit, warm tea in hand, studying what is most urgent. Caging certain plants from rodents is a priority here and it always seems to be done at the last minute, in the bitterest, gloomiest weather. Already they speak of “wet flurries”. Sigh… We also need to deal with mounding the roses, but that usually must wait until after the mice and voles have already made their nests elsewhere. There is nothing I can do about the skunk damage it seems.
In the meantime, a few plants always surprise me. One of these is the single stray clematis that always appears, trying for the last word! It seems to be a different variety each year.
The Ballerina rose seems to have intensified its colour recently. I hope it returns next spring. It is supposed to be very hardy.
There is also a bit of pink showing on the Fothergilla that wasn’t there earlier. This plant is a delight. I expected brighter Autumn hues, but am very happy with what I see.
On the melancholy side, the colour of the balloon flowers is now strictly autumnal gold. I’m always debating about cutting it back but end up deciding to wait and enjoy it. Never have I grown this plant as well as this year. Maybe it enjoyed the drought?
These fabulous artichokes that I grew from seed were a fun experiment! There is no way they will overwinter, even indoors, so I must dig them up soon. Breaks my heart. They’ve been exquisite, even though only 1 fruit was produced from the 11 plants! Oh the foliage!!!