Greenfingers - October 2019

A flight of swallows was spotted on the telegraph wires down Well Hill earlier in September, preparing for their long journey south.

The ‘hot bed’ inspired by the one at RHS Rosemoor and established in the front garden a few years ago has done well this summer, with a range of dark leaved plants setting off the deep reds of dahlias, cannas and crocosmia Lucifer. Several varieties of day lilies together with persicaria, rudbeckia, burnet (sanguisorba), yellow bishop dahlias and a few grasses plus some ground cover make for a full bed with plenty of texture and interest. Lobelia was included in the original layout, but it hasn’t survived the sharp drainage and slugs. I’ll lift the dahlias and cannas before the first frosts and overwinter them in the garage in the tomato pots using the old compost that the toma- toes were grown in. The crocosmia will be thinned along with several herba- ceous perennials from the other beds which will be split.

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Squashes and courgettes have done well this year, but the beans and mange tout peas have been poor. The courgette leaves are grey with mildew so the plants will be pulled up soon, as well as the sweet peas, which continue to provide wonderful scent in the garden, helping to overcome that from the ripe crab apples.

The citrus plants have also done well this year, with plenty of fruit to harvest, but these, along with any other tender plants will soon be transferred into the greenhouse to overwinter.

The banks of cyclamen along the Bell Lane wall in the church yard are providing a delightful display at present, (mid-September) and are well worth the short walk to appreciate them. Those in the garden seem to be a little later flowering, but are beginning to pop up.

A late evening conjunction between a 5 day old moon and Jupiter takes place on 3rd October. The Draconid meteor shower peaks on 9th, the Aurigids on 11th, the Geminids on 18th and the Orionids around 21st, so every chance to make a wish.
Pete Smith