The Garden in September 2017

I have been experimenting with the camera on my mobile phone, and I am delighted with the results; I can now post better quality close ups of my flowers.

The following are a few of my best blooms during September…

20170830_171426James Galway Rose

Nasturtium and Cosmos are still flowering. The Nasturtiums are creating LOTS of new seeds, and I look forward to free plants in the coming years…

Although my Day Lilies have died back for the winter, a few flowers still looked well at the beginning of the month.


Day Lily

I love these close up photographs of my blue Agapanthus:

and the white:

A few Mimulus still survive:

I bought these Gladioli bulbs on my trip to The Keukenhof Gardens in May. They were a little late in flowering but the colours are such a delight:

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Clematis Jackmanii is looking fresh, and continues to produce sensational purple blooms:

Autumn Plans in the Garden                                                                                               

There are LOTS of jobs to complete over the coming months. September/October (and April/May) are ideal times for dividing and moving perennials.  It is also perfect for saving seed, cutting back and moving shrubs, and planting bulbs for next spring.

IMG_7105I made a good start on my autumn tidy up in this spring bed. You can see it was more than a little overgrow. I removed the bindweed which had taken up residence, lifted, divided and trimmed the Pulmonaria, and gave the tree a much needed haircut.



IMG_7106A number of the Pulmonaria divisions were replanted in a shady spot in my front garden. I am very thankful to report that they are settling in well in their new home.

The spring bed looks so much happier after its makeover, don’t you think?


The view across the garden now looks like this:


The bright shots of orange – red are Schizostylis Major also known as Kaffir Lilies. They hail from South Africa, where they grow naturally in wetter areas. You can see them more clearly in the next photograph to the rear of the pond.


The Pond Area

I shall continue to prepare for winter, as the weather permits.

Happy gardening.

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.


  1. I love the nasturtiums, even a lovely addition to a roast vegetable salad in autumn. I love gardening in Autumn not to warm not too cold, just perfect! I do miss gardening, though it was more developing the garden and planting than weeding!

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  2. Having read your story (and I haven’t forgotten the review … it is firmly on my to dos list) I revel in seeing the garden even more and honestly … those pictures of flowers are divine. I think the agapanthus is my favourite but it is a favourite AMONG favourites because I genuinely love all of them 🙂

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  3. You have been busy, you put us to shame! We’ve been so busy with the inside of the house, the outdoors has had to make do with an occasional weeding session. We could do with doing tsome splitting up asap. I haven’t been happy with my phone photos. i prefer to use my camera, but yours are beautiful.

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  4. Lovely photos. I have a blue agapanthus which I really need to split as it has taken over and hidden the red hot poker and is smothering a rose bush. I’ve been meanign to do it for the last two or three years but chicken out – terrified I kill it.

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  5. Hello Daisies 😀
    Your garden is looking delightful. I am particularly drawn to both the James Galway Rose – what a little show stopper she is. And … ohhh the Gladioli are beautiful, glorious, elegant darlings! I absolutely love them. They have an appearance of being a distant relative to an Iris …. but far posher and more upper class. Like Lady Bracknell, – from the play: The Importance of being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde – but with a tad more gentleness and softness of attitude.

    Beautiful garden and no doubt a joy to behold. Thank you so much for the share of your flowers, Daisies. I’ve loved every moment and each photo.
    love ~ Cobs. x 🌷 🌹

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  6. Oooh what fabulous pictures! I love the light you get in September don’t you? Your pond area looks fabulous. I have so much to do in the garden this weekend but there is a storm coming Sunday so I may have to battle the rain. Happy gardening! Xx

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  7. Wow Brigid, how beautiful!!! The pink rose is gorgeous. You did a fantastic job of cleaning up, yes it does look fresh and renewed after its makeover. You still have so much color, I love the color of that Cosmos, and the sprays of Agapanthus. How enjoyable and relaxing it must be to sit out there….ahhh. I can only imagine all the scents you are greeted with too! Yes your phone takes great pics. Keep em coming…xo

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  8. Being something of a Luddite, I’ve previously used my phone as, well, a phone and have only recently discovered that I can use it to take pretty decent photos without all the fuss of setting up my camera. So far I think the key is getting the phone the right distance from the subject. Though as I looked through your photos, I was getting a bit jealous of your autumnal colour whilst repeating “That’s gone over here” to myself all the time.

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  9. Exquisite Brigid!! So many bright colors and shapes! We have nasturtiums here too and apapanthas (but they are all blooming in July and are long gone). I just love your garden photos… Your must really be diligent to keep in blooming like you do… How was your weekend?? hugs hugs!

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  10. Brigid, I love your garden!! 😀😀 I can sense the aura of peace and tranquility even over the internet and can see how much love, devotion and hard work you put into it. There is something so healing and soothing working with nature, focusing on each plant…The photos of your flowers are a glorious display of colours, so vibrant and full of energy. Just beautiful. Thank you for this lovely post and it’s a joy to read and absorb on this cool October afternoon. 😃❤️

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  11. These photos blow me away, Brigid – and I’m shaking my head in amazement as I read the comments. 50 tulips?! My mom planted a yard full of tulip bulbs when I was a teen, so I know how much work that was – days, for her! Unfortunately, the squirrels dug them all up and ate them. (She had it in for the squirrels ever after.)

    Even if I had a yard (and I don’t, as a renter), I don’t know when I’d find the TIME to do what you’ve done. I barely keep my house “pruned” as it is! I sure am enjoying your efforts, however. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I’ll even learn the names of a few plants and blooms Tink and I see on our walks.

    And yes, big improvement to your spring garden after all your hard work.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  12. Popping back as part of my #MyGloriousGardens round up, Brigid. Lovely, Lovely post and I’m glad you are enjoying your new camera. These photos are gorgeous. Thank you for linking up this month. I appreciate the community we are building and I hope you have found some new blogs to read too. A roundup post is in the making. xxx Sophie xxx

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  13. I’ve created some space for catching up & I’m glad I stopped by to find myself immersed in beautiful colour – we’ve just had our first quiet snowfall (luckily it fell mostly upon the mountains!) and your pictures have brightened my day!

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