The Garden in October 2017
October brought two major storms – Ophelia and Brian. Thankfully, my garden remained pretty much intact. This Sunflower and her cousins lit up a corner with their sunny smiles.
A few hardy Japanese Anemones survived in the front garden. They have now gone to floral Heaven…
I love Fuschia; I have four different varieties. This pretty pink specimen is still blooming away.
Michaelmas Daisies brightened up a corner under a tree. They are wilting now, but I do love their gentle grace.
Photinia “Red Robin” proudly shares his autumn hues, with ground cover from Sedum “Autumn Joy” and some contrasting grasses. I think they look well together. Don’t you?
Grasses are a great asset in the garden. They provide year round interest, and highlight the beauty of their companions.
In the front garden this Pheasant Berry – Leycesteria formosa, is still looking great. Although it is native to Asia, it seems very happy here in Donegal.
I love my Rowan tree. It has yellow berries and beautiful foliage, which guard my front garden. Rowan is one of the trees associated with my saint – Saint Brigid. It is believed to protect against evil spirits.
It is now early November, and the Rowan has lost all its leaves, but it is providing welcome food for a variety of birds. I have spotted robins, thrush and blackbirds munching on its fruit. Such a joy.
The front garden is having a makeover at the moment. I have shrubs awaiting new homes, bulbs to add, and grasses to divide…
I hope to have the transformation completed for Christmas.
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.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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