I have completed my autumn garden tidy up ahead of schedule this year, and it has lifted my spirits no end; I am now sitting back and enjoying the fruits of my labour.
A Painting Project
This little corner of the garden lacks sunlight, and the brown fence added to a feeling of gloom. Out came a pot of turquoise paint, et voila!
I have delighted in al fresco lunches for the past ten days, amidst a rainbow of colours. It has done my heart no end of good.
Storm Callum downed most of the leaves on my trees, including my lovely Birch:
It has grown rather tall in the space of seven years, but it bends with the wind, and the birds love it. I have trimmed a few of its lower branches to allow light into the grasses and flowers around its base. I shall be sowing wild flower seeds around it in spring.
Yet More Bulbs!
Every year, I become enchanted with new spring bulbs despite having a profusion!
I now have several containers filled with new babies, awaiting the perfect permanent spot.
In early summer, I sowed a number of wild flower seeds, but they were slow to germinate because of the long summer drought.
These little Nigella were late developers but they are now smiling up at me. Happy Days!
Flowers in Bloom
Meanwhile, a number of other flowers are still in bloom, including Michaelmass Daisies, Calendula, perennial Geraniums and Scabious:
However, this month’s star attraction is Nerine, which was gifted to me as a family of bulbs two years past. I planted them in one of my borders but the snails ate the green foliage two years in a row. They are now rehomed in a terracotta pot, and two exquisite cerise flowers emerged this month:
Jobs for November
Continue to plant spring bulbs in pots or directly into soil until Christmas.
Last months gardening post contained some top tips.
If you have trees in your garden, you will likely have gathered quite a collection of fallen leaves over the past few weeks.
Place moistened leaves inside bin liners, pierce a few holes in the bag, and tie loosely. Leave the bags for around two years to provide a great soil conditioner.
Alternatively, add your fallen leaves to your compost bin. If you put them through your garden mower, they will chop into smaller pieces, and break down more easily.
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 a debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.