My Donegal Garden – Autumn Hues
My Donegal garden is slowing down towards it’s winter sleep, and the bright rainbow of colours in the borders has been replaced with more subtle shades.
Rosa glauca has an abundance of rosehips. However, she is in dire need of a good hard prune as does her neighbour Clematis jackmannii. Both will thank me for it.
Kaffir Lilies provide a glorious burst of burnt orange, while many of their neighbour’s blooms have long since faded.
A pot of Geraniums lifts my spirits, as does a yellow Pilgrim Rose.
Echinops ritro and Lychnis coronaria
Spiky blue Echinops ritro and cerise Lychnis coronaria are still in flower next to my pond, which has remained full after August’s heavy downpours.
Happily, I missed most of the rain, while enjoying the more sunny climes of Scotland.
Sedum “Autumn Joy”
On the other side of my wild goose sculpture Sedum “Autumn Joy” is smiling in shades of purple and pink.
A number of Fuschia grace my garden. The pale pink species is particularly prolific.
Agapanthus bought on holiday in Madeira, has a few petals remaining. One brave blue bloom survives among nine white. The neighbouring pots of blue Viola were very happy to have a blue friend!
Fox and Cubs
In the front garden, I have allowed orange Fox and Cubs to thrive. However, they sometimes get a bit over enthusiastic.
An orange berried Rowan tree watches over them from above.
Ten Years A Garden
My Donegal garden has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. You can see a before picture below:
The Makeover Continues…
Over the winter, I will be removing the wooden edging from some of my borders and replacing it with stone. I will share the before and after pictures with you next spring.
If you enjoyed this post, you might like some of my other monthly garden posts.
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.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk