End of Month View – September 2013

I am almost too embarrassed to even write an End of Month View this time.  Why?  Well, I have been through a garden weary stage, knitting seemed more appealing.   Also I have had a couple of long weekends away back to back and the weather has had its moments!   Having read these feeble excuses for not tending to my garden lately, you either understand why the garden is looking dishevelled or are thinking well what does she expect?

So biting the bullet, let me share with you the disaster that is my garden at the end of September.

Firstly, the roses have turned that horrid, manky brown, and the leaves have been eaten down to the bare skeleton.

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The flowerbeds are looking very unkept and here, again, is another rose bush loudly shouting “We need dead heading!”

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Although a lot of the Cosmos are still in flower, some of them have died.   Seems a little odd as to why this has happened, but there you go, such are the vagaries of plants.

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And the Dahlia has toppled over with the weight of the flowerheads.  If I had been more on the ball, I would/should have ensured they were staked up properly.   You will note on this photo that the grass also needs mowing.

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Having painted a grim picture, there are a few things that are looking good.  The raspberries, for instance, are in abundance now and weighing heavily on the branches.  I think a spot of jam making is calling – yet another thing to do keeping me away from the garden.

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I did have a tidy up of the front garden this morning.  The Pyracantha, which grows along the wall between me and my neighbour is covered in berries.  I have always wondered how it obtains its goodness, it just comes out of the cracks in the wall.  I suppose it should be pruned at some stage but I will have to look up how and when is the best time.

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As always at this time of year the Hydrangea is turning a fabulous antique pinky and green colour, just right for flower arranging.

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I said at the end of the August EOMV that I would probably struggle to find anything for September and that was certainly true.   Next month may be even more difficult – we shall see.

Thank you Helen at Patient Gardener for hosting this monthly meme.  Please take time to visit her blog and read the other EOMV contributions which do come from all parts of the worlds.

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