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Six things in my garden today.  If you want to join in and share 6 things from your garden then here is to how to participate https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/ It’s fun, you see interesting things in other people’s gardens and lovely 6ers chat and comment on your pics.

Fortunately I took my six pictures yesterday, as today it’s tanking down with rain and freezing cold. What a difference – you’ll see from the pics that yesterday was bright and sunny with blue skies; good old British autumn weather, all over the place!

This, as I’m sure everyone knows is bloody bindweed.  It crops up continually in my garden, creeping in from next door.  Normally I keep pretty well on top of it, but when everything gets full and blowsy in late summer sometimes I don’t notice it until it’s crept all over something.  This patch is trying to strangle a Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’ that I planted last year.  The Pyracantha is big enough to cope, but this healthy looking bindweed means that if I look at the rest of the border it will be lurking in there under and over everything. Glyphosate time.

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On a much more positive note this is a slightly blurry Pulmonaria that is getting ready for its own season.  Some of you might remember that we put in a (very) small wildlife pond last year and planted ferns and pulmonaria around it.  The pulmonaria died down over the summer but it’s making a comeback now, which is lovely to see.  Some pulmonaria are martyrs to mildew, but this is the ordinary bluey-pink flowered one and seems hard as nails.

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This is the view from my living room window.  The Photinia does a great job of screening the house behind us, and they have planted some sort of Sorbus (on the left) which is about to go flame red before it drops its leaves for the winter.  If you look closely you can see the clusters of red berries on it.  Always a bonus when you can ‘borrow’ the benefit from a neighbour’s plants.  Our yucca, as always, is enjoying the sunshine.

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I’m including this sad-looking Hebe as a cautionary tale.  It’s one of my favourite plants in the garden – evergreen, neat, compact, covered in little white blossom in the spring and early summer which the bees love, and it’s no trouble at all.  Except, that is, until it did this.  A wide strip straight through the middle of the plant that has died back.  I hope one of you might be able to tell me that this is a mysterious disease that Hebes get, but I’m rather afraid that it’s the result of  weedkiller overspray.  The Cosmos at bottom right are still doing really well, full of flower and so pretty, and right at the bottom there – more bloody bindweed.

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This little beauty is Tricyrtis formosana or the Toad lily.  This is its first flowering and I think it will be finished off by the frosts but isn’t it lovely? Supposed to be perennial (let’s wait and see) and it doesn’t mind shade and I love, love, love it! It looks so exotic, I can’t think why I never discovered it before now.

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This picture is not strictly in the garden, more of the garden.  This is green tomato chutney made with the remaining tomatoes as I pulled up the spent plants and cleared the pots out.  It is always lovely but the whole house smells of onions and hot vinegar for days.  Ban all visitors until at least a week after potting up into jars!

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Whether you’re in autumn or getting into spring – enjoy your gardens!!

The Optimistic Gardener

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