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Sunday 11 November 2007

L'Automne est arrivé

Now that we've had some frost, the colours in the garden this month have been fabulous with all the rich hues of orange, red, brown and yellow accentuated with the golden rays of the setting autumn sun. Despite the cold snap earlier this month though, the weather seems unseasonally mild, but I'd better not talk too quickly!

If you're garden is lacking in colour at this time of year, there are many plants to choose from to brighten things up - one of my favorites is Cotinus "Grace" or Smoke Bush which goes a fantastic shade of deep red at this time of year.

Another great plant that has done really well this year have been the Asters - there are many varieties and a good diversity of colours too ranging from deep crimson to purples to pale pink and even white - they come in a variety of heights too so there is usually something there for most gardens.

It's a good idea to keep trimming your grass at this time of year if only to keep the leaves from settling preventing the grass from growing properly. It's best to raise the height of cutting slightly to avoid the grass from being damaged by frost.
Who said that this time of year is a quiet time for gardeners? Everywhere you turn there's things to do! With the dry weather we've been having this past week I took advantage of this and cut down a lot of the dry dead stems of some of my perennials and find that as I have two large patches full of flowers that taking a hedge trimmer to the base of the stems, it's a much easier way to cut them down than with secateurs. It's also a good way to cope with brambles too - so if you've any hints or tips that you find useful - do feel free to share them on here...........Bon courage!


Marguerite said...

Bonjour, Miranda Bell
Merci d'être passée dans mon jardin. C'est une passion agréable à partager.
Nous habitons près d'un bois et j'y suis allée cette après midi. Les feuilles sont toutes brunes à présent. Je les avais photographiées pour mon blog "Cergipontin", il n'y a pas longtemps et elles étaient jaunes, brunes, vertes! Cela change vite à présent
Mon cotinus n'est plus beau du tout. Et pourtant il a été magnifique...

Miranda Bell said...

C'est vrai - les coleurs d'automne sont parti tres vite comme vous avez dites!

Il y a quand meme un beaute en hiver aussi...

J'espere q'on aura du neige cette annee! C'est toujours beau!

Bon courage Miranda