My son went back to school last week – my daughter goes back to preschool tomorrow. It’s sunny but still chilly enough for me to be wearing a cardigan. It’s Autumn! My favourite month. I love September.
My garden has been bumbling along, same as usual. My husband has bought a chainsaw and has done a deliciously brutal hack of a load of shrubs in the bed outside the library. I hope that this means that the hydrangeas end up being a bit happier – I think the spot has been too shady for the oak-leaved hydrangeas (the American ones, with flowers shaded a bit like the buddleia).
The flowers were finished much earlier than usual – I think this is because we had such a hot, dry April. We gave the wildflower patch a brutal hack well before the end of August.
The plants left are the foxgloves that I grew from seed. It should do the jasmine some good to have nothing in its way before the sun disappears.
Over the summer, we also got a couple of conifers taken out at the front. They had terrible wind burn (that spot gets a lot of wind and sea spray). In their place, we have put an arch and planted a couple of roses. I can’t find a picture so will put one up a bit later. The roses we planted are Malvern Hills by David Austin. There were only a few climbers / ramblers that were okay for a coastal spot and the yellow roses should look pretty in that spot.