I am absolutely loving some of the berries that have started appearing. These guelder rose berries look even better in person.
The honeysuckle has now stopped flowering and has berries.
The brambles (evil, mutant plants that are determined to make my garden into the one out of Sleeping Beauty during the hundred years’ curse) have also started producing blackberries. I did try one and it was a little too tart – but in a week they should be amazing.
One plant that hasn’t produced many berries is this is the blackcurrent. I think it is too overshadowed by the guelder rose – I’ll chop that back once we get into Autumn.
I don’t write about the lower garden but it is looking rather nice. In particular, the acers have lots of leaves this year – far more than last year.
The purple acer is the largest, while the dissectum ( the one at the front) is quite small. The dissectum is meant to eventually grow to 2m tall but I don’t think that will happen for quite a few years (perhaps 50?). Acers are quite slow growing.
I have a couple of other things in there as well. The violets that I had thought would be dead for sure are still going and, surprisingly, haven’t been eaten by slugs.
The dutch honeysuckle, which I could have sworn was dead, is now looking terrific. Not in flower but it isn’t meant to flower until quite late in the summer. There’s a really horrible grass growing right in front of it but I haven’t quite got the will to do anything about it just yet. It’s growing right next to a pipe so digging it out will be tricky. Plus my husband says that he doesn’t mind it (it’s only me who hates grass).
So I went ahead and cut back my honeysuckles, clematis and jasmine. This is a bit hair-raising; my natural instinct is to cut everything back as hard as I can in the hope that it all springs back to life and remains ever youthful. However, this does not always work. When I was eight I did exactly this to my Mum’s clematis and it died. She still mentions it and it was THIRTY YEARS AGO.
I also fed the climbers with some clematis food (this is meant to be once a week but it’s so damn wet here, I really don’t think they need any more moisture). My jasmine is not doing all that well – I think it is in too shady a spot. I had imagined it would cover the wall with fantastic white flowers, feeding bees and generally being beautiful. Unfortunately, I think this is the sort of thing that only happens in west London.
Having a look at Kal’s blog has rather inspired me to take a look at some pictures of my plants from the summer. It feels strange, in a way, because in December it is difficult to imagine that the garden will ever look that way again.
I planted this honeysuckle next to a clematis – the idea is that the two will mesh in together to cover this rather ugly fence. Honeysuckle is a good, reliable plant – bees love it and mine still has berries even now. I must feed it – I haven’t done so for ages.
I found it really difficult to take nice pictures of my wildflower patch. By it’s nature, it’s a messy spot and in pictures I never think it looks as beautiful as it does in person. In this picture, you can see the white foxgloves and red poppies (which I LOVE). I hope that next year it looks even better.