The Tuesday View: 19th September 2017

Yesterday was my sixth blogiversary, and I only noticed it after I had posted my vase, so I will put a note on the calendar for next year to remind me and will bake a cake to celebrate!

(Any excuse to bake a cake! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I am not sure where those six years have gone, but then I think of how long we have lived here (12 years) and wonder again at how quickly time has flown.

Today time flew as well, and it was late afternoon by the time I got to photograph my view. Autumn shades of burnt orange, copper and golden yellow are beginningย to colour the countryside here, and the garden is also looking very autumnal. The acer is gaining colour daily and every morning when I raise the blinds it makes me smile in the knowledge that it will just get better and better until mid October!

Looking down to the right, where the acer stands, the Helianthus and Sedums are a joy to see, but the rose, yellow Achillea, flowering mint and Teucrium are also providing interest in the upper part of this side of the rockery.

The early asters (Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’) are at their best now, even before the rest have begun to open. They are a very robust sort, and love this dry sunny spot in our chalky soil here.

You can see the new fresh foliage of even more Teucrium hircanicum in front of the aster… it is beginning to take over, and will be drastically reduced in winter again to keep it in check.

In the next picture, looking across from the path to the left, the grasses appear much nearer than they really are. The Perovskia is no longer so vivid, but still lovely.

If you would like to share a view of your garden as the seasons now shift, please do! And leave a link in the comments below. Thanks to those who are still joining me and posting Tuesday views! I will be winding down to a fortnightly view next month after the acer has peaked, but hope to keep it up until winter.

Happy gardening!

38 thoughts on “The Tuesday View: 19th September 2017

  1. Sharing these great photos of your lovely garden corner is a nice way to celebrate your 6 years of blogging. Happy blogiversary, Cathy! And thanks for โ€the beauty of words, flowers and home cookingโ€ that you have shared with us so far! My Tuesday view is here: the beauty of words, flowers and homecooking

  2. Congratulations on the sixth anniversary! I hope you bake a cake anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I do detect a few signs of autumn but agree that it’s so nice to look out the window and think that things will continue on for a few weeks still. I’m less thrilled with how quickly the years are adding up. It seems like time moves along quickly here as well!

    • Perhaps I will bake a cake this week after all, as rain is forecast again and I will need some indoor activitiy. I am itching to get out and tidy up the garden, but it is too slippery in the rockery for the moment!

    • I like the colours of autumn best of all as the trees start to drop their leaves, and yet everything in the garden is still lush and full of life at this time of year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Happy blogiversary, Cathy! What a terrific milestone. I love your attitude about cake-baking as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Next year….

    Your garden looks wonderful. I’m so glad you’re seeing signs of autumn. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Everything looks so happy and well placed. Will you return to England at some point, or does this feel like home for good? What an amazing journey.

    • Thanks Alys! I definitely see this as my home now and have no plans to move back to the UK. I have been in Germany for 24 years altogether, and my partner of 23 years is German, I also have dual citizenship after getting my German citizenship about 8 years ago. I had to pass a test all about German culture, the political system, history etc, and prove language knowledge. It was fun!

      • Cathy, you’re amazing! What an interesting life you’re living, fully immersed in another culture, language-capable and all. I’m so impressed. Were you fluent in German when you moved there, or did you learn as an adult? My husband is bilingual in Spanish since his parents were from Argentina. I’m so envious of his language skills. I studied German at a Berlitz language school when I was in my thirties and working for a company in Santa Clara that was later acquired by Daimler Benz, abe ich vergesse mein deutsch. Use it or lose it is so true when it comes to language.

        • Hey, du kannst deutsch! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So right, if you don’t use it, within a short time it goes. I learnt Japanese when I lived there but obviously had no opportunity to speak when I got back to Europe, so I now know practically nothing again! I actually studied German with French – my French is almost non-existent after all these years! And when I arrived in Bavaria I had to struggle with their strong dialect here, and it took a few years to adjust. Learning as a child is so much easier – did you ever consider raising the children bilingual?

          • You are a language master, Cathy. I’m so impressed. We very much wanted to raise our boys speaking English and Spanish. We even looked into a bilingual school in the early days. It’s hard when we can’t speak Spanish together at home. That would have made it easier I think. Then as it turned out that my son had developmental delays, we went a different route. At the time they had 100 people on the waiting list for the school. It’s ancient history now, but I wish we had pursued other ways to use both languages early on.

            • It is never too late to learn a language, but easier as a child. I quite understand the dilemma, as raising a child to be bilingual doesn’t just happen on its own. I have a German friend in Japan who spoke to her children in a mixture of German and Japanese when they were small – one speaks German fluently now and the other has a strong Japanese accent!

              • Isn’t that interesting? You’re right of course. I’m wondering if I’m someone that just doesn’t have a good aptitude for other languages. I worked hard at Berlitz and did the practice at home, but it never got easier.

  4. Many, many congratulations on those six years of blogging Cathy! You have definitely achieved hardy perennial status. My visits here are always pleasurable as well as informative and I hope that ‘Words and Herbs’ continues to bloom just as profusely in the future. I’m looking forward to a slice of next year’s cake ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for your lovely comment Anna! I love that description – ‘a hardy perennial’. LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll make sure the cake is big enough for everyone to get a large slice! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Cathy Happy sixth blogniversario! May another six more! Your garden is beautiful going into Autumn. They are precious Sedums, yellow Achillea, flowered Mint, Aster pyrenaeus “Lutetia”: all plants. Have a nice week. Greetings from Margarita.

  6. You have been so consistent in your blogging over the six years, and that greatly impresses me! I wouldn’t wait until next anniversary to celebrate–bake that cake! LOL! I think this is the first time I’ve noticed you mention your chalky soil. So many would-be gardeners don’t take the time to really examine and understand the conditions in their gardens. You have impressed me from the beginning of my visits that you really do know each plant, and what makes them thrive! It’s always a pleasure to enjoy each season in your garden. I hope Autumn continues to be such a pleasant time for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for your flattering comments Debra! Our soil is very noticeably chalky as we live in a valley surround by tall limestone rock. The wild flowers that grow here are typical for this soil, and just a few miles out of the valley we can tell the soil is completely different as the wild flowers by the roadsides change. ๐Ÿ™‚ We also notice a difference by looking at the houses in an area – local stone is often used as facing, or for boundaries or decorative purposes and here it is all sandy beige limestone, whereas in the Bavarian Forest they use the darker flint.
      I hope your autumn is a pleasant one too Debra!

    • ‘Glow’ is exactly the right word Cathy. We are having lots of autumn sunshine (after the morning mist clears around lunchtime!) and the garden really does glow at this time of year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Wow congratulations on six years of blogging – that is a wonderful achievement. These photos are absolutely gorgeous, I think many plants look better in the autumn than they do in the summer! Thank you for sharing โค

  8. Congratulations on the blogiversary, Cathy – yours is always such a pleasure to read and look at! The cake sounds wonderful – must we wait?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am, of course, quite late coming back to your post, but so hoping things will get back to a normal schedule here soon… hopefully even a Tuesday View tomorrow, especially as I have finally begun the replanting x) Your autumn flowers are quite lovely, and the asters must be wonderful to grow for the season! It’s so pleasant to see autumn moving in, but admittedly I don’t have to worry about winter too much here! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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