The Tuesday View: 26th September 2017

Autumn is my favourite time of year, and this September we are getting plenty of mild sunny days where the garden can be appreciated to the full. I have been focusing on this one view in my garden this year, and I am still noticing things I hadn’t seen before. It has been a wonderful exercise and will be a useful record for future reference.

The Acer is beginning to look really good, framing my Tuesday View on two sides: looking down, slightly to the left…

And looking across from the pathway that goes down behind the Acer…

Looking down to the right the Acer can be seen in the full, with the wonderful Helianthus still flowering like mad…

Aster ‘Lutetia’ is dead centre. Here it is a bit closer up with Hypericum behind it…

Looking back up from the lawn below you can see the Golden Rod on the left, now almost over…

These sedums have been smothered in butterflies when the sun has shone…

And the tall pink Aster ‘Alma Poetschke’ at the bottom of the rockery is just starting to open – nice and early this year…

I managed to catch some of the evening light in the Acer yesterday evening…

I can’t believe it will be October when I post my next view! What is looking good in your garden this September?

Have a good week, and Happy Gardening!

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! 😉 )

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 beginning 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!

The Tuesday View: 12th September 2017

The sun came out this afternon after a damp morning, so I was glad I had waited in hope and could take some photos of the Tuesday view in bright sunshine with raindrops glistening everywhere.

The shot above was actually taken whilst balancing on the rock I place my birdbath on, with the pink rose at my feet producing more buds again. If I zoom in we can see the Aster more clearly with the Hypericum and Helianthus behind it.

The next photo is a few steps further to the right, looking down towards the giant Miscanthus at the bottom of the rockery…

Now I have taken a few steps back and am looking towards the pathway that goes down the side of the garden. You can see what a tangle the lovely Clematis tangutica becomes on this large-but-not-large-enough obelisk. I can also detect noticeable brownish-orange tinges to the Acer.

And as we walk down the path and look left, between the Clematis and the Acer we can see my beloved dwarf Miscanthus ‘Adagio’ in front of the giant Miscanthus. Teucrium, Sedum, Perovskia and yellow Potentilla complete the picture.

I wonder what pleasures your garden is bringing as the seasons change. If you would like to join me in posting a view of one part of your garden each week, just leave a link below in the comments so that we can find you.

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Have a lovely week!

 

The Tuesday View: 5th September 2017

Thanks to those who posted a Tuesday View last week in my absence. I spent a few days in the UK and enjoyed some fabulous weather over the bank holiday weekend in my Mum’s pretty garden. 🙂

After just a short time away from my own garden I can now see some real change. The view is somewhat disshevelled after some more really hot days took their toll, some real downpours flattened the Perovskia (again!) and now cooler nights are leading to foliage colour fading to yellow. Leaves are beginning to litter the beds and lawn. Yes, autumn is on its way.

What has struck me most this week though is the change in light. On a bright sunny Monday afternoon bursts of sunshine were interrupted with a few moody clouds… Here are a few photos in a slide show, so you can see what I mean.

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Have you noticed the changing season yet? Do share a view if you can, and visit those who are linking in below!

Next week I should have got round to tidying up a bit and hope to show a few close-ups. 😉

Have a wonderful week!

The Tuesday View: 22nd August 2017

As I took my weekly photo of this particular area of my garden on Monday afternoon, there was a distinct coolness in the air. The sun was much lower in the sky with long shadows from our trees, and the chairs and table down in the garden were in deep shade. I realised that summer really is drawing to an end.

This is a lovely time of year, when the heat is fading and the garden is still thriving, with lots of insects lazily buzzing around…

There is a lot of green, but colour too: the pink rose at the top of this slope is flowering again, and the yellow Achillea and pale pink Potentilla are still flowering…

Looking up the slope, we can see the Hypericum, a few Asters, some remnants of the pink Lychnis and some of the amazing Teucrium (it just goes on and on!) under the Acer tree…

And do you see the tinges of colour on the Sedums?

Right at the bottom of the slope, below the Perovskia, the black plant support contains my tall pink Aster Alma Poetschke. I experimented with the Chelsea chop this year, cutting back this clump at the end of May by about a third, perhaps almost a half. But then I panicked and stopped halfway!

The clump is far too big for this support now anyway, so we will see if the shorter stems flop when they flower. If not, I might remove the support altogether and prune them at the same time next spring again.

Observing this view intensely this year I have often been pleasantly surprised at how well it has done, but I have also noticed where there is room for improvement, i.e. a spot or two which need a new focal point. I hope it has helped those who have joined me too! If you would like to share your Tuesday View, just leave a link below so we can find you.

Before I go, here is last year’s Tuesday View, also photographed yesterday afternoon, with the Perovskia and red rose flowering well and a new white Sanguisorba (Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba ‘Albiflora’) in front of the rose and lavender bush. It has become a favourite!

Have a lovely gardening week!

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P.S. I will not be here to post my usual view next week, so see you in a fortnight.

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The Tuesday View: 15th August 2017

It is a beautiful sunny morning and a bank holiday here in Bavaria (Assumption Day). That means it will be a quiet morning until the annual village festival gets going, with loud music! Sadly this event also involves a programme of meat and alcohol, barbecues, pig roasts etc, which are not our cup of tea, so we will be taking a little trip elswhere later. 🙂

In the meantime, as I focus once again on my Tuesday View, I notice the Acer looking tired and the Golden Rod in full bloom.

But from a different angle it still looks summery, and very green for August…

A swing to the left shows the top of the rockery, with several roses flowering…

The Miscanthus is not ready to flower yet, but a few Asters (Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’) are starting to open…

And the sedum buds are getting bigger and bigger!

Feel free to join me with  a Tuesday view, and leave a link in the comments so we can find you.

Have a good week!

 

The Tuesday View: 8th August 2017

Here is my view this Tuesday, as I focus on one area of my garden through the seasons.

Freshly mown grass always makes the garden look tidier, don’t you agree?!

And cooler temperatures also meant I could cut down (or pull out) a lot more of the Lysimachia  that has now gone brown and is starting to flop. It was on the right of the picture below…  If cut back in time it sends up new shoots which serve as perfect ground cover until the winter.

With some Alchemilla also cut back the view at ground level has opened up and the Heuchera leaves are looking wonderful in front of the purple Teucrium that just goes on and on flowering. 🙂

Now that the heat and humidity is subsiding, there is a distinct ‘late summer’ feeling to the garden, and nothing says it better than the sight of Golden Rod just coming into flower at the bottom right of the view (behind the Acer). Yes, the summer is drawing to an end and I am relieved that the temperatures are set to drop a few degrees over the next few days. Time for a breather! 🙂

I wonder if you are seeing signs of late summer yet in your gardens?

I welcome any other ‘Tuesday Views’ to link in to this post in the comments below.

Have a great week!