Friday, October 15, 2010

GBBD October 2010 - Michaelmas daisies to the rescue




The autumn is upon us and the skies are cloudy and mist hangs in the valley. So three cheers for the Michaelmas Daisies which are lending a splash of colour before the year ends. These old fashioned flowers are not very popular, especially the tall varieties, but I find them invaluable. Other plants are having a last shot including the Tea rose William Allen Richardson, new to me this year as well as several of the China roses including Fellemburg and Gruss am Teplitz, not to mention Jude the Obscure, the only David Austin rose that thrives here. The white Solanum and the modest Eryngium are also doing their best. I have also posted photos of the cabbage and Cavolo Nero in the veg plot as for me these are my proudest blooms of the moment. The snails have eaten all my lettuces though, so you can't win them all. But I am embarrassed to admit that the recent wet weather has also brought a magnificent crop of weeds. Oh well...
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5 comments:

Rowena said...

Your cabbage looks in much better condition than mine...cabbage worms have gotten into them! This year was the year for tomatoes and that's that. Next spring I'm not sure what I'll cultivate...it's just a shame that I don't have the right climate for avocados and papayas. Would love to pick my own!

LC said...

The creamy yellow rose is spectacular! L

noel said...

aloha,

what a very nice tour of your garden this morning, i enjoyed the beautiful flowers and your mosaic flowers are great

thanks for sharing that with us

Ingrid in Umbria said...

Cara Yvonne,

My wee garden is a fearful sight right now. Neglected, wet, weather-beaten. Thanks for sharing yours. What's the (hat)trick? Buon fine settimana e bacione from Ingrid

stoic said...

I have started a rose garden in Puglia and tried david austin roses and only two survived from seven but I think I was in too much of a hurry to get started maybe, since then I have planted about forty more roses and want a wall of roses, recently it rained for 36 hours and after that everything is fine and they have shot up, some are five feet tall that were planted in February and are full of flowers, the two original david austin roses are starting to grow but still seem a bit weedy ,I bought six queen elizabeth roses as they are supposed to be tough and they grow visibly each day and are full of blooms, the others from rose barni are also doing fine, I bought winchester cathedral in a pot from rose barni and its growing fine and flowering after two months,I think its hard for bare root to get going here,I have imported a lot of rare seeds from hot places but without much luck funnily lupins don't even grow here , I have put tons of compost on my garden and next year will be better