Making my garden sing in September

I always find that August is a bit of an off-green month for me – summer is fading and everything is feeling tired and over the long, relentless, dry days. September, on the other hand, is a delight, bringing back a burst of colour in the garden. Berries, leaves on the turn, second flushes of roses, late buddleias in bloom, delicate cosmos, and of course magnificent displays of dahlias help to give the garden one last almight HURRAH! before the frosts descend.

I should hold my hands up and admit that I used to think that dahlias were naff – frou frou pom-pom plants that looked a bit twee. But as I’ve discovered the abundance of varieties currently grown, from the jewel-bright bold to the delicately tinged petals, I’ve started to fall in love, just a little bit.

pink dahlia flower

My front garden is soon to be home to two new varieties of dahlia, alongside the main dahlia plant that’s currently blooming for Britain, and the two self-seeded plants that I’ve left to mature. I’ve forsaken the overcrowded, slightly rusty crocosmia to make space for some “new blood”. I want my tiny front garden to sing in Autumn, a welcome sight amongst the utilitarian front gardens of suburbia (though, I have to add, there are three front gardens down my little road that I covet – beautiful little cottage gardens – and I think we’re all starting to get a little competitive now. It’s a good thing…).

As I rarely buy full-price plants, always keen to rescue from the reduced/neglected/poorly department of any garden centre of nursery, it’s no surprise really that we got two more dahlias at the weekend on a BOGOF deal. These two beauties should return with vim and vigour next year, although they’ll be replacing some of the heleniums under the cherry tree, adding some much-needed colour from a different end of the spectrum to pop amongst a sea of yellow.

Large pink dahlia flower

I look forward to exploring more dahlia varieties in spring – so after our recent purchases are safely planted in situ, as it’s now bulb-buying season my attentions will soon be turning to creating a riot of spring cheer. That’s tulips, narcissi and alliums to you and me! Bring on the flower catalogues!

An opportunity presents itself

This is going to be one of those annoying, vague posts that hints at something exciting and tantalising, without revealing much. Sorry. All I will say for now is “flowers”.

An opportunity has unexpectedly fallen into my lap. Things like this don’t often happen to me, and I feel that I might be at the start of a little adventure. After a summer of heartache, grief and a bit of an ongoing struggle, this is just what I needed. A little burning, bright light at the end of a tunnel to stumble towards.

I’ll reveal more when the details become clearer; for now, everything is in preliminary stages – lots of ideas floating around that need to be put into writing. Brainstorms that need to be had, plans that need to be drawn up. Spreadsheets that need creating. Lots and lots of research. Pouring over books. Surveying.

Hard work, but heavenly. A turn in the right direction.

I’ll keep you posted.



Sweet Pea Surprise

Sweet peas in a small bottle vase

A few self-sown sweet peas made an appearance in the veg plot this year. I’m not sure what the variety is, but I let them grow in situ anyway, waiting to see what would eventually unfold from the scrambling vines. And I’ve been rewarded with a few pretty white blooms, tinged around the edges with a barely-there lilac hue.

I’ve been cutting the flowers every few days and popping them in the house, enjoying their heady-but-delicate scent.

These small surprises always bring a little extra joy 🙂