I hope you've had a merry Monday. It's been a bit damp underfoot here ... my shoes got a tad muddy out in the garden today. So it was a quick trot round, armed with camera, trug and secateurs, to see what is still flowering as we edge towards winter. More than I would expect at this time of year here in Scotland ... apart from the roses that just keep blooming, there are hollyhocks, malvas, nasturtiums and even some lingering snapdragons. I spotted a few penstemons quietly blooming in a corner of the long border where the petals on a pink aster are just about to burst open. Two new plants that have just gone in, Rudbeckia Little Gold Star and a mini purple aster - not a named variety - are putting on a good show too. Then there are the shrubs that shouldn't be flowering at all.
Having said all that, it's time to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her meme, In a Vase on Monday, so here's today's vase.
Today, I set myself the task of checking just what jobs are still needing to be done before the first frosts arrive ... and it seems there's rather too many. I don't know when I'm going to get it all done, especially as there is even less time to do it in ... shorter days and fewer hours of daylight to work in.
However, there is one job we have managed to get done recently that I thought I'd share with you now. The scruffy grass areas in the back garden have been a source of concern almost from the day we moved in eleven months ago but it wasn't until the end of September that we were able to do anything about it. With the help of our two youngest grandchildren we transformed that ...
It doesn't look much right now but wildflower seeds, a mix of annual and perennial, have been sown in there so by next summer it should be a blaze of colour ... well, that's the plan anyway!
I'll leave you with this shot taken from above. You can see my husband's mancave (the new shed) and my smaller sheds alongside on the gravel area, the rose bed, the long border, the other scruffy grassed area ... can't call it a lawn ... the scree garden with the bird bath at it's centre, and the woodland area beyond. Just peaking out at the side of the shed is the herb bed.