Our Tiny Garden: September 2020

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September delivered the last hurrah of summer with some lovely warm weather and dwindling opportunities to dry washing outside, as it gave way to more Autumnal temperatures. Many of the flowers that had carried us through the summer months were starting to fade but I added a few late additions to extend the season.

Washing Line

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Garden from above

With summer having provided regular rain, even in September the garden has plenty of green.

Garden from back door

In the Pink

In order to extend the flowering season I picked up a lovely pink Hylotelephium (formerly the rather easier to spell Sedum) called ‘Abbeydore’ from my local garden centre. It has clusters of beautiful star-shaped flowers which seem to be as attractive to insects as they are to me. It is a compact variety and I planted it in a pot next to the back door, though it may make its may into a border for next summer. Meanwhile the highly prolific Cosmos that I’d added previously continue to deliver a succession of shiny flower buds and wafting pink flowers.

Vibrant Viola

The ubiquitous Viola that are available in every supermarket, homeware store and greengrocer may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but these orange and purple plants in my palette planter have brought a lot of joy at the end of summer and into early Autumn.

Yellow Fades

Meanwhile the long-lasting heads of yellow Achillea ‘Cloth of Gold’ finally start to fade and the remaining French Marigolds that have been going throughout summer linger as the Autumn rain arrives.

Other late blooms

The sparse but beautiful flower heads on the Hydrangea ‘Magical Flame’ turned from white to pink in September – lovely but I wish there were more of them. I added a few pink and white Cyclamen for Autumn colour while the spikes of blue and white Salvia I included in late summer also kept things interesting.

Tomatoes turning (finally)

I planted three types of tomatoes in 2020 and they all remained resolutely green until finally starting to ripen as the summer began to fade. We have a south facing garden and I grow the tomatoes against the walls of the house so I always assume there will be enough heat even though they are outdoors. I forget though that there is also a lot of shade cast from the tree we have which means they don’t get the sun until mid-afternoon. I may try some at the allotment next year to see if they fair better there.

Arachnids

Autumn brings all the spiders out and we had lots creating their intricate webs in the garden like the orb weaving garden spider below. I know that a lot of people don’t like spiders but I find them quite fascinating and enjoyed getting in close with my macro lens.

Garden Spider

Little Fluffy Clouds

Having a small child in the house often means an early start, particularly with the warm and light mornings of summer. As the days begin to grow a little shorter this at least means having the chance to enjoy some gorgeous dawn skies. This one was actually taken from our bedroom window at the front of the house, so not strictly a garden image – marvellous nonetheless.

Morning Sky

To see what was happening in the garden in August, click here


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Our Tiny Garden: June 2020

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After the wall-to-wall sunshine of April and May, June marked a significant change in the weather with some torrential downpours. I don’t know whether it was the rain, or the cumulative effects of 3 months of lockdown, but June also seems to be the point at which I lost my mojo a bit. I took very few photos of the garden and, to be honest, those that I did aren’t of the highest quality. Still, I’ve managed to cobble together a few which tell the story of June, though to make it to 20 I’ve had to cheat and use some from the allotment as well as the garden.

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Our Tiny Garden: May 2020

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Buff-Tailed Bumble Bee
A Bumble Bee comes in to land on a Wallflower

May 2020 was another gloriously sunny month meaning the Spring of 2020 has been amazingly dry. Although it has meant a lot of watering in the garden, the weather has taken the edge off the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic with its various restrictions. I take part in a monthly photography challenge run by Jane Burkinshaw of Love Your Lens, where we post images related to particular a theme to a Facebook group for friendly critique. The theme for May was ‘nature’ and as such quite a lot of my photos of the garden this month were of birds and bugs and other beasts besides. I make no apology for this as an objective has been to attract more wildlife into our little patch and I’ve been delighted by the number of birds we have had visiting. It also gave me reason to practice a bit more with my macro lens.

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Our Tiny Garden: April 2020

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April 2020 has been a full month of pandemic lockdown in the UK. The garden has been a genuine haven during this time – a place to relax, play with our little boy, and dry the seemingly endless laundry! At odds with April’s reputation for showers and unpredictable weather, it’s been almost wall-to-wall sunshine which has been a blessing, and such a contrast with the endless rain of February. I had always aimed to focus on the details of the garden with this project, but lockdown has brought a greater intensity, and I have used this as a thinly veiled excuse to buy a new macro lens for my camera. Some early attempts at using it are included but expect more from that as the year progresses.

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Our Tiny Garden: March 2020

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When I decided to embark on this project to post 20 photos of our garden each month during 2020, I’d thought it would be a nice way to practice my photography and appreciate the little details over the course of the seasons. Now that we are at the end of March and, like many countries, the UK is in lockdown following the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, it seems to have taken on a whole new meaning. It’s likely that this little green space at the back of our house is going play a very large part in our lives for the next few weeks, or even months, and I’ve honestly never been so grateful to have a garden or be a gardener.

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