November 2010

For the gardener, winter is a time of reflection and for making plans for the coming year. I have a most unwelcome new project to consider.

As in life, everything changes.
The leafy backdrop of our garden has gone and in its place, directly behind our ivy-clad boundary an ugly new building now dominates. After much thought I have decided that my garden diary pages would be less than honest if they failed to show it and so over the coming months I plan to record my progress as I attempt to minimize its impact.

Almost as if trying to lessen my anguishClematis Cirrhosa ’Jingle Bells’ is at last the mass of elegant, drooping bells I have been looking forward in the three years it has taken to establish.
Elsewhere, a few last stragglers – pale-flowered herbaceous fuschia andErigeron karvinskianus are still flowering valiantly as the garden drifts into seasonal dormancy and I plan its rebirth.

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