October garden …

31/10/2017 § 1 Comment

Rewind back to the Spring – see that old patio table that’s sprayed red in the bottom right corner?

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It’s been sitting there all summer, with the odd pot stuck on top of it.  It’s in the wrong place for a coffee cup and whilst sitting up on the top patio, over many cuppas, I’ve been making plans for it.   Ta-Dah …  an alpine garden …

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I initially planned a stone edge but then on a visit to a builders’ merchant, I spied the bamboo edging and thought how easy it would be to wire it to the mesh table top. The soil is on top of a weed-proof membrane to allow easy drainage.   It was easy – less than an hour’s work.  But it needed something as a focal point …

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aaaawwwwwww – I so miss Flora Puddleduck and she so loved water so when I found this little water feature I thought what a fitting memorial to Flora it would be, as well as providing my new alpine garden with a proper feature.  The gentle sound of water is so relaxing and always reminds me of Flora’s splashing and bathing.  She’s have loved to have ducklings, I’m sure!

I just love it – although I know it’s a bit ‘naff’!

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I stained the bamboo edging with black wood preservative and I can’t wait for the alpines and sedums to cover the bare earth.  Roll on next Spring!  There are loads of miniature Spring bulbs already planted too.

The weather has been absolutely beautiful for the best part of a week – chilly, bright, golden Autumn days with the first overnight frost of the season just a couple of days ago.  I haven’t been able to stay indoors and have undertaken a massive garden tidy up.  The front gates have been stained smart black (well, the tub of wood preservative was open so I thought I’d better make use of it).  And another paint pot was prized open this afternoon …

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I recently acquired an unloved metal patio set and in today’s mellow sunshine, I donned gloves and an apron and set about removing all the peeling paint with a wire brush.  I found half a tin of Hammerite in the shed and have finished one chair …

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That’s better!  All spruced up and ready for a sit down on a chilly morning with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.  I just LOVE this time of year.  Cosying up over long evenings, quilts and crochet blankets on the bed and layered up over the sofas, frosty breath in the mornings, golden leaves and red berries.

Do you love Autumn or are you craving hot summer sunshine already?  Embrace cosy – go on, get quilting!

Adaliza

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§ One Response to October garden …

  • Kristin Nicholas says:

    Was just thinking yesterday as I set up the farmers market stand how much more energy I have now that the heat of summer is over. Must get sime daffodils planted. Enjoy your new garden additions.

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