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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
October 2013

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October 29th

As I haven't posted many pictures this month, here are 22 taken today, which after the stormy weather, has been a very nice day.

Salvia involucrata 'Bethellii' 


Chrysanthemum 'Cottage Lemon' 


Crocus pulchellus 


Crocus pulchellus 


Penstemon 'Pensham Czar' 


Echinacea 'Pow Wow Wild Berry'


Helenium 'Sahins Early Flowerer' 


Tricyrtis 'Empress' 


Chrysanthemum 'Mrs Jessie Cooper 2' 


Miscanthus 'Arabesque' 


Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' 


Miscanthus 'Morning light' 


Abutilon megapotanicum 


Aconitum carmichaelii 'Royal Flush' 


Autumn is here.


A climbing Geranium we don't know the name of.


Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby' -----a climbing Fuchsia


Seed heads of a Clematis


Salvia fulgens 


Phylostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' and leaves of Echium pininana.


Hibiscus rosa-sinensis in the conservatory.


Euryops pectinatus 


October 28th
Apologies for the lack of picture blogs so far this month.
Just so much going on, and although retired, no time to do it.
We had always said we did not need a shed at the allotment, as we only live half a mile away. But one of the plotholders was giving up his plot, and had a shed, water butt and stand. A compost bin and about 7 concrete slabs which he did not want. After a short haggle, we got the lot for 45.
At the same time a large plot was being vacated, to make way for additional car parking, the tenant had left all sorts of rubbish strewn all over the plot. The council was going to have to clear it all, so they said if anyone wanted anyhing that was any good, to help yourself. We got several round fence posts, a composter and about 8 long lengths of nearly new tongue and groove boarding.

So we ended up erecting the shed on our plot and building a long 'lean to' to store amongst other things all the runner bean canes, which will keep them dry during the winter.
This meant of course that we lost some of the space on our plot. So we decided to dig up the area within our plot that we had put by for parking the car on busy days. The new car park being made by the council should help out when it is finished in the spring next year.

We also made a structure over half of the plot which we netted over to keep the pigeons off the crops that need protection.
A busy time, but we will appreciate it all when spring arrives next year.

October has been a mild month, I always reckon the first frost will arrive here around November 5th. I left cutting plants down and putting up the various shelters in the 'exotic garden' till only a few days ago.
I had just put up the shelters for the bananas and there was talk of a hurricane force storm heading towards the south of England. Well the shelters are only made of wood and covered in plastic bubble insulation.
We have used these shelters for many years, ok we lost the roof of one a couple of years ago in a gale force wind, but a hurricane, got me really worried. I even thought I might take them back down again.
It had taken about a full day to put the shelters up, which seemed would be a waste of time, so I left them up with a few more guy wires to steady them against the onslaught of impending wind.

I watched the weather charts and forecasts, and the storm was to be at it's worst between 12 midnight and 3am, which was a bad time. I wouldn't normally be out at that time of night tending banana shelters.
About 2 hours before bed time after looking at land based and automatic weather bouys in the English Channel giving reports of the wind strengths heading this way, I decided it was not going to be a hurricane.
So to bed just before midnight, it was breezy but pouring with rain.
Something woke me at 4.50am, I could hear a constant whoosh of wind occasionally gusting even more, I lay awake for around 20 minutes and the wind was decreasing, so I went back to sleep.
I was pleased to wake at 8.30am and find the shelters were intact. There was lots of debris from the trees several hundred yards away, but no damage in the garden. Looking at the reports for Bournemouth Airport just 2 miles down the road, they had 60mph gusts at the time I had woken in the night, it certainly sounded like it.

Enough of me waffling, here are just a few pictures.


Building up the 'Giraffe House' (because it is tall)


Girrafe house nearly up.


It is a shame to cut down the plants to enable us to protect them during the winter, the red stemmed Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii'
in particular.


And here are two of them.


Both are in large pots which I have to pull out of even larger pots, which stay in the ground.


One of the Musa Basjoo banana houses that survived the storm.


Here you can see some of the stay wires used to stop them blowing away.


And now in the Giraffe house, on the top shelf, all the Agarve. They don't mind the cold, but hate wet and cold.


In the Greenhouse, insulation panels ready to be put up.


Some of the panels up and greenhouse filling up with TOO many plants.


In the passage between house and sheds, the shelving is up and filling up fast, note the Brugmansia cuttings at bottom of picture.


And the conservatory, SOME of the plants including the red bananas and all 10 of the Brugmansias, more to come in yet.