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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
September 2013

September 29th
Well I haven't posted much on our website this month, we have been, and continue to be very busy at our allotment.
Fed up with having to put separate wire netting over each row of cabbage and leeks, or any other veg that pigeons eat, we decided to cover half the allotment with bird proof netting.
We have erected tall poles and wire on which to hang the one piece net over. We can stand upright under most of it.
We also decided to dig up the portion of the allotment where we could park Lyn's car if parking was difficult. We had only used it about 3 or 4 times.
When we first took on the allotment in early Spring we decided not to have a shed as we lived so near. But we have been offered one by an allotment owner that has got to give up his allotment.
It will probably be very usefull after all, as every time we go down to the allotment we have to take tools and try to think what we might need. We have been caught out several times which meant that Lyn had to return home and get what we had missed out.
Digging the area for car parking was very hard work, lots of large stones and the ground was very dry and compacted. I did manage to dig down to about two feet, and break up the subsoil.

So here are about 20 pictures from both our gardens here at home, taken today. I will try to remember to take the camera to the allotment next time so you can see what we have done there.

Brugmansia 'Sunset' 

Brugmansia 'Dalens Glory' 


Dahlia 'Apache' 

Autumn in the Exotic Garden

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 

Isoplexis canariensis 

Dahlia 'Tally Ho'  

Fuchsia boliviana 

Dahlia 'Pooh' 

Brugmansia arborea 

Canna 'Reine Charlotte' 

Plumbago auriculata 

Ricinus 'New Zealand Purple' normally about 3metres high but this year only 1mtr

Echinacea 'Purpurea' 

Helenium 'Sahins Early Flowerer' 

Salvia greggii 'Lara'

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Deamii' 

September 11th
We are having a very good show of Brugmansia flowers at the moment, the best this year, typical as we have finished opening the garden this year.
Talking of our garden openings, we have already signed up for another year with the National Garden Scheme, so if anyone would like the dates, here they are,

Sunday July 13th
Wednesday July 30th
Sunday August 24th

The Exotic garden is still looking good with plenty of colour, the Cottage garden has quite a bit of colour but most of the Phloxes have finished their main flowering now.
We had a night temperature of just +6.4c a few nights ago, too many of those will see the plants closing down for the winter.

Last week we had a delivery of 164 plants to grow on for next years plant stall, it took me about 6 hours to pot them into 2 litre pots. They are looking happier now and should carry on growing roots before the cold weather arrives.

Brugmansia 'Dalens Glory' 

Brugmansia versicolor 'Ecuador Pink' 

Brugmansia 'Dalens Glory' again

Brugmansia candida 'Grand Marnier' 

Brugmansia ' Yellow' we don't know it's proper name.

Brugmansia 'Herzenbrucke' 

Plenty of bees about, this one on a Tithonia.

Hibiscus 'Newbiscus Mauvelous' bud.

One of the Phloxes which we will be selling next year on our open days,

Salvia microphylla 'Hot lips' flowering well again, after we had cut it down after it's first flowering.