Read­ers’ gar­dens

Garden News (UK) - - News - Joanna Daniels

We’re busy col­lect­ing up leaves at the mo­ment, pre­dom­i­nantly from three large red oaks, which are al­ways first to lose them. We spent a sunny day pick­ing up as many as pos­si­ble. We were left with aching mus­cles, but were well re­warded with a cup of tea and a toasted tea­cake!

We stack the leaves in a wire en­clo­sure to rot down and al­ways have the prob­lem of fresh ones to store be­fore last year’s leaf mould can be used. We’ve solved this by mak­ing a sec­ond, smaller wire en­clo­sure, which is al­ready nearly full. The leaves will be chopped up a bit by run­ning the lawn mower over them, which will make room for more – when the silver birch leaves fall!

One slight dis­ap­point­ment is the lack of scent from the kat­sura tree. Nor­mally, the leaves emit a won­der­ful burnt sugar fra­grance be­fore they fall, which is why our fam­ily re­fer to it as the can­dyfloss tree.

Hardy chrysan­the­mums are now start­ing to come into flower. ‘Clara Cur­tis’ has pretty sin­gle, sil­very-pink flow­ers and those of ‘Dul­wich Pink’ are deep pink. I’m grow­ing the lat­ter as part of the Hardy Plant So­ci­ety’s con­ser­va­tion scheme, so I’ve prop­a­gated it for dis­tri­bu­tion to other mem­bers next year. I’ve also been busy plant­ing ter­ra­cotta pots with tulips.

I have plans to redesign the main bor­der in the back gar­den. I think all the right plants are there, they just need mov­ing around! Rose ‘Tus­cany Su­perb’ is beau­ti­ful, but is over­shad­owed by a prunus tree. I’ll move the rose about (10ft) to one side, which should make a huge dif­fer­ence. I’ve al­ready dug up a few peren­ni­als to make space and, hope­fully, I’ll get it right when I re­plant them. l Read more at www. tales­fro­ma­coun­try­gar­den.word­

We’ve a lot of fallen oak leaves, which rot down in a wire bin Chrysanthemum ‘Dul­wich Pink’ flow­ers in Novem­ber

Seedlings and cu ings are grow­ing on nicely in the green­house Au­tumn colours are fan­tas­tic in the Ja­panese gar­den

Our gi­ant leaf bin and, right, these asters have lasted well

One of the joys of this month is the star-like ner­ine

A fam­ily gar­den in Ast­ley Burf, Worces­ter­shire, with re­cently de­vel­oped beds and bor­ders.

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