Don’t let the sun go down

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We are well into autumn, the days are getting shorter and the colours around have never been more striking. The contrasts between the vibrant colours of the changing leaves and the darker moodier sky captures the imagination..  Keep the colours trooping and add in some pots or hanging plants to enhance the vibe.

Pansies and violas are the perfect plant for this.  They will bloom well into November.

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Colourful potted pansy keeping the interest in the Autumn garden
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Potted Pansies in shades of autumn

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Deadhead (remove faded blooms) if you want to have blooms a plenty during the first weeks of potting.  As the plant starts to loose energy leave the flower heads to die back on the plant. Collect the seeds, after the flower heads fade, from the remaining pod  and replant in a cold frame or in early spring to enjoy their colourful display all over again.

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Faded flower head

 

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Extracted pansy seeds

 

 

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Room With A View

As I lounge in the lounge gazing out at the rain on an overcast Mid  March day (it is after all  St Patrick’s Day and it is traditional that he sheds a tear for Ireland), the highs of the past few sunny spring days that raised my spirits to an ecstatic high a distant memory, I remember why it is I love to plant my window boxes from scratch rather than buy ready grown ones.  The sight of the partially emerged muscari amongst the narcissus pulled me right back to the reason why I love Spring, there is so much more to come and the rain……………..   well that’s the part that makes it all possible!  Window boxes are a great way of bringing nature into your home and are great for the smallest of outside spaces.

Spring in a window box
Watch them grow
Gaze from the window

All Hail Spring