Six on Saturday, 17.11.18. Getting Ready for Winter.

Winter is definitely coming but still we have lovely autumn colour just about hanging on. So number one is Autumn Colour.

Cotinus coggyria

Liquidamber, Acer and Koelreuteria paniculata ‘Coral Sun’


These lovely leaves will soon be gone but the fruit of Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’ hang on into the depths of winter so this tree sits in my winter garden.

Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’

Tree Removal.
I have been preparing for next year’s improved landscape by having George, the tree surgeon here to remove a line of ancient and massive laurel and hollies. He is coming back soon to get rid of the stumps and this hazel which totally defeated him last time he came. It is obviously very, very old and goodness knows what we will find at the centre of it, maybe a lost civilisation.

Ancient hazel


Autumn is a good time to thin the bamboo stands. It’s a tedious job,  but they look better for it . The upside is we have loads of bamboo canes which will come in handy next year.


Vegetable Boxes.
At last I have cleared the veggie boxes ready for their blanket of manure which comes courtesy of my friend, Francesca’s beloved Pickle. I just have to persuade the Pianist to collect it for me. I think this is a blue job although the Pianist is a Feminist and refuses to acknowledge that there are such things as blue and pink jobs. Still I might be able to bribe him with mince pies. In  the centre is a standard gooseberry with a frill of chamomile rounds its foot.

You might notice that Chloris, the scarecrow is no longer with us. Here she is a couple of years ago; even with the blonde wig and a stuffed bra, she still looks terrible. She had to go, she was an embarrassment. She looked so disreputable that I was ashamed of her and put her on the bonfire. It was like having a picture of Dorian Grey in the garden which was deteriorating even faster than yourself.

Wrapping up for Winter.
I have the ghostly forms all over the garden of tender plants wrapped in a fleece overcoat. Here are my tree ferns.They have a scarf of straw and I hope they will be happy.

Bringing things in for Winter
The most tedious job of preparing for winter is bringing all my tender plants in.  No mean feat now I have a tropical area full of tender plants.

My lovely greenhouse which I acquired last year to display plants in winter is now totally stuffed.


Window sills and spare bedrooms are fully occupied with plants. The dining room looks like a forest. But what can you do? A girl needs her plants.



And that’s my six, but I haven’t mentioned bulb planting. Another tedious job and I still have a box full of tulips waiting.  But if I start on all the autumn jobs still to be done, I’ll on end up with 36 on Saturday, and that’s breaking the rules  so we’ll leave it there.

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting the meme of Six on Saturday.

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52 Responses to Six on Saturday, 17.11.18. Getting Ready for Winter.

  1. My, you are busy as usual! Such fun to remember the garden as it was when I saw it in June and to now see and contemplate what this season brings. But poor Chloris the scarecrow, such a sad and unprepossessing figure…what a blaze she must have made. At least the handsome veggie boxes and lovely greenhouse do you justice. More cheers a favorite Feminist, I do hope he enjoys his pies.

    • Chloris says:

      I have made quite a few changes since you saw the garden in June Marian. You are right the scarecrow was never a beauty, she was supposed to have a nice smile but she always looked disapproving. But when she started to neglect her personal hygiene then she had to go. The Pianist made those veg boxes, they have proved to be a great success.

  2. Ali says:

    You have some lovely autumn colour, Chloris. We are lacking a crabapple in our garden. I love acers and liquidambars too. Uh tree greed!!

    • Chloris says:

      Crab apples are marvellous they don’t grow too big and you get spring blossom and then autumn fruit. This one is good value because it seems to hold onto its fruit longer than any other.

  3. Lora Hughes says:

    Your autumn colour is marvelous. And you’re very kind, sharing your home w/all those exotics. They look well worth the living a little more cramped.

  4. Such colour! Love “a girl needs her plants”, I am definitely going to us that one. Your garden is full of treasures and they are very lucky they have you to look after them, many would leave them out in the cold to fend for themselves. I hate planting bulbs too!

  5. Heyjude says:

    “a girl needs her plants”

    Another plantaholic I see! You have been very busy in your garden. I have to admit that it is fast approaching the time of year where I prefer to read gardening books and catalogues than go outside.

    • Chloris says:

      Oh yes, a total plantaholic I’m afraid. I have an out of control need to take seeds and cuttings wherever I go and I can’t leave the house without buying a plant.

  6. Kris P says:

    I’m a little sad to see Scarecrow Chloris go, even if her appearance had become disreputable, but at least she exited in style! Your fall color puts ours to shame – my own Cotinus has largely failed to deliver as the purple leaves tend to go straight to brown. Your hazel is more than a little scary (making me think of the Yucca elephantipes we took out years ago, at a cost that still makes me blink). On the other hand, your stuffed-to-the-gills greenhouse is lovely.

    • Chloris says:

      It was time for her to go, she was never beautiful but she ended up really scary. My other Cotinus ‘Grace’ has lost most of her leaves now but her autumn colour was even brighter red.
      The tree surgeon thinks the hazel is probably more than 100 years old. Getting rid of it is a problem because there are bricks inside it.
      I would rather my greenhouse wasn’t quite so stuffed but there are so many plants that can’t take any frost.

  7. rusty duck says:

    I do think you should have kept scarecrow Chloris. She scared me, she must surely have had the same effect on the crows?

    • Chloris says:

      But she scared me too, I had to give her sunglasses so that her disapproving gaze didn’t follow me round the garden. And with that nasty pinched mouth she reminded me of my loathsome Maths teacher. She had gone quite green and she smelt. I think she was a secret dipsomaniac.

  8. It seems a gardener’s work never ends. I haven’t even started my Fall clean-up.

  9. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    Great autumn colour. The scarecrow Chloris and those mummy like trees could feature in Dr Who. I hope you don’t need to get to the bookcase any time soon!

    • Chloris says:

      Indeed the scarecrow looked like a female form of Frankenstein’s monster. I’m not very good at handiwork. I keep gardening books on this bookcase, so I do sometimes have to move everything out of the way.

  10. You are so industrious and organised! I think that you might be right about that lost civilisation. It certainly looks like something has built in the middle. I loved your shots of plants brought indoors and fitted in just about everywhere. BTW does your banana drip (guttation I mean)? When I grew half a dozen from seed that was the main thing I remember about bringing them in for winter.

    • Chloris says:

      Guttation! That’s a nice new word for me. No, my red banana doesn’t guttate. Can you use it as a verb? I had one before which reached the ceiling and I used it as a Christmas tree. I had to give it to a friend with a conservatory in the end.

  11. Christina says:

    Gorgeous autumn colour, hardly anything colours here, it is sad but I might try to find a space for a liquidambar, I think that might even colour here! Your new greenhouse really is super full and the house too – the pianist is very patient.

    • Chloris says:

      It is a good idea to choose your liquidamber in leaf, the colour varies so much from plant to plant.
      The Pianist has to tolerate my plants in the dining room because I have to tolerate all his music stuff in the library, and that includes great knots of cables snaking everywhere.

  12. pbmgarden says:

    Autumn color came late here and hasn’t been particularly dramatic. You have some lovely color. I like the cotinus. You must feel happy and satisfied with your progress this fall. Of course, always more to do.

    • Chloris says:

      As you say, there is always more to do. I never catch up with myself.It’s my own fault, I keep creating new areas instead of looking after what I have already got.

  13. “It was like having a picture of Dorian Grey in the garden which was deteriorating even faster than yourself.” This was just hysterical, Chloris!

    Congratulations on the new greenhouse. When I saw your “tropical garden” in an earlier post, I began to wonder. It must be so satisfying to be able to tuck them all away safe from Winter.

    • Chloris says:

      Well, I haven’t got everything tucked away. My abutilons have grown too big and a lot of stuff will have to take its chance. But I have taken loads of cuttings.

  14. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Goodness, what a lot of work caring for and housing all those tender plants. I remember when you got that greenhouse (it happened when I started connecting with UK bloggers) and I remember having greenhouse envy when you posted spring pictures! It looks wonderful, full of all sorts of gems. What an amazing vegetable garden you have.

    • Chloris says:

      The veg beds are so easy to maintain as there is no digging involved. I usually have leeks and brassicas for the winter but this year I have been too involved with other areas. Still it is a chance to start with a clean slate in the spring. The greenhouse is a bit overstuffed this year as I have too much tender stuff.

  15. tonytomeo says:

    Chloris looked like Tom Petty.

  16. homeslip says:

    Ooh I have M. Red Sentinel on order (along with my three favourite apple trees) for a Christmas/Wassailing planting. I have planned and even dug out circles of grass where the apple trees are going but am still fiddling around with the positioning of RS. Finally got my 90 tulips planted this week. I don’t have bamboo but I do have an ancient and unkempt hedge fronting the lane of hazel, hawthorn and holly, I started yesterday by cutting out as much bramble as I could just so I can get in there and see what’s what. It may be time to call in Luke the Hedge who did a marvellous job last month of reducing all the beech hedges down to four or six feet. Am loving my new garden Chloris and have Terry the Glass coming on Tuesday to measure up for all the broken and cracked glass in my 1970s Hartley aluminium Greenhouse. Sorry about the ‘blog post’ comment, really should find time to resurrect my blog. Thank you for keeping yours going. Must look up K. paniculata ‘Coral Sun’. I’m now on Greensand but only a couple of miles from the chalk and flint of the South Downs and the autumn colour in the garden has blown me away,

    • Chloris says:

      Lovely to hear from you Sarah. I remember you were having health problems, I hope all is well now. Do start blogging again and show us your new garden. The greenhouse sounds wonderful.

  17. Your garden is looking wonderful for November. I love the idea of putting your red crabapple in the winter garden. I planted the last of my bulbs today – what a relief to have ticked that off the list.

  18. cavershamjj says:

    Lovely autumn colour Chloris. I almost bought that same variety of malus but settled on the cercis and the amelanchier instead. Stupidly, it hadn’t occurred to me that one could harvest bamboo canes from a stand of bamboo. That’s great! I must find a spot for some bamboo.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you. You will love your cercis. I would like a forest of them. I always have plenty of bamboos, I have varieties that clump up but don’t become invasive. You have to choose them with care.

  19. Oh so sad to hear that Chloris is no more 😦 Fabulous autumnal colour. I have a malus ‘Red Sentinel’ too but sadly the berries have started to fall off the tree over the last week or so. I’m intrigued by the bookcase amidst all those plants and wonder what sort of contortions are involved in extracting a book.

  20. Cathy says:

    Oh what glorious colour in you garden, Chloris, and I am pleased to see that you are instigating judicious tree removal too. I suppose I shall miss our hazel canes – but the extra light will be worth it! I had to laugh at your at all your winter lodgers but will take it as a warning as I am slowly building up my collection of tender plants for the newest greenhouse 😉 How come you are let loose in the kitchen for mince pies but not the everyday cuisine…?

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Cathy. I am looking forward to another glimpse into your greenhouse.
      I am not usually allowed into the kitchen, but I have a very light hand with pastry.

      • Cathy says:

        The Golfer dutifully cooks on a Saturday but is happy to leave it me otherwise, which fortunately I don’t mind 😉 ps I was going to show a picture of the new greenhouse in my EOMV but have decided to do a post on it in due course, not that there is much to show or say about it!

  21. I like the idea of a lost civilization hidden in the hazel. Perhaps it includes a fountain of youth or city of gold. Oh, the poor old scarecrow. I hope at least you pensioned her off with a nice retirement party.

    • Chloris says:

      The tree surgeon is coming back in a couple of weeks, goodness knows what we will find in the centre of that hazel.
      The scarecrow got thrown on the bonfire ,which is a bit weird, burning effigies of yourself. It gave me the shivers, but the alternative would have been to bury her, which is weirder still.

  22. Patsi says:

    You sure do work your garden. Hey, we have raised beds also for husbands crops.

  23. snowbird says:

    Goodness…that hazel! I love the fact that the Pianist is a Feminist, but totally agree that manure is a blue job!!! Oh, poor Chloris, burnt to a crisp, she was rather spooky though, great for Halloween! Look at all those tender plants, laughing away here!!! xxx

    • Chloris says:

      The hazel will be chopped down in a couple of weeks, who knows what we will find in there!
      Well you keep pigeons in your study and I keep forests in my dining room, we are both a bit odd, I suppose.

  24. You have been very busy! So much to do at this time of year. I like your scarecrow and yes – those forms do indeed look ghostly.

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