Dixter Diary – Day 14

Today was another one with excellent weather although the temperatures are getting a bit chillier as we get closer to October.  This morning was another excellent time to take photos as the the dew puts on a “fresh patina” to the morning landscape.  I continue to photograph both the Barn Garden and Sunk Garden (represented below) and noted the photographer on the roof (third photo down) who I had heard EARLY this morning up there.  I imagine the view is spectacular.


 the setting for the big Plant Fair this weekend is ready to go!
 no shortage of excellent, late-season combinations out there!
 toadlily (Tricyrtis formosana) looking nice and asters below


 the inflorescences of perennial fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) above are magical with morning dew
After morning clean-up in multiple garden areas, I helped make some new potting soil and worked with Susan and Michael on potting up various perennials. In essence, we were “bumping them up” from a 3″ container to a 5″ container.  I later was shown how to propagate three different types of plants by Siew Lee and Kathleen.  I had a blast doing this and ended up replanting about 250 cuttings after Siew Lee and I processed what Kathleen had collected.  The ladies were both patient instructors as I haven’t done this in many years!  Part of the set-up in the potting shed can be seen above and some of the work seen below…
 above and below I’m working with Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’



 Kathleen above and Siew Lee below


we did about 100 of these Cotoneaster horizontalis (above) which will eventually look like the specimen below…(seen at Fairlight Hall two weekends ago….and plenty at Great Dixter) – the 25 or so cuttings above will be re-potted later for nursery sales


The afternoon walk was nice with dahlias over 8′ tall! (seen above) and lots of excellent lighting!

 light coming through the walls of the hovel near the Exotic Garden (seen below)



 perennial geranium
 nasturtium (Tropaeolum sp.) leaf coming up through spirea
 awesome ornamental grasses above and cool pear (Pyrus) shadow below…

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