Category Archives: Dahlia

Brimming with life


It’s too soon to turn your back on your garden.

Plants may be fading and you may be  itching to pull out old annuals and cut back the perennials and start the big tidy up, but let’s take a moment to appreciate the here and now.

I’d like to savour the early days of Autumn when the greens turn to orange, the apples, pears and berries ripen and glow and the seed heads rattle in the breeze

The spiders are busy spinning their webs which glisten in the early morning dew like  pearl necklaces.

The late summer flowers of Dahlias and Alstroemerias crash and burn with the failing support of the other plants around them and the ornamental grasses, chinese lanterns and Red Hot Pokers are just coming into their own.

There’s still so much to enjoy. Cut and bring into the home a few simple daily reminders of the world outside.



Jobs to do



There are 2 square flower beds at the front of the house, both had purely red roses in them but unfortunately the roses in one bed started dying off.  Slowly, each year, 2 or more would die and it just looked sad.  We decided it was probably honey fungus doing the damage, as a tree close by had recently been taken down and potentially the roots were left to rot underground and this is where honey fungus can start.  Anything in the Rosa family becomes a target of this fungus.  So we have replanted the bed with ‘freebies’ to test what can actually live in a soil infested by honey fungus.

In the centre we have the lovely Euphorbia mellifera…. if you have one, you usually have seedlings near-by.  Ironically this is sometimes called the ‘honey bush’ due to the sweet smell of its insignificant flowers.  It is a very versatile evergreen shrub. I love it – and it survives honey fungus!!!!.  Surrounding that we have some gorgeous ferns .. I think they are Matteucia strutheopteris and they survive honey-fungus and then some fabulous bulbs .. Scilla peruviana (Cuban Lily)  These are fantastic ground cover.  They come up now, flower in the Spring and continue to thrive for a couple more months before we cut them back.  What a great plant for difficult conditions. And…. they survive honey fungus

Then we have the gorgeous Dahlia Hillcrest Royal – if anything would beat off competition with a pure red rose garden this is a serious contender


We have dug them up this year to divide in the spring and also to propagate from:


Here they are drying out upside down in the shed



Other Dahlias in the garden we leave in throughout the winter..

We have a pretty good success rate.  We cut them right back and find something else in the garden to mulch them with… it could be leaves but today it was Osmunda ferns:

Osmunda regalis
Osmunda regalis



With a small piece of chicken wire and a couple of sticks, the Dahlias are quickly and easily protected from the savages of winter…

Flower Power




In some gardens we are over whelmed with yellow flowers at this time of year, however in my Poynings garden, it most certainly is PINK –  Pink to make the boys wink!





Cosmos and Gaura






Gaura and Cosmos



We are still cutting like crazy for indoor display and to prolong the flowering period, and that is what makes it all so worthwhile in the end.

Orange Tuesdays


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Carols' delicious marmalade
Carols’ delicious marmalade


My home grown tommys
My home grown tommys

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Arum italicum
Arum italicum

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