Visiting Mum’s Garden

As I wing my way back to Germany later today, I will remember a lovely week of “Englishness”!

My mother’s garden in the middle of England is still looking lovely after all the heavy rains and strong winds this summer has brought them. In fact all the rain has done some plants good, and Dad’s lawn looks wonderful! Come in and have a look!

As you look down the garden, through the honeysuckle archway, the immediate focus is the beautiful clematis at the far end. Climbing through my father’s obelisk, it takes all the glory…

A white buddleia behind provides the necessary backdrop for it to be seen from the house.

Pots of lavender are still in flower…

Although looking a little battered from the weather, these tall daisies and lychnis support each other and are an attractive eyecatcher in the east border.

Nearer the house, also on the sunny side, the crocosmia is radiant.

And this hydrangea will also flower for a few more weeks, feeling happy in a pot all year round…

The mild English weather allows so many plants to overwinter outdoors – even in containers. This is barely possible in Germany. How about where you live? Can you keep pots outdoors in the winter months?