The Tuesday View: 4th October 2016

At around 1.30 pm I decided the weather wasn’t going to get any better, so I went out to take a few photographs of the view for this Tuesday.

It’s looking pretty autumny!


As I walked around I noticed how some of the yellowing foliage looks almost springlike – look at the Geranium foliage in the centre below… Yes, a slight brownish tinge to the edges, but such a fresh pale green.


The October light is almost as lovely as in September, as the foliage slowly releases a golden glow to everything around it. As you can see though, the rain has got the better of the Perovskia. There are still a few bees buzzing sleepily around it.


And the highlight today for me was the Linaria, sending up new flowers after I had cut it right down about six weeks ago…


So as some flowers fade (like the Gaura) others stand out even more.

I shall continue to show my view each Tuesday this autumn for as long as there is anything interesting to see, and if you would like to join me in observing one spot in your garden through the seasons, please leave a link below so we can share in your pleasure!

39 thoughts on “The Tuesday View: 4th October 2016

  1. Lovely as always. We’ve had a week of damp, gloomy weather here,so a lot of flowers look sadly beaten down. I keep saying I’m going to give the Russian Sage a trim, but then I think about how wet I’ll get doing it! Forecasts say Wednesday through Friday are supposed to be dry and mostly sunny, so perhaps it will get done then? It is funny to see the bees moving so slowly, or even seemingly sleeping, on the flowers this time of year!

    • We are getting that damp cool weather now Kimberley. I got quite damp just taking these photos! I was amazed any insects were out in this weather, but they are clearly hopeful! I have never tried tidying up the Russian sage, but I will trim it in a few weeks before winter sets in, and then prune it a bit further in spring. Do you cut yours right down?

      • I’m going to cut back all the long, messy stuff, and then leave what’s left over the winter. In the spring, I’ll cut it back after new growth starts, to right above the lowest set of new leaves. This seems to be the method that works best for me.

        • Thanks Kimberley. I do the same in spring, but often leave it too late and daredn’t cut as low as I should for fear of a late frost. I think it’s pretty tough though and would recover anyway!

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    • I can’t actiually see most of this view from the living area, except the top bits level with the patio, such as the roses, Euonymus, Persicaria, Gaura etc. But every morning when I raise the blind in the study it is the first view of the garden I have. 🙂

  3. The light is beautiful in October. Everything seems to have a golden glow. I love the linaria. I’ve got one called linaria maroccana licilia peach, which has been in flower since May. It’s not a stand out plant. You don’t notice it when you first look at the border. But it’s there for closer inspection, and is so pretty. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos and for hosting this meme. I’m joining in for the first time.

    • If that Linaria is a peachy colour it must be gorgeous. I had a pink one too, so hope it has set a few seedlings. I am pleased you have decided to join in Karen!

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    • Hi Frank. I cut the Linaria down almost to the base, but a lot of the older plants have died back completely now, so hopefully some seedlings will appear next spring!

  5. Your garden continues to look great, Cathy. I love the mounded texture and colors throughout and the persicaria are like a bunch of red candlesticks! Even flopping in the rain, the perovskia has presence. It reminds me of my asters which flopped this weekend, too. Thanks for hosting!

    • Thank you Eliza! Yes, the asters do flop, don’t they! I love that idea of red candlesticks… a very appropriate description. Shame they are not still around for Christmas decorations! 😉

  6. Your garden is amazing Cathy. It still looks so graceful, inviting and richly colored as you ease into autumn. Planned to join you today and took a few photos but couldn’t get time to work up a post. Have a good week.

  7. I love your goal to just continue to take photos for as long s you can. It will be fun to see just how long that is! Your garden continues to look so beautiful even though the colors are fading. Your fall garden colors are more vibrant than my spring colors. LOL! It really is fun to see the differences. Everything continues to be just beautiful, Cathy.

    • Thank you for your lovely comment Debra. I am so lucky to have this garden in all seasons, but autumn is pretty special. I hope my acer will wow me with its colour again soon as it is nearing its peak already.

  8. Your notes about the foliage colours in October are quite interesting; now that I think abou it, that fresh look seems to be typical though I’m relying on memories of gardening in colder climes! Here the weather is a wonderful mix of cooler nights and warm days — still almost hot — and the bees on my Perovskia were so active I could hardly get a good shot!

    • It has been near freezing point a few times this week, so things are really slowing down now, but the yellow glow of the foliage cheers everything up for a while! 🙂

  9. I am sure, your garden has always a surprise for you and us. I am also the opinion, that some views in October are just like views in spring. Life is going on (and around).

  10. Lots of nice mounded shapes in your border, Cathy – nothing seems to jar – and I suppose it easier to notice this when there are less blooms to be distracted by

    • The winter view will be mounds of yellow foliage and moss-covered rocks – most of which disappear below the plants in summer. That is the advantage of it being shady in winter. I have learnt to appreciate every tiny little detail once the flowers have all gone. 🙂

  11. Oh my gosh this has to be one of the most beautiful rockeries ever. Did you create it?

    I am about to start a new garden in a new country and am thinking of an ayurvedic plants and herb garden in one section. Seeing your garden inspires me to perhaps do it in a rockery rather thsn a flat raised bed which was my first inclination.

    I can’t stop looking at these photos. They remind me of our childhood garden, growing up on the hillside, in South Africa.


    • Well, thanks for such a lovely comment! I think there are traditional rockeries and the individual ones, and that means you can do whatever you like in a rockery basically. Any plant that likes poor well-drained soil will thrive. The rockery was there when I moved in, but the planting was practically non-existent. Good luck with your plans!

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