HIGHER MORWELL GARDEN DIARY 2020
These pages are a rolling diary of the changes
and events in the garden for the year 2020 in
words and pictures.
September to December
In 2019 we bought three citrus trees which
overwintered indoors in their pots. The flowers
have a wonderful scent on all three but so far
only the lime tree has set fruit, and it is a long
process. Well worth it though - even the zest
tasted good as there was no preservative
sprayed on it. Kept us in lime slices for the
G&Ts for eight days!
The gunneras have grown a lot in 2020 and have
produced their versions of flowers which are a bit
strange to say the least! Both plants are thriving
in the slightly boggy ground in the north west
corner. Quite near the septic tank…
A new bed has been created in front of the pagoda, and populated with some new plants as well as
incorporating the rapidly growing viburnum bush. The hardy banana plant is now in the ground just in
front of the yakushimanum rhododendron which is supposed to flower in May, which it did last year. This
was taken on 2nd October and it is just starting to bloom. Some mistake surely?
The crocosmia on the right was rescued from the dismantled raised bed in front of the kitchen.
8th October. The canna freed from its pot and given room in the old magnolia bed has grown far bigger
than we expected, and is still putting up flower shoots. Because the sun is so much lower and the house is
in the way it now gets no sun at all all day, but doesn’t seem to be suffering. The big prunus tree in the
copse is losing its leaves, and their red colour behind the magnolia stellata and rhododendron shows the
huge width this tree has.
14th October, a new tree
planted. This is an Indian
Golden Rain tree which is
a bit different for us. Still
has green leaves but it is
starting to drop some. A
bit less grass to mow!
18th October and the wildflower patch has been strimmed and
cut ready to overwinter. We’ll sow new seeds next Spring.
The polytunnel now has a raised bed which is being filled with
soil from the dismantled bed by the front door. We hope to
grow root crops like carrots and parsnips here, plenty of
depth. And further for the slugs to climb.