Plant of the Month
As you can see, the garden trellis and supporting posts have been replaced this month. The previous trellis had lasted well but it was time to renew it and make some radical changes to the garden so a lot of the existing planting was cleared.
This is all part of "simplifying" the garden to make it easier to maintain as I get older. I would not like to give up my garden so easing the workload is a sensible step to take. I removed my two vigorous rambler roses, a grape vine and an assortment of herbaceous plants that were really "in the wrong place" to give a clear view of the site making it much easier to make decisions.
I truly love my Camellia Saturnia with its bright red flowers in Spring and glossy evergreen foliage throughout the year.
My Camellia Debbie, has smaller bright pink flowers. It was removed for the new fencing to be installed and I have replanted it in a new position so I will now be able to see both from my patio windows all year round.
Elsewhere in the garden the last roses are in bloom. Lady of Shallot has been fabulous all Summer, in fact all the roses have given me an exceptional year of flowers.
The grapes have also fully ripened this year, great flavour but I wish they were seedless!
Artisans Corner News
Autumn is reflected in my new print of an old stile at Cosmeston Country Park. Sadly the original stile has been replaced by a more practical but much less attractive modern one so I have used my original sketch to produce this pen and ink artwork. Cards are also available.
My Christmas cards will be appearing in the shop this week and I am currently working on my desk-cassette style 2019 calendar based on Penarth and the local area, these should be available soon.
The Penarth History Month proved very successful, this year's format gave us a lovely variety of events. We have such a lot to celebrate in Penarth and it is great to be able to do it in style.