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Garden Diary September 2016

Welcome back to the September edition of our garden Blog / Diary.

The weather could not have been more extreme within the last 36 hours.

Torrential rainfalls which resulted in heavy floods and in lakes coming over roads and walk ways changed hands with the most beautiful calm and sunny autumn weather one can only imagine. Visitors to our area could witness and film quite dramatic scenes within the last few days! Thankfully  Kylemore Abbey & Garden escaped bad damages; one horse chestnut gave in and lots of debris and leaves everywhere but it could have been worse. Nearly exactly one year ago we had even worse floods with over 95 ml of rain. So lets focuses on the sunny side of the Walled Garden of Kylemore.

The early autum display in the Formal Flower Garden is nice and strong at the moment. Shades of yellow, oranges, reds and blues are dominating in between the lush green of the formal lawns.




Pic1 Red Hot Pokers, Lobelia & Bistort near the East Gate to Garden


20160907_171713 Pic 2 View over to the Vinery


Finally our tomatoes ripened and are ready for harvesting. These old varieties are all grown inside our restored Vinery where they get the most amount of heat and sun. The plants would never stand a chance outside in the elements. We are propagating a selection of old heritage varieties like the huge beef-tomato ‘Brandy-wine’, dating back to ca. 1880 or the smaller type ‘Yellow-Pear’ tomato which is grown for its unusual shape and colour.

20160908_132445 Pic3 Beef-Tomato ‘Brandy-wine’, from around 1880


20160908_132533 Pic4  ‘Pear-Shaped Tomato, from around 1850


We have a good crop of climbing and French beans this year. The need to be picked every few days to avoid getting to stringy. If you want to harvest your own seeds of beans you could leave the pods on much longer, until beans are fully grown. We always keep a selection of our own bean seeds for the coming season. Below is a selection of few of the varieties we are growing this year. The purple one will turn green when cooked, so don’t expect purple French beans on your plate!

20160909_094325 Pic5 Left: Runner bean ‘Painted Lady’, Middle: French Bean ‘Cosse Violet’,

Right: Climbing French Bean ‘Blue Lake Stringless’

These varieties are also all old heritage varieties, ‘Painted Lady’ is even dating back to the 17th century!


Our indoor Peach tree ‘Amsden June’; planted this spring on the south facing wall inside our vinery had a good seasonal growth. I started to fan-train this years shoots along bamboo sticks. This needs to be repeated with new shoots annually until the desired wall space is filled. We might have a first crop of peaches next year?

20160908_132635Pic6 Peach tree ‘Amsden June’


Just opposite the peach tree, right along the curved windows are our vines. The grapes are just ripening and disappearing on the lower brunches  mysteriously more every day!

20160908_132610 Pic7 Grape ‘Black Hambourgh’


We had and still have a lovely bunch of students this year. They are doing an internship with us and are mainly horticultural students or landscape architects. Wet days are mainly used for propagating seeds, potting on plants or the maintenance of our glasshouses. To give them a new challenge we decided to enter the era of ‘Insect hotels’. You can see them nearly in every garden by now, so the students took on the task and came up with this charming structure below. They used only leftover pieces of timber, bricks and bamboo sticks. We still have to find a proper spot for it in our vegetable garden. Well done students!



That will be all for this month garden diary, please find below the monthly garden tips as usual.

Your Head Gardener

Anja Gohlke


Garden tips for your own garden for September / Beginning October:

To sow/propagate:

~ Pot on more spring bedding plants like Wall flowers

~ Propagate shrubs from semi ripe cuttings

~ Sow overwintering green manure like ‘Landsberger Mix’ in vegetable plots


To plant:

~ Plant or pot on shrubs or perennials left in pots

~ Last crop of Lettuces, Spring Onions or Spring Cabbages

~ New lawns after scarifying


To harvest:

~ Apples, Pears, Nuts, Blackberries

~ Carrots, Cabbages, Kales, Lettuces, Beetroots, Spring Onions

~ Runner Beans, French Beans, Dwarf Beans

~ Herbs; also for drying

~ Seeds of desired plants like


To maintain & prune & feed:

~ Start to blow leaves of lawns regulary

~ Pick up fallen fruits, they will only attract rodents

~ Moss treat and scarify lawns

~ Prune summer fruiting Raspberries, Gooseberries and Currants