Well there is an explanation. My garden is overshadowed by about 15 - 20 very tall and very mature conifer trees planted by our neighbours over the back before we came here over thirty years ago. We've always had problems with the grass drying out in the summer where the roots suck up any moisture. Added to which, the trees drop their needles and a sticky sap all over the plants and paved area which in turn can kill some weaker plants.
A consequence of which, after many years of plants not growing or failing to survive, we dug up the back border and had a 2ft block paving strip put in so that we could plant our shrubs in pots and which we could change around as and when necessary.
It works quite well most of the time
However, because our back garden faces north - the sun is drawing the darn trees over the garden fence and creating a roof-like structure
and when we sit on the garden bench this is what we see
So - not only does the rain not go anywhere near my pots, but the roots from the trees dry out the lawn. I love my garden and to be fair the trees do provide a great deal of privacy but they are a pain. The people do have them lopped every two years but only about 4 or 5 foot which does give us a bit of light back but doesn't solve the problem.
We've only got a small garden and like to use every bit of space so we've learnt to make the most of the other aspects of the garden which is taking on a very Autumnal feel about it now.
and I've just finished planting up my winter flowering Pansies, Cyclamen and some lovely heathers.
I do like a bit of colour outside to take me through the winter months.
That's all for now and I'll see you again soon.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post - I really do appreciate them.