I managed to have a few minutes just walking round the garden the other day, so made the most of it and took some photos for GBBD. The garden is managing quite well without attention from me, the only problem is that the grass is getting so long without it’s normal haircut from the undergardener!
Still flowering is Aster frickartii Monch, now in its third month and shows no sign of stopping. I must buy more for further down the border by the field.
Fuchsia magellanica Alba with an unknown pale pink little aster. All the hardy fuchsias have been flowering since July, they certainly give value for money. The asters in the garden have been flowering for 6 weeks now, except for “Monch” which seems to be flowering for ever!
The colchicums are coming to an end now, they have been rather battered by the wind and rain. Here this clump is supported by a small shrub rose.
Hardy Fuchsia Genii is here in front of the colchicums at the top right. I can also see some feverfew at the top left, this has been flowering all summer long, as long as I deadhead it, it carries on flowering.
All the sedums are flowering and this one has a beautiful bumble bee visiting.
Physostegia is spreading a bit in the central island bed round the dead oak, I think I can move some of it to the border by the field. Here though, it contrast nicely with the Pittosporum Tom Thumb next to it.
Roses are still putting out new flowers, this is a small one in the front, sorry, can’t remember it’s name but I enjoy it’s flowers.
In the bee and butterfly border, Asters are seeding themselves along the bed, I must remember to cut them back before they go to seed this year, the bees are enjoying them though so I will leave them a bit longer. Here they are partnered with Penstemon Garnet which has flowered all summer.
More asters with Sedum this time, they go well together.
Not flowers but I had to include them. I think these toadstools are growing on the roots of the dead oak in the middle of the garden.
I think this is Geranium procurens, it was bought as G. Anne Folkhard, but the way it spreads everywhere makes me think it was mislabelled. In the spring we pull out all that we can see, but when October comes, there it is again, waving at me from the plants that it has used as a support. The problem is that it roots from every node where it touches the soil, so this is one that I have to be severe with!
I was amazed to see Viburnum bodnantense Dawn covered in flowers, I have never seen it flower so early, usually it is in the winter when these beautifully perfumed flowers start opening. The pale pink flowers look so pretty with the leaves that are changing colour before they fall.
Another Viburnum which has its seasons mixed up is Viburnum plicatum Maresii. It has decided to flower again, just as the leaves are turning. The flowers are only half the size of the ones we had in the spring, but it still looks pretty.
My Pampas grass at the back of the border by the field is getting squashed! Poor thing, I must rescue it from the pink flowered Spirea next to it which is now sending up suckers everywhere, even through the base of the pampas.
New flowers are still being formed on a few hydrangeas, they look so fresh and summery against all the other hydrangea flowers, whose colours are now gently fading away.
New flowers are still opening on the clumps of Rudbeckia in the garden. These have been flowering for such a long time now, they certainly earn their space.
A mophead Hydrangea this time, putting out new flowers.
I think these are honeysuckle berries contrasting with the variegated leaves of a Prunus. The trouble is, I don’t remember planting a honeysuckle in this border!
The winged seedpods on Acer Osakazuki are as colourful as flowers so I felt I could include them here. I think I shall sow a few of them and see what comes up.
The seeds of Iris foetidissima are more colourful than the flowers which are unfortunately rather drab. These get spread about the garden by the birds.
Flowering in the woodland where I quite often miss them, is Liriope muscari. These are little flowers, not berries, but I think I must find a place for them where I will be able to see them better.
Mahonia Charity is now adding its lovely flowers to the garden and a slight perfume if the breeze is in the right direction.
Evening primrose is still providing pollen and nectar for the bees. I don’t cut these stems down until the spring as the seedheads bring in lots of goldfinches in the winter. These are such colourful birds, no wonder the collective noun is ” a charm of Goldfinches”.
Still flowering, still being visited by the bees, is Verbena bonariensis. How did we manage without it in the old days?!
Japanese anemones have had a good long flowering time, I see this one has some Brunnera Jack Frost at it’s feet, making a nice contrast.
Another plant that seems to have been flowering for months is Cyclamen hederifolium. They started flowering here at the end of July. This one has very pale leaves, almost silver.
As long as the temperature stays above freezing, Campanula poscharskyana stays flowering, there always seem to be some flowers on each plant somewhere.
One of a few Polyanthus which never seem to stop flowering, they will keep on no matter what the weather throws at them during the winter.
Some free Begonia corms were sent with one of my orders last spring. They aren’t something that I would normally buy, such huge double flowers, but they have filled the pots by the back door and certainly wake me up in the morning when I venture forth with the bird food!
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted once again by Carol at May Dreams Garden, many thanks Carol. Do pop over to visit her and see the flowers that are blooming around the world.
I must say a big “thank you” to all of you who left such lovely comments on my previous post, it is wonderful to have so much support. I have had the undergardener back home for a week now, it’s wonderful to have him back once more and he is looking remarkably well. He hasn’t lost his sense of humour , thank goodness, but now we are just waiting for the results of his biopsy. We have been told that he will then face a spell of radio therapy to shrink the growth, before they remove it. We are taking one day at a time at the moment, enjoying some little treats each day, gardening and housework will just have to wait!