Some of the garden is still looking stressed after our really hot, dry summer, but in certain areas there are delights to be found, plants that are doing really well, or even doing much better than usual. The first is my Amelanchier lamarckii which I must have planted at least 20 years ago as a very small tree.
Amelanchier lamarckii, at its best yet.
All the books say that it has wonderful colour in the autumn, until this year it was always a disappointment with just a few slightly red leaves.
This year it is amazing, hardly recognizeable as the same tree.
They show up beautifully against the dark background .
I’m assuming the wonderful colour has come because of the hot summer we have had.
Our last really hot summer was in 1976, which I remember well. I hope I don’t have to wait so long for my tree to colour up so well in the future!
I noticed the other day that it is colchicum time once again.
They are looking so fresh and spring like, I really must get more and must put them in a sunny spot in the woodland to keep the cyclamen company.
Usually slugs and snails cause them to flop over, but fingers crossed, so far, so good.
These were just a few bulbs taken from the original clump, these have increased nicely, but the others have dwindled, why I wonder.
The fuchsia family has done well, this Delta Sarah.
Fuchsia Whiteknights Blush.
The erigeron which has planted itself at the base of the house wall has gone mad this year and there are seedlings popping up everywhere.
Grasses have done ever so well, this one is Miscanthus Silberfedder.
Miscanthus malepartus has the most beautiful burgundy coloured flower spikes, they will end up pale buff, but I’m enjoying their colour at the moment.
I think Stipa gigantea is my favourite, with the sun behind it, it is breathtaking.
Yes, I love this one, just like spun gold!
The cyclamen in the woodland are still making a lovely show, looking very pretty indeed.
Not quite open yet, my variegated Yucca has put up a beautiful flower spike. I don’t think it will be very long before the lovely flowers open. This is another plant that has obviously enjoyed the hot summer.
Rain is forecast for this week, the garden will be pleased and so will I, as I must get some planting done before winter comes. The soil at the moment is still so dry and hard, it needs softening with some much needed rain.
Do you have lots of plants that have relished our long hot summer?