Flowers are getting harder to find in the garden as it is winding down, ready for a rest, but there are flowers still opening at this time of year. Some plants actually choose to start flowering at this time of year and they are more than welcome.
Starting with Mahonia Charity, this is the time of year when it is at its best.
The flowers have just started to open and will keep going for quite some time. My bush has grown quite tall, I think I’ll need to get the loppers out when it has finished flowering.
Another plant that starts flowering just as everything is shutting down is the winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum. This will soon have lots more flowers for me to enjoy.
My cane Begonia by the front door has been wonderful all summer, but I think I’ll have to bring it in soon before frost strikes, I’ll keep it going over the winter in the conservatory.
Geranium Ann Folkard is the only plant now flowering in the border by the drive. It has woven its way through the whole of the border even though I pull most of it out each spring. At this time of year I’m really glad to still have it.
In the border by the field at the side, Viburnum bodnantense Dawn has started flowering and will carry on and off all winter as long as the temperatures stay above freezing.
Another viburnum , this time V. plicatum Maresii, by the dead oak, is having a second flowering at the same time as its leaves are changing colour.
Cyclamen hederifolium are still making the woodland a place I must visit each day. The ones that have jumped through the hedge to the road outside are doing very well, there are now 4 white ones and one pink one, I always slow down to check on them as I’m driving past, just as well that I live in a quiet village!
Liriope muscari in the woodland get better and better as the days go by. I must try some in other shady areas of the garden.
More flowers that will have to come in soon, This Fuchsia has been wonderful all summer long and I have taken cuttings so that I can have more next summer. The Bizzie Lizzies have been really good too.
I can’t praise Fuchsia Delta Sarah enough, she has been wonderful all summer long and now is absolutely fantastic. She has grown so much and has been covered in flowers, in fact all the fuchsias have done really well this year.
These are my ten blooms for October, roses and geraniums are still flowering, along with quite a few other plants, so any bees and butterflies that are still flying around the garden will find pollen and nectar for quite a while yet.
Do pay Chloris at The Blooming Garden a visit to see other blooms that are braving the cooler weather at the moment.