When I first came downstairs this morning and looked out of the kitchen window, there was a wonderful sunrise to greet me.
So beautiful, but it doesn’t last long does it. Anyway, on to the business of photographing flowers for this months GBBD hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden.
This is the time of year when the few grasses that I have are at their best. Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus isn’t as tall as it usually is, probably due to lack of rain this summer, not something I can normally say!
But I think we had rain overnight, for the water droplets to be caught by the strands on the flowerheads.
The Pampas Grass is a shadow of its former self, is this the weather or is it because it is getting rather hemmed in by other plants, I think I will have to give it more room next year.
Stipa gigantea has as many stalks as usual but they are not as tall as they usually are, normally it is quite a bit taller than I am, but not this year.
Most of my dahlias have finished flowering except this white one. They were all new this year so have a bit of bulking up to do, I think I need to water and fertilize them more than I did if I want to have a display like the ones at Haddon Lake House in my previous post.
Hydrangeas are still flowering, even putting out new flowers, this one is under our kitchen window. I think the rain that we have had in the past few weeks is making them bloom again.
Roses are still opening new flowers, non more so than R. Bonica which never seems to stop, it has flowered non stop since June, even through the hot weather we had this summer.
Sedum are adding their pink flowers to the autumn borders, providing much needed pollen and nectar for any bees and butterflies that are in the garden.
Asters have been strutting their stuff for a while now, all looking good in the autumn sunlight, this is Aster f. Monch, the bees have loved them.
Rudbeckia has also been flowering for such a long time, can it carry on much longer? The yellow daisy flowers are so cheerful, even on a dull day, they make you think the sun is shining.
Where would we be without Verbena bonariensis, now a stalwart of present day gardening. It flowers for so long, starting in early summer and carrying on until the frosts, encouraging bees and butterflies into our gardens.
Seeding gently round the garden like the Verbena above is Feverfew. We are never without it, it never becomes a nuisance on our heavy clay and lifts the planting around it.
In the woodland, Cyclamen hederifolium are still twinkling out from under bushes and in dark corners……
……the white ones show up especially well. The leaves with their beautiful patterns are joining the flowers, they should hopefully be good for GBFD next week.
Campanula portenschlagiana has flowered on and off in various places, not stopping, no matter what the weather.
All the hardy fuchsia bushes were late starting to flower, but they have made up for it since then by being covered with flowers, and no sign of them stopping yet.
But the definite star of the garden at the moment is our Yucca variegata which has sent up a beautifully tall flower stem. This is planted on the alpine scree so it has the good drainage that it needs.
I was hoping it would flower this year, with us having more sunshine than usual, but I’m wondering how the flowers get pollinated as the individual flowers don’t open up very much. Do you have a flower that is the star of your garden at the moment?
There are lots of flowers out in the garden, but they are spread around, one or two here, a couple more there. This is confirming that I must make a border that will be at its peak at this time of year, just like the wonderful gardens that we visited last week!