We were warned by the weathermen that our summer was coming to an end and the first Autumn storm was approaching. Some of the flowers are looking pretty wet, but in a rare splash of sunlight when the rain stopped for a while, I took the opportunity to dash out to whizz round the garden for the photos for this post. This first photo is of Fuchsia magellanica by the back door which has been flowering for such a long time now.
The white Hydrangea under the kitchen window seems to have been flowering for months now, it will carry on for a while yet. The cotoneaster horizontalis behind is covered with berries at the moment, but they won’t last long once the blackbirds discover them.
In the front border, Eupatorium purpureum atropurpureum is so much smaller than last year when we had non stop rain all summer. Last year the bees and butterflies couldn’t leave it alone, it was a feeding frenzy each day. This year, nothing. I have only seen a few bees feeding on it, the butterflies have stayed loyal to all my buddlejas.
Rudbeckia Goldsturm has been showing patches of yellow in various borders, they will be so much better when the clumps increase, but some I ought to split in the spring. There are always lots of bees are visiting the flowers whenever I pass.
Rosa Bonica is still putting on a show of flowers. This rose has flowered non stop since June and there are still loads of buds to open.
Sedum Autumn Joy never lets me down, reliable as clockwork. It might be an old variety but it’s just as good as it ever was.
Echinacea Grand Master is drawing in the bees in the side border by the field. These plants were new this year, so hopefully the clumps will expand for next year. This is another good bee and butterfly plant.
I have put a few dahlias in the side border by the field, this one is the well known Bishop of Llandaff, making a bright spot of red in the left hand side of the bed.
Further up the border are a few pink dahlias, very nice, but why so many flies everywhere? This one is Classic Rosamund
Rosa The Countryman still putting forth new flowers, as are the rest of our roses.
Lily Black Beauty still strutting its stuff in the border by the field. I forgot to stake this lily and it is flopping everywhere, mustn’t forget next year.
Thank goodness, a different colour, everything was getting a bit too pink for my liking! Dahlia classic Swan Lake, this flower has more petals than the others, I wonder why ? still in the border by the field.
Rudbeckia Irish Eyes very small at the moment, I think I need to move this to the Bee and Butterfly border in the front as it won’t be able to grow to its full potential here.
Some of the roses stopped flowering while we were having our heatwave in the summer but now that we have had a fair bit of rain, they are all starting again, this is The Dark Lady.
I like this combination even though it is flopping a bit. The aster is A. frikartii Monch which contrasts with Rudbeckia Goldsturm. Holding the aster up is a sedge which thankfully doesn’t seed everywhere here, I believe it can be a nuisance in lighter soil.
Verbena bonariensis just goes on and on and on, to the bees delight.
With golden foliage, Fuchsia genii contrasts with the planting round it.
Another plant which says Autumn to me is the Colchicum. These bulbs multiply quickly so I am able to spread some into shady areas each year.
In the alpine scree, Perovskia is now flowering, again, I always think of this as an autumnal plant because of the spiders webs that adorn the flowers in September just as they open.
Fuchsia Delta Sarah seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year, even though it is cut to the ground every spring.
I can see that much weeding is needed on the alpine scree, the leaves at the front belong to violets, they pop up everywhere. Sedum matrona is a nice dainty variety which stays nice and small and doesn’t flop.
Erigeron karvinskianus is beginning to take over the paving near the back door. I must try moving some next spring into some pots on the balcony.
Dahlia Chat Noir is a good taller variety of Dahlia, new to me this year, but I have been pleased with the number of flowers that it has produced.
Pontederia seems to be spreading in the pond, control must be re-instated!
My favourite grass is Stipa gigantea which looks wonderful when backlit by the sun. It is a Spanish oat and I’m sure would prefer soil which is much drier than mine but it makes a beautiful fountain at the end of the border round the dead oak.
More Cyclamen hederifolium are opening each day. My previous post was about them, maybe I photographed them too soon because there are so many more flowering in the woodland now, such a tiny, pretty, autumnal flower.
The garden has changed a lot in the last month, we have had a fair amount of rain which has made everything look a lot happier after our extremely dry summer, but I think some plants are giving up for this year and closing down early. We have had misty mornings with spiders webs everywhere and some autumn tints on some foliage, but that will have to wait for Foliage Day next week.
Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD once more, do pay a visit to see what is blooming round the world.