The flowers keep coming, but I think with our colder weather coming from Russia at the moment, they will now slow down. There is no doubt that it is autumn, the sun is lower in the sky, night time temperatures have dropped even though daytime temperatures are holding up. Today I brought all my plants in that have to come in to survive, we still haven’t had frost yet, but it can’t be long before we do.
This Hydrangea under the kitchen window is still putting out new blooms, a few were cut for part of the decoration for church last week.
New flowers are opening up on both the Mahonias that are here. One was cut right back in the spring, so that one just has a couple of token flowers, I think this one will need pruning next year as it is getting rather large.
A large bush of Hypericum Hidcote seems to have flowers for such a long time, another shrub that is in need of a hair cut!
Re-blooming is this lovely Malva which seeds very gently round the garden, wherever it pops up, it seems just right.
The poor Pampas grass by the field is getting squashed in it’s corner, I must get rid of a few plants either side of it as it can’t be seen properly and the number of plumes is diminishing.
This Verbena just goes on and on flowering, once it starts, it doesn’t want to stop.
Yes, I know I have just done a post about them, but new buds appear overnight and they look as fresh now as they did a few weeks ago when they first started flowering.
Flowering in the woodland at the moment is Liriope muscari. At long last it has started spreading, I must have planted it at least 15 yrs ago, hoping it would form ground cover, but until now it has just sat there, not increasing at all. Colchicums would look nice growing through this I think.
Honesty seedheads in the woodland stand out from everything around them.
Lovely big, blowsy Delta Sarah, this bush is hardy and grows so well, I have taken cuttings of it so that I can have a few more in the garden.
The Rudbeckia has been flowering for such a long time now adding splashes of sunshine to the garden, I can’t help smiling when I look at them. The tiny splash of white in the top left corner is Lysimachia ephemerum, I’m not sure which is invading which, but I will be moving some of the rudbeckia for elsewhere in the garden, by next spring.
More Rose buds are still being produced and are opening, for how much longer I wonder?
Geum Totally Tangerine was cut right back at the end of summer, but now it is putting up lots of buds. a few are flowering, making a nice splash of colour.
Popping up through foliage of Pulmonaria, are a few geranium flowers which look nice borrowing the foliage of its neighbour.
The small Myrtle tree in the bed at the centre of the garden is covered with lovely tiny white flowers. This is the third month that this little tree has been flowering.
This Viburnum will flower on and off all through the winter, depending on the weather. If the temperature falls below Zero C then the flowers will go brown and shrivel, but as soon as the temperatures rise just a little, more buds will open.
Just the plain ordinary Sedum, but the butterfly doesn’t mind.
The Japanese anemones are almost over now, just a few flowers left peeping through the foliage of Acer Osakazuki, it will be another month before this tree gets its autumn finery.
In the Bee and Butterfly border, a wild seedling of an Aster is a bee magnet and here it is contrasting with the lovely colour of the leaves of Cornus Westonbirt. More photos of that when it is Foliage Day next week.
This rose is over the archway into the woodland. It has been flowering all summer, having started in June, amazing considering it is in shade all day.
This little Aster is pale pink, even though the camera has made it look white. This will be moved to the border by the field to join others to make a late summer border.
I will finish with this photo of a beautiful dark red rose, darker than she looks here and with the most divine perfume!
This is my contribution for Octobers Bloom Day which is kindly hosted each month by Carol at May Dreams Garden, do please pay her a visit to see other flowers that are blooming at the moment.
You still have so much variety in your garden Pauline. Some good planning, I can see. And coupled with your mild weather there is plenty of green foliage still as well. I especially love the photo of the aster that has seeded itself in front of the cornus – nature’s own beautiful combination!
Sometimes Nature is the best gardener Cathy and sometimes I just let her carry on! Yes, we still have lots of green, but there is definitely a golden glow to the garden now as the plants start to wind down.
I like your myrtle, what a good do-er if it blooms for so long. I thought they were on the tender side. I was interested in your comment about the Liriope too, because I had in mind getting some as ground cover for the bank.
I planted my Myrtle Jessica, when we first moved here, not knowing that they are not really hardy in this country, ignorance was bliss! I will try moving some of my Liriope and see if grows better with some better soil.
You still have such beautiful flowers in your garden! I love your pictures!
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Lovely to hear from you Sofie, I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos of the flowers.
I tried to leave a message on your blog but couldn’t find anywhere to click to leave my message?!
The colors in your fall blooms are just spectacular, so full of joy. I think that in general most gardeners are saying that this has been a pretty special year; I do sense that fall is starting to arrive…It is still pretty special to sit on the porch swing and enjoy the world, but it does take a bit of hot tea now to enjoy the afternoon sun.
Thank you Charlie, I think any flowers now are pretty special! It is too cold to sit in the garden now, even with a cup of tea, we must wrap the furniture up soon for winter!
I always appreciate it when bloggers share photos of their pretty roses, since I don’t grow any. You still have plenty of flowers. The season here is winding down as well.
Roses should continue to put out the odd flower Alison as long as it doesn’t freeze, but soon it will be time to cut them back, then that will be the end of the flowers for this year.
Your garden is still filled with fresh and lovely flowers Pauline. Your Charlotte is such a beautiful color.
Each flower is precious Susie, at this time of year. R. Charlotte was mis-labelled when I bought it at David Austin’s Nursery. It was in tight bud, but I bought it as it was labelled Charles Renee Macintosh which is pink/lilac colour. I rang the nursery when the buds opened and told them what colour it was, they apologised, sent me the one I wanted, said they were next to each other on the cutting bench. They then told me to keep Charlotte and now I wouldn’t be without her!
Those Myrtle flowers are beautiful, and you have so many other lovelies left in your garden, it must be hard to think of even the remote possibility of frost. Happy GBBD, Pauline!
The Myrtle tree is doing so well this year Anna, it is covered in tiny flowers and looks so pretty. We usually have our first frost by 15th October so the garden is now living on borrowed time!
Oh my. Pauline, there are so many blooms in your autumn garden. Your roses are amazing and I’m thrilled to see that you still have colchicum! Mine are finished for the year and am wondering if there are other varieties that would extend their season as I also love them!
I’m sure there must be different varieties of Colchicum Peter, that would extend the season for you, I would have to look them up. Roses seem to carry on, no matter what the weather is doing, we will probably still get a few until Christmas, then it will be time to cut them back.
Oh lots of seasonal beauties there, Pauline – and I was pleased to read about Snow Goose flowering since June. Mine has just put on a small second flush, but is still settling in so that is something to look forward to! How dry is the part of your woodland where your liriope is?
ps sadly, still no email alerts for your posts (none since August) and I have ‘resubscribed’ 3 times… 🙁 Does it show up on your blog that I am following you? There is no alternative shown to following by email – should there be?
Snow Goose has been wonderful, keeping going all these months Cathy, not masses of flowers at one time, but just a few which are visible from the house.
The woodland is dry in the summer where I have the Liriope because all the huge trees take any available moisture, but in the winter it gets plenty of rain.
I have e.mailed my son again but no reply so far as I’m afraid, as to why you aren’t getting e.mails from me. Others that were affected in August seem to be getting them now.
Your garden is an endless source of inspiration! So many beautiful plants. I do wish I had Malva popping up in my garden, Your iceberg rose and the myrtle are my favourites this week.xxx
Thank you Dina, you’re so kind! The little Malva is a pretty plant and so welcome where it pops up. I think it’s because the compost isn’t hot enough to kill seeds, so when I spread the compost, the seeds are spread too!
Your Mahonia looks stunning, Pauline, look at all those buds! You’re in for a great show. I’ve the same experience with Liriope but you give me hope, all I need is more patience. The colchicums are long gone here. Tell me, does your pampas grass flower like this every year and how do you take care of it? I pop back next week to check. Happy autumn days and enjoy your beautiful garden 🙂
Many thanks Annette, I think flowers in these darker days are so precious.
The Pampas grass does flower every year, but usually with a lot more plumes. There is a Spirea next to it, unfortunately it has now started to put out runners and they are coming up in the middle of the pampas., the Spirea will have to go! All I do is cut the plumes down in the spring, apart from that it has to cope by itself. One year just after we had cut the plumes down and left them at the back of the border, a squirrel decided that the flower head was just what it needed to line its nest! It dragged it across the garden by the stalk and we watched amazed as it then ran up the tree and started pushing it in a hole, it took quite a time, but managed it in the end!
I am stunned by how much you have in flower – amazing! So impressed – and I do hope a lot of it holds up through the deteriorating weather that’s predicted (and probably predictable, big sigh). Stunning!
I love how late flowers light up the garden at this time of year Kate, I must make a whole border just for late flowers. After all I have a couple of spring borders and summer borders, so a late border is long overdue! So far we haven’t had any rain for a long time, dare I say it, but we do need some!