After another week of rain, when the gardener couldn’t come and cut the grass, plants are still coping, flowering as usual, the threatened frost didn’t arrive here in this part of Devon, so everything is carrying on as normal. It is still warm for this time of year, but colours are changing on all the acers now, as nights are a lot cooler and this makes the green colour fade away and show the underlying colours. Even so, my six for this week do not show any of my acers, I’ll save them for another week.
I was reading somewhere that you can cut the foliage of Iris unguicularis back at about this time of year , so that the flowers show up better when they eventually flower in the winter. Imagine my surprise when I approached my plant under the dining room window, secateurs at the ready and found that I was too late, it was already flowering! I have never known it to flower this early before.
Then of course I had to go to the driveway border where I.u.Walter Butt is living, and sure enough, he was flowering too!
My cherry tree by the gateway is having a final fling before the leaves drop. This poor tree is not at all happy, it now sits in flood water in the winter and is just a shadow of its former self, 3/4 has died already and I really should get it dug out. Eventually the whole border will need redoing as it is far too wet for the plants that have been happy there for over 30 yrs.
Years ago I planted what I bought as Geranium Ann Folkard, but I now think is G. procurrens, as it is trying to take over the driveway border each year. Every year I pull out most of it, and every year it pops up throughout the border at this time of year and waves to me!
Much better behaved than the aformentioned geranium is G. Rozanne, so well behaved and such a long flowering season, super plant.
Asters are still flowering away, this is a seedling of a much smaller white one that I bought, but it still looks lovely weaving through my borders.
While bringing in my salvias last weekend, to try and avoid the frost that didn’t come, I found S. Love and Wishes had only just started flowering, I hope she isn’t always this late!
Iris foetidissima is shining out of the darkness of the woodland where it seems very happy. The flowers earlier in the year are easily missed, but now is its moment of glory when masses of gorgeous orange berries are formed, you can’t miss them! This plant has so many berries , the stems are almost horizontal.
There are still lots to find in the garden, even though the flowers are now getting fewer, the autumnal colours and berries are taking over when I go wandering round trying to find things of interest to photograph. We escaped the worst of Storm Babet, thank goodness, but I feel for the people further north, especially those is Scotland who seem to have got the worst of it.
Thanks to Jim once more at Garden Ruminations, if you want to see more gardens from around the world, you know where to find them!