October seems to be flying by, the days are getting cooler, the nights getting longer but there are still plenty of flowers shining in the garden. Gales have made rather a mess of some plants and the garden in general, but even so, it is still worth a wander round just to see what there is. This first one is Fuchsia Genii which I forgot to include in my post about Fuchsias, they are all still flowering madly.
Clematis Pagoda is still hanging in there and putting out a few new flowers. It makes a difference that the frost a few nights ago missed our garden but others a few miles away but lower down in a valley, were completely covered in white.
Chives are still determined to flower, during the summer they get used to decorate salads, but hot food needed now that the temperature has dropped.
Angelica gigas is now just finishing, the flowers are a magnet for the bees and the huge leaves have been marvellous in the border all summer.
This must be the last of the foxgloves. The original stem grew to over 8 ft and was then cut back to encourage more flowers, lots of side shoots came and this is the last of them.
Lysimachia ephemerum has been flowering for months now, the clump has spread a lot this year so I think we can split it ready for next year.
Woodland plant, Kirengeshoma palmata is always late to flower in a shady border, lovely yellow bells brighten up a dark corner.
Couldn’t believe it when the Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica, started flowering again.
Late flowering bulbs include Colchicums, which suddenly seem to appear from nowhere, their leaves die down in the early summer and there is no sign of them until now. From just 5 bulbs we now have 4 large areas of these bulbs, they multiply so quickly.
And this is the view of the interior.
Various asters are doing ever so well, flowering for such a long time and feeding any passing bee that still ventures out in the cooler weather.
The common myrtle tree, Myrtus communis, has flowered its socks off this autumn, has been covered in tiny flowers for months now, keeping all the bees happy.
This geranium is a thug!! It was bought as Anne Folkard but I think it is Geranium procurrens. Anne Folkard should have more yellow leaves and be well behaved! I pull all but one plant out each year, but every autumn we have it everywhere in the front border, it puts out such long shoots and roots as soon as it touches the soil. This is one plant that doesn’t get given to friends, they wouldn’t stay friends for long!! Although a few years ago when we had the garden open for the NGS a gentleman asked me for a piece, I reluctantly gave him a few pieces but told him that they came with a health warning, hope he has never regretted it!
A crab spider is lying in wait on Gaillardia Burgundy, hope it isn’t waiting for a passing bee, they are precious!
Lots of roses are still flowering away with loads of flowers, this one is Geoff Hamilton and is still putting out new buds.
The last one for this month is my pampas grass, Cortaderia, I think my variety is ‘ pumilla’ which is a bit smaller than the norm and therefore stands up better to the winds that we have.
By next month I think I will be searching for flowers, especially if frosts arrive in our part of Devon. Living on the side of a hill has its advantages, frost tends to just roll past, down through the village to the stream where gardens nearby do suffer long before ours.