September is halfway through already, it is darker in the evenings and there is definitely an air of autumn about the garden. Misty mornings which then turn into beautiful sunny days are the norm at the moment and will be for a while longer if the weather forecasters are to be believed. Some flowers are having a last mad fling before the onset of cooler weather, some are flowering again , but smaller, where they were cut back earlier. Some though are just starting to flower, as now is their time to be the centre of attention.
One of my favourite grasses at this time of year, forming a beautiful 7ft fountain is Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus, the flower spikes are so beautiful.
I love it at this stage while they are so purple, although they will eventually fade to beige before being cut off next February.
Stipa gigantea has been strutting its stuff for so many months now. The flower spikes emerge in May and by June it is looking like this. Eventually the winds in the winter will batter it and then is the time to cut it down. When the sun shines through it, the flowers are just like spun gold.
Verbena bonariensis just goes on and on, it never seems to stop. It has gently seeded itself round the garden and I think it has appeared in all the different borders, quite often putting itself in places where I would never have thought of putting it.
Rudbeckia Goldsturm is flowering on and on and on, there are a few areas in the garden where I have planted this and they always make me smile as I walk past, they look like patches of sunshine, even when it isn’t shining.
Hardy fuchias are one of the reliable late summer/autumn flowers. I seem to have planted quite a few, but this one, F. Delta Sarah, makes such a statement, a large bush with large flowers. Usually the flowers on hardy fuchsias are smaller and thinner, but with Delta Sarah they are the size of the tender fuchsia flowers.
The Sedum flowerheads are just starting to colour up now and attract any passing bees and butterflies. Asters are also now starting to flower, I’ve just been to have a look but unfortunately the label is missing for the aster.
This little area by the field has had interest for a long time now. The rose is Rosa The Dark Lady, with Aster frickartii Monch which has been flowering for well over a month already and Rudbeckia Goldsturm.
Colchicums are now flowering in a few areas in the garden, I think I will move some to the woodland as I think they will look nice with the cyclamen hederifolium that are already there. Fortunately they increase very well, so each year I always have some bulbs that can be moved elsewhere.
A big blowsy Begonia in one of my tubs by the back door. I would never have bought any this size, but it was a free gift when ordering other bulbs from J Parker last year! It certainly makes a splash of colour so will probably get planted again next year.
Most of the roses are flowering again, these are buds of Shropshire Lad just about to open.
Rosa Buff Beauty in the front garden, has been grown from a cutting from the one that I have in the back garden. I think this one in the front does better than the one in the back, it is in more sun.
Solidago or Golden Rod is flowering at the back of the border by the field. I can’t remember the name of this one, it is a hybrid, not the wild one, this one is fairly well behaved!
Primula aurantiaca in the bog garden, has got its seasons mixed up, it shouldn’t be flowering now at all, spring is the time for this to flower!
Linaria has spread through the garden, I have never bought it, it just arrived and also, so has the pink Canon Went. I don’t know where it came from but I’m ever so glad it came and decided to stay.
Physostegia is in the bed around the dead oak, gently spreading which is nice. Some that has spread where it shouldn’t can be moved to the bed by the field.
Still in the bed around the dead oak, Clematis Etoille Violet is still flowering. It has flowered so much this summer, escaping from its tripod, scaling the Myrtle and up into the stems of Rosa Mulligani . I must remember to reward it with a handful of fertiliser next year.
All the buddleias are flowering again, they did stop for a while when we were having our drought. I had deadheaded them, but they took such a long time to produce more flowers again.
My Japanese anemones are not increasing as much as I would like, but the flowers that I do have are such a pure white, they’re beautiful. I think this one is Whirlwind.
In the slope by the alpine scree are the bulbs of Tulbaghia, the flowers are smaller than in this photo, altogether a nice dainty plant.
Also near the alpine scree is Tritonia rosea, it is similar to a crocosmia and at one time was in the Crocosmia family. According to my encyclopedia it is only half hardy, but mine have been in the ground for at least 15 years.
Sedum Matrona is now flowering on the scree and contrasting with everything around it.
Caryopteris Heavenly Blue is just getting into its stride now, I always like blue at this time of year to contrast with all the yellows, pinks and purples.
Another blue is Nigella which has decided to delay flowering till now. Most of the seed that I sprinkled flowered much earlier, so this one is a latecomer to the party.
The lovely tassels on the Leycestaria formosa attract the blackbirds who jump up for the berries that are formed between the layers of bracts. Bees enjoy the flowers earlier in the year and the blackbirds spread the seed from the berries, so I have little bushes popping up everywhere!
Penstemon garnet has been flowering all summer long. This is such a reliable plant in my Bee and Butterfly garden, the bees love it.
I think this is Geranium procurrens, it was bought a G. Ann Folkard, but the way it rampages through the border means that it definitely isn’t. Each spring we pull out all that we can see, but obviously we miss some because at the time of year, each year, there it is again, the flowers twinkling at me through all the other flowers! Somehow it has worked its way through to the back garden where it is dealt with more thoroughly.
Last, but definitely not least are some of the cyclamen in the woodland. These are a real flower of autumn, but mine started flowering in July, a little premature! I think I will try collecting and sowing a few seeds this year, I’ll see if I can do as good a job as the ants do. I seem to be getting more white cyclamen flowers as the years go by, the effect of them all in the woodland is reminding me of all the snowdrops that will be here in just over 3 months time!!!
Even though summer has theoretically finished and autumn begun, there are still summer flowers blooming away in the garden, mixing with the plants that I always consider autumn flowers. The effect is a much more subdued palette of colours, or is it that the sun is lower in the sky and is therefore much kinder to the plants than when it is overhead in June/ July. Whatever it is, I like it.
Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD on the 15th of each month. Do please pay her a visit and see what is flowering around the world.