Some plants in the garden have been flowering their socks off all summer. The roses and erigeron started in June and the fuchsias in July. The roses have had a short break now and then but the other two have flowered non stop for months.With all the torrential rain that we had so often over the summer, sometimes flooding the patio for hours at a time, I’m really amazed that the erigeron has survived, never mind flowering for so long.
Next to the erigeron is Fuchsia Delta Sarah, another plant that has flowered ever since July. I love this one with its blue ballet skirt and just look at those tiny feet with their red shoes!
Fuchsia magellanica alba isn’t really ‘ alba’ at all, more very pale pink outside and very pale lavender inside. Every spring this gets cut back rather hard because it grows so much in just a few months, ending up well over 6ft.
Fuchsia Whiteknights Blush grows to about 4ft after cutting back and is always absolutely smothered with delightful pale pink flowers all summer.
This might look similar to magellanica, but the flowers are a bit more chubby and the bush itself is a lot smaller. I confess I have lost the name, but at one time the Queen’s gardener was the only person in the country to grow it. I bought it from a Fuchsia nursery in North Devon who held the National Collection of Fuchsias. He said he had swopped it for 5 of his unusual ones with the gardener at Balmoral, quite a good pedigree then!
The light these days is much softer, not that we had much of a harsh glare from the sun this summer! With the softer light all the roses seem to be glowing, they really stand out. Rosa Bonica is by the back door and the first flower that I see when coming down in the morning, it has never been without flowers for 4 months now.
Iceberg has flowered this year as never before, there are 6 bushes in the bed leading to the circular lawn and I was seriously thinking about getting rid of them as they have never been very good, until this year that is! Maybe they have earned themselves a reprieve.
The climber William Morris is such a beautiful peach coloured rose that we have growing up the house at the back. It is rather vigorous and someone gets scratched every time he cleans the windows! A beautiful perfume is an added extra.
My mother’s favourite rose in the garden here, Brother Cadfael, which is a lovely pink that contrasts with the leaves which have a hint of purple about them. Mind you it could have been her favourite rose because she loved the TV programme ‘ Brother Cadfael ‘ the series about a medieval monk, I think in the Shropshire area!
The rose Sharifa Asma is in the front garden between the house and the garage. Managed to catch this one bespeckled with the early morning dew, the perfume that this one has is absolutely divine!
Gertrude Jekyll, where would we be without her! A truly fantastic rose with a perfume to match, all my David Austin roses were chosen for their perfume as well as their good looks! This rose is growing in front of a purple berberis bush and the pink of the rose goes beautifully with the foliage of the berberis, they are made for each other.
A truly lovely shrub rose, Buff Beauty, just flowers on and on and on all summer long, there are always some buds to pick for the house. This shrub rose was already here when we moved in but has been moved a couple of times, I think its happy where it is now so I’ll leave it alone from now on.
The weather has now taken a turn for the worse, with gales and torrential rain, thank goodness most of it overnight. Roads are once again flooded, not in our village fortunately , and railway lines closed due to flooding , sounds like summer all over again!! Leaves are starting to come down, with all the rain that we’ve had for months, all the trees have been able to put on a lot more growth with about 3 times as many leaves. Oh, joy of joys, that means 3 times as many leaves to sweep up when they all start falling!