There are too many signs of autumn, I feel that summer is slipping away fast. With all the heat that we had over the summer, the flowers are over almost before they have opened up. Thank goodness the temperatures are now lower and that we have been having lots of rain, which the garden certainly needed.
Starting in the front by the bee and butterfly border, the butterflies are busy every day on the Eupatorium purpureum atropurpureum, this grows to about 8ft tall and at least 6ft wide and is a magnet for the bees and butterflies.
Still in the front, the Agapanthus have been visited by lots of bees.
Also keeping the bees happy is a group of Penstemon Garnet. This is such a reliable flower, it flowers all summer long until the frosts as long as it is deadheaded regularly. I must take more cuttings so that I can spread it round the garden.
By the front door, in shade all day, is a pink mophead Hydrangea. This is rather huge now but seems quite happy in the spot where it is, I’m assuming it stays pink because being so close to the house, the soil must be more alkaline than elsewhere in the garden.
Moving round to the rose garden, between the house and gardage, the roses are all now flowering again, thanks to all the rain. They looked so miserable in all the heat, this part of the garden is in sun all day long, so there was no respite for them. This is just a few of the roses out at the moment.
Moving round to the border by the field there are lots of happy sunshine flowers belonging to the Rudbeckia family.
Leaning to catch some light behind the dead oak is Lythrum which likes a damp spot. The underground stream which is mainly where the bog garden is on the other side of the garden, emerges behind the oak before vanishing behind the garage.
By the field is the Cardoon which I nearly lost. It was only found when we cut a conifer back as it was coming too far forward, when found it was only about 6 inches tall. It has taken it 2 years to grow to its proper height of 6 ft. The bumble bees love to wallow in the purple pollen.
Double feverfew is flowering again after being cut back, we have so much of this throughout the garden, that the garden looked so dead and dry until it was cut back.
Still in the border by the field is Rudbeckia Herbstonne, but I don’t think it is very happy. I’m going to move it in the autumn to the Bee and Butterfly border where the soil will be much better for it, then hopefully it will grow to it’s proper size of six feet instead of the 3 ft it is now.
Up at the top of the border is Aster frickartii Monch, a good one that flowers all summer long. This grows quite tall and flops through the plants around it where it looks lovely.
Crocosmia Solfaterre is still flowering and contrasts with the the previous aster which flops over it. The flowers also look good with their own khaki coloured leaves.
A lacecap Hydrangea under the pergola coped with the heat very well and didn’t seem stressed at all.
Part of the clematis Etoille Violette has gone up the apple tree, but part has now decided to behave and come across the beam of the pergola, this is such a good “doer” !
White Clematis Abundance with tiny flowers of C. Mary Rose are still putting out lots more flowers, so flowering will continue for a while yet.
On the opposite upright is Clematis flora plena purpurea. This has made an escape bid up the Bramley apple tree so the flowers are up there amongst all the apples.
To the left of the pergola is Hydrangea paniculata which has cones similar to a buddleia.
Acanthus mollis has now finished flowering by the pond, but the spires are still looking good architecturally so I will leave them for now, but must cut them down before they can spill their seed everywhere!
Pontaderia is actually in the pond and spreading far too much, so work is needed to split it when flowering has finished. It must have burst out of its basket and is enjoying its freedom.
In the bog garden, I have an unknown crocosmia. It is only small, about 2 ft tall, but I would not plant a crocosmia in the wettest part of the garden. C. Lucifer is only about 6ft away. by the gate into the pond area, so I think he may be to blame, is it one of his seeds do you think? When it has finished flowering, I will move it to somewhere a bit drier.
My favourite grass, Stipa gigantea which looks so lovely in the sunshine, billowing in the breeze, making a nice contrast with the clipped box.
The common Myrtle has made a small tree at the side of the dead oak. Ignorance was bliss when I planted it after a holiday in Crete where we saw some beauties. I think this is the only one which is hardy here and it seems very happy even though the soil in this area is quite damp.
There is Verbena bonariensis all over the garden. The problem is that there is one here, one there and one elsewhere, I think I need to get a few of them together to make more of a statement, maybe then the bees and butterflies would use them more as a feeding station.
Moving round almost into the back garden now is Rudbeckia again, but this time keeping company with Lysimachia ciliata Firecracker. This was given the Chelsea chop this year as it grows too tall in our soil then flops everywhere.It is now about half the height it normally is and it has so many side shoots, all flowering so I must remember to do this every year.
In the back now, the Japanese anemones have started flowering. It took them a good few years before they obviously felt happy, but now there’s no stopping them.
When I go into the woodland, it feels really autumnal, with all the Horse Chestnut leaves on the ground among lots of Cyclamen hederifolium. I seem to have far more white flowers than pink ones, the ants are spreading the seed everywhere. Lots of them are single flowers so in a few years time the corms should be big enough for lots more flowers on each one.
The Perovskia has been tumbled by the wind, I hope it rights itself eventually. I think I will have to move it, as it is sending out lots of underground runners and will soon take over the alpine scree if I’m not careful.
All the hardy Fuchsias are flowering away, this one is Delta Sarah and grows rather large over the summer. I must take cuttings of this one as I’m sure I can find a home for some more.
Fuchsia Genii is by the back door, more cuttings needed as I would like it in the opposite border as a link between the sunrise and sunset borders. The foliage starts out golden then turns green over the summer.
Little Erigeron isn’t so little any more, it is taking over, seeding into the cracks of the paving by the house. I must move some or I will be tripping over them and I don’t think I want any more visits to the hospital!
Astilbes have been given a second wind with all the rain we have had lately and are looking happy once more. They didn’t like our hot, sunny, dry spell at all, some of the foliage turned to a crisp. They look a lot better now that the old foliage has been cut away and they are now flowering once more.
That is about the sum of all the flowers in the garden at the moment. I planted quite a few Echinacea in the border by the field last year, unfortunately they all disappeared over the winter so I think the answer is to grow more from seed, as there isn’t much flowering there at the moment.
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