With summer only really arriving in September this year, flowers seem to have gone into overdrive, almost as if they want to make up for lost time. If we start with the Clematis Alba Luxuriens on the pergola, this is now putting out lots more fresh flowers, in spite of flowering for such a long time over the summer months when it was cold and wet.
Clematis viticella Mary Rose is up the same post on the pergola, usually they twine together, but this year each seems to be doing its own thing, one going one way and the other in the opposite direction.
Just one Hosta has decided to put out some extra flowers while all the others are finished and have been deadheaded.
My favourite Miscanthus is Malepartus. The flowers come through the most delicious deep purple, slowly shaking themselves free, when they look as if someone has been at them with a crimping iron. Eventually they fade to beige but to start with they are delightful.
One of my recent purchases to boost the food for bees and butterflies is Gaillardia Burgundy, hadn’t realised that spiders would appreciate it too!
Lovely little Tulbaghia flowering on the alpine scree looking almost spring like, one of the few late flowering bulbs that I have.
I think this is another late flowering bulb, a Watsonia, but I’ve forgotten which one, sorry! they obviously like where I’ve put them because they are increasing nicely, soon be able to move some elsewhere in the garden.
The plant of Fennel is by the back door so that it is handy for cutting for cooking during the summer months, soon we will be harvesting the seeds, also for cooking during the winter
Fuchsia Delta Sarah is now huge, arching over the paving, just enough room for us to get through, thank goodness.
Physostegia or the obedient plant is turning out to be a good bee plant, there always seems to be a bee visiting when I’m passing, now that there are more flowers open than when I took the photo!
Another wonderful plant for bees and hover flies is Angelica gigas. This is a seedling of a very deep purple one. Any seedlings that come up with green leaves are pulled out, they have very muddy looking flowers but I keep one or two that have purple leaves as the flowers should then be pink. I’m sure the bees don’t mind what colour the flowers are but I do! Seedlings have to be removed when small otherwise you will never get them out, they put down such a long, tough tap root. A large plant that needs plenty of space, I’m 5ft 8ins and it is much taller than me.
The back border by the woodland, brightens up at this time of year once Anemone hybrida var. japonica comes into flower. This is a nice deep pink one which shows up well in the shade, I did once plant a white on, unfortunately never to be seen again!
Rosa The Dark Lady has flowered and flowered and flowered! This is the best she has ever been, I’m assuming, thanks to all the rain. Not only looking beautiful, she has a wonderful perfume to match, just like a dark red rose should be.
Another plant that has obviously enjoyed all our rain is this dark pink Lythrum, it has either seeded along the border behind the dead oak or it has sent out runners, whatever it is, it has made a large clump or almost a drift of deep pink/purple. I think I will allow it to stay as I like the effect against the green grass.
Rudbeckia Goldsturm forming a splash of yellow, looking just like a patch of sunlight when the sun isn’t shining. Another super plant for bees and hoverflies.
My Lily in the front border is now just past its best and beginning to wind down but it has been fantastic for so long, since the end of July. The perfume has scented the whole of the front garden, I don’t think anyone can walk past without having a sniff. the bees like it too.
Inula helenium is another huge plant, well over 10ft tall which is at the far side of the pond. It did start out down near the greenhouse until it flopped everywhere and blocked the path. It was moved, but guess what, a root must have been left behind because it is still there! I think the only way to get rid of it permanently would be to paint it with something noxious which I’m rather reluctant to do, maybe I will have to build some sort of corset to stop it flopping!
Such a lovely smell when working round the Garlic Chives, these are used such a lot in cooking.
The wild aster which just arrived in the garden one year is also a magnet for all the bees. They don’t care that it hasn’t a fancy name and for that reason alone it is allowed to stay. I do have a few hybrid varieties, but the best for the bees are these wild ones.
Choisya ternata has decided to flower again, making a good splash of white in a dark corner of the back garden.
Flowering on the alpine scree is Sedum Matrona, I think I will take some cuttings of this to put in other beds. All the sedums are now flowering and are covered by yet more bees and butterflies, the whole garden is buzzing.
September has brought us some wonderful sunny summer weather, we had to wait a long time for it to come and we are really making the most of it, but in the mean time the rain has done wonders to the garden here, plants have flowered as never before and they have also grown far more than usual, we have noticed that even some trees are noticeably bigger with far more leaves than usual.