Are these the last flowers of summer or will there be more, who knows? When wandering around the garden, camera at the ready, I think it is amazing the plants that are still putting out new buds and that the odd flower or two are still enjoying the autumn sunshine. We have had a spell of warmer weather with the wind coming up from Africa and at last a load of rain arrived from Spain. What a difference the rain has made, it has given a very dry garden a new lease of life, just when I thought everything was shutting down. The roses are putting out lots of new buds, this one is Bonica, with plenty of buds still to come.
Rosa Ballerina also has plenty of buds still to come.
New shoots have been put out by this Hydrangea under the kitchen window.
How did we ever manage before Verbena bonariensis came on the scene, such a reliable stalwart these days.
This little Mexican daisy, Erigeron, knew just where to seed itself as it was dying in the nearby border, it has flowered all summer long and surely must stop soon.
This Diascia is just the same, surely it must need a rest by now.
The Fuchsias are still going strong, this one is Delta Sarah, lovely large flowers on it, quite a large plant altogether.
Fuchsia Whiteknights Blush is so pretty, smaller flowers than Delta Sarah but more of them, such a pretty shade of pink.
Rosa Regensberg was a present to me for Mother’s Day almost 20 yrs ago from my daughter and therefore very special.
This little Campanula seems to be everywhere now, I pull loads of it out each year but we always seem to have just as much as ever, and it never seems to stop flowering!
This is the common Valerian, a wild flower found in lots of wall crevices in the West country of England. We love it because of all the bees, butterflies and hummingbird hawk moths that it attracts.
So many buds on Rosa Buff Beauty, will they all have a chance to come out, we will just have to wait and see what the weather does.
Cyclamen hederifolium are still just about in flower, a lot less flowers now since last month, but then they have been flowering for so long.
Bedding begonias are getting better and better all the time, think I might try taking cuttings for next year as I would like a lot more!
The Verbascum seedling that suddenly appeared in the garden is now putting up new stems, its certainly determined to survive here.
Double Feverfew is going on forever, it has flowered all summer long, time for a rest now.
Pampas grass or Cortaderia pumilla, I think is beautiful in the right setting, some would say too suburban for a country garden, but I would disagree. One of the funniest things that I have seen is a squirrel trying to take one of the plumes back to its nest, up a tree, long stem and all!
Evening primrose are still putting out new shoots and flowers, soon, when I pull most of them out, I will save the seed for the birds over winter, goldfinches come to the plants, I wonder if they will like the seed as much from the bird table.
Hypericum prolificum is having a second flowering. It’s first flowering in the summer has the bush absolutely covered in these small flowers ,only 1cm across, just a few this time, they are a magnet for bees.
A new flower on our red Hydrangea, this one was given to us by a friend for our Ruby wedding a few years ago, so is very special.
Water forget-me-not having a last fling, this loves it in the bog garden.
Couldn’t leave out my favourite Stipa gigantea, this will carry on until the winds batter it to the ground in the new year.
I’m not sure if Mahonia Charity is the last flower of Autumn or if it should be included as the first flower of the new year, whatever it is, it is a beautiful bush flowering at this time of year.
While I was wandering about the garden, I realised that some plants are thoroughly confused and flowering again, when really they should be flowering in the spring. I felt they deserved a post to themselves and will do that in a few days time. In the meantime how is your garden, do you still have the last flowers of summer or has your garden already shut down for the winter, or if you are down under, you must be enjoying all the wonders of spring?