The promised Indian Summer, I think, got lost on it's way across the globe! Granted temperatures have been a little higher than I'd normally expect here but from early evenings through to late mornings, it's been misty and damp, so a bit like India in the Wet Season. The plants taking full advantage and I'm pleased that one or two are blooming for a second time this year.
Last post, there was a Hellebore flowering out of season. This September, a Rhododendron and Cowslip have joined the party! You are not seeing things. This Rhododendron flowers at the end of every summer, I've read that Rhododendrons often rebloom if the season has been very dry. Whilst it has been dry here, same can't be said of previous years and yet it bloomed bang on time in September the past 7 years. I thinned out the Honeysuckle (L periclymenum Scentsation) in the larger picture and it seems to have taken exception and put on just as much new growth as I cut out, which kind of defeated the purpose really. L Sweet Sue on the large trellis, flowered way back in May and that too seems to have found it's second wind. I mentioned back in my July post that I was about to chop the Astrantia back to encourage a second flush of flowers. A few of you commented on this at that time and as you can see - it works! All now have lovely healthy foliage and pushing up a few flowers, which will continue right to the first heavy frosts.
Roses reblooming this September - the only two plants not new to the garden this year are The Wedgewood Rose and Princess Alexandra of Kent. I've fallen head over heals with Apricot and Yellow Roses this year.
|Rosa: (clockwise from top left) The Wedgewood Rose, The Lark Ascending, Lady of Shallot,|
Graham Thomas, Crimson Cascade, Susan Williams Ellis and Princess Alexandra of Kent
Out front at the moment, the Rudbeckia are still looking great, a yellow late flowering Kniphofia has finally decided to throw up some flower stems. I suspect that these two will be a bit too zingy for my plans out here but lets enjoy them for now. The pot of orange begonias covers some bare earth before the cats get their paws on it!
|Rudbeckia and Kniphofia Bees Lemon|
|Rosa The Lark Ascending and Salvia Amistad|
|Leucanthemum Snow Lady|
The Buddleia providing much needed nourishment for the butterflies that are now starting to appear. The butterflies have obviously been about, just not in my garden, judging by the damage done on this red admiral's wings.
|Buddleia davidii Empire Blue and Red Admiral butterfly|
|Inherited dwaft Rhododendron|
|Cyclamen hederifolium and Colchicum|
Three roses (Susan Williams Ellis, Princess Alexandera of Kent and Rhapsody in Blue) were used as colour inspiration. The colours theme in this border will be Pink, Blue and White. The newly extended space will, I hope, give this border a bit more of a cottage feel. The Honeysuckle and Clematis already growing there will cover the fence and trellis, taller perennial foliage will also do their bit. I've kept and added to the collection of good old garden stalwarts, aquilegia, peonies, hardy geraniums, sedums, nepeta and oriental poppies - this far corner still has a fair bit of colour and one of my favourite late summer bloomers is just coming into bloom. Even one single flower stalk fills the air with it's sweet, almost candy like scent. Just wish I could put my finger on what it reminded me of.
|Actaea simplex Pink Spike, Rosa Princess Alexandra of Kent, Sedum (unknown), Anemone Pocahontus|
and Sedum Purple Emperor. Still blooming in September
There is little to see in the left hand side of this border, new plants are still small and other perennials are currently in die back mode. A couple of Sedums are however, just coming into their own.
|Sedum telephium maximum Gooseberry Fool|
|Sedum cauticola Coca Cola|
Over the other side of the trellis - plenty of foliage paired with a few Clematis flowers. The late summer flowering shrub Heptacodium miconoides is just coming into bloom. You know it's been a good summer here when it flowers. In general, this usually flowers later and the buds have been known to get caught by an early frost. The Alchemilla is also throwing up a few late blooms too.
I had hoped Clematis Ville de Lyon would not suffer the powdery mildew it used to in it's old home but the move has not improved things. I will, I think, need to source a replacement - a far more resistant form.
|Clematis Ville de Lyon|
|Heptacodium miconoides |
aka Seven Son Flower Tree
|Persicaria JS Caliente, Chinochloa rubra and Sedum|
|Digitalis x mertonensis, Sedum Red Globe and Persicaria Red Dragon|
|Sedum Red Globe and Heuchera Palace Purple|
|Physocarpus Burning Embers and Kirengeshoma palmatum|
I end with a shot of the Fuchsias on the back steps. You can read all about how they came to my garden here. I grow these for my mum (she lives with me), she loves Fuchsia and I'm not their greatest fan but for once I relented and to be honest, I'm kind of glad I did, they add a bit of colour to an otherwise dull stone step.