Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2014

I haven’t contributed to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (15th) for some time now. To be honest I had forgotten all about it until I saw a couple of blog posts for GBBD on my Reader list. So spurred into action it’s time I did one for September.

The battery on my camera needs recharging so I took my iPad out into the garden to take pics of the remaining flowers in the garden. I still haven’t quite got to grips with WordPress in the iPad but here goes!

It is very dry at the moment, we have not had any rain for well over a week and the temperature has risen again, following a chilly August. Most of what flowers are left are looking a bit raggy but there are still enough to pick to make pretty posies.

The side patio is looking particularly good, especially the Passion Flower which is covered in more blooms now than there have been all summer.

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The Fuchsia has struggled but is holding its own and will continue to flower for a good few months. You may notice some of the leaves have yellowed and look like the black spot you get on roses.

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Next to them in the side border are the Japanese Anemones, not as many as in past years because I pulled a lot up but still enough to make a good display.

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The Choysia is flowering again!

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I know this is supposed to be about blooms but the front garden is looking colourful with wonderful red berries on the Skimmia. This large shrub usually has white blossom during the summer but seems to have continued to produce berries instead of flowers, not sure why.

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The Cotoneaster which grows on the wall between me and next door is covered in berries also.

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Going into the back garden again, the Sedum is taking on beautiful rosy hues.

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The Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is on its second flush. I gave it a haircut some weeks ago which it seems to have benefitted from.

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Behind the Salvia is the Penstemon.

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I have a couple of yellow Dahlia plants that come up every year. I don’t dig up the tubers and they don’t seem to suffer from being left in the ground all winter.

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The Cosmos continues to produce flowers although the stems have collapsed into the Dahlia bushes.

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Tucked into the edge of the raised bed, it found some nasturtiums clambering through the Euphorbia. They come back every year but are looking slightly sorry for themselves this year.

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Finally, although most of the flowers in the raised bed are finished, the Calendulas continue to flower, but looking at this photo I can see there is some serious deadheading to be done!

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Thank you May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme.

Please hop over to her blog by clicking here and take a look at all the other September blooms.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

Weekly Photo Challenge : Spring (Tree Peonies)

What a great challenge!  My library is full of photos full of Spring flowers that I have recently taken.   The Weekly Photo Challenge is “What does Spring mean to you”.   Daffodils, primroses, bluebells and forget-me-nots are all signs of Spring.   However the one flower I always get excited to see is the Tree Peony.   My one greatest wish is to have a garden large enough to have at least one Tree Peony.

We have a popular garden in Worthing that is lovingly cared for by the Local Authority – Highdown Gardens.   It has a fabulous variety of Tree Peonies and this afternoon I paid a visit with my camera.  I was almost too late,  it is a very sheltered place and the Tree Peonies were just going over, but still looking great.  Some of the blooms are the size of dinner plates, and all were a wonderful selection of colours.

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