The days are getting chilly now and the nights even colder, autumn is around the corner and the blooms in the garden are on the wane. They are slowly being replaced by seed heads which deserve a blog post all to themselves.
Today, 15th of the month, is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, a meme that will push us garden bloggers in the Northern Hemisphere to find blooms in our gardens and delight garden bloggers in the Southern Hemisphere where their gardens are slowly coming to life.
September is the month for spiders webs in the garden and I had to fight my way through the tangled mass stretching across the garden and from plant to plant.
The Cosmos are still flowering away, although the white ones seem to be dwindling faster than the other coloured varieties which are pale lilac and a stronger purple.
After what appeared to be a long break between flowering and producing a second flush the roses are looking good although they do not appear to look as sharp and tidy as the June/July flush. This time they are a little ragged but still just as beautiful. The pale peachy/pink Compassion, as usual, is beautiful as is the mottled yellow and deep pink of what I believe to be a Peace rose, despite its label calling it a Silver Jubilee – this has been discussed in earlier blog posts.
True to form in other years, September brings out the white Anemones on the side patio which are looking fabulous. Growing to a height of about 5ft they never fail me. Strangely, along with some other plants that have not appeared this year, such as a very pretty pink Aster, the pink Anemones at the bottom of the garden have disappeared which is quite sad.
Next to the Anemones, the Mrs Popple Fuchsia is still an abundance of blooms and providing colour and contrast. This is a large hardy bush that I inherited when I moved here almost 13 years ago and is still going strong.
A lot of plants are looking tatty and in their last throes, such as the Summer Cocktail Echinacea. This is a new plant bought a few months ago from Crocus and has not flowered too well so I am expecting great things from it next year having had time to establish itself.
In contrast to the Echinacea, the Sedum is coming into its own now, slowly turning from a very pale pink to a deep rosy colour. This plant is guaranteed to provide colour in the garden throughout the autumn and into the winter months when it becomes a striking burgundy.
I have one plant in a large pot that I don’t think I have included in any previous posts, mainly because the flowers have disappointed me but this month the Abutilon has started to produce some very healthy looking blooms.
The Dahlias are still producing blooms and I wish I could remember the name of this variety which has enormous flower heads measuring between 15 – 18 cms in diameter.
I was pleased to see the reappearance of Verbena Bonariensis this year, albeit it sparse. In past years it has failed to come back at all so I must not complain. However, I would like to see swathes of this purple plant weaving its way through the flower bed, so maybe next year I’ll have better luck.
I suspect I am really going to struggle over the next few months to find anything for GBBD but we shall have to see.
Thank you Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme. Please pop over to her blog and take a look at what is flowering in other garden blogger gardens at this time of the year.
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