So many of the plants flowering now have already been featured in previous GBBD, so I thought I’d start with one that hasn’t. This is Clematis ‘Freckles’, flowering on the pergola together with Rosa St Swithun. According to Crocus.co.uk it is ‘often out by Christmas and sometimes by November’. Clearly mine doesn’t have a calendar to hand.
Other non-annuals flowering now include Aster Frikartii Monch
and Aster September Ruby
I’ve still got plenty of roses flowering, although many have been battered by the recent weather. This one was inherited and is, I think, Rosa Flower Carpet Pink.
These next three were also inherited, so I’m not sure of their names.
This last one is a bit of a joke as it is clearly very red when the rest of the garden is pink. It was accidentally chopped right down to the ground by a builder when we were having a porch extension a couple of years ago. I decided I wasn’t too upset as it didn’t really go with anything, but clearly, to spite me, it’s bounced back and is better than ever.
I can see it from the kitchen and I grudgingly have to admit that while it doesn’t match anything in the garden, it does go nicely with the Aga!
I love the dusky pink colour of this potentilla – I think it’s Potentilla nepalensis,. I have a number of these plants in the Mediterranean beds and they’re flowering beautifully now, even though the weather could hardly be described as Mediterranean.
These can’t really be described as blooms, but I just love the flower shapes these succulent leaves make. These are all still in the garden at the moment but expect they’ll all have to be taken inside by next month.
And a last non-annual – this is Pelargonium sidoides. I just love the dark, rich colour against a silvery leaf and have even started cutting it for flower arrangements as the flower stems seem to get longer and longer as the season progresses. I really must get round to taking more cuttings.
And to finish, an avalanche of annuals – all I think featured before, but all still flowering their socks off, bless them!
Zinnia, Giant Dahlia Mixed (the first bloom looking rather strangely glossy in the rain)
and Zinnia Envy
Two Cleomes, C. Cherry Queen and C. Violet Queen. The colours are more different than the photo would would suggest.
Marigolds – although some have succumbed to powdery mildew, many are still going strong.
Nasturtium Black Velvet. These stopped flowering completely after the summer drought, but are flowering beautifully again now – they seem to be relishing this wet weather.
And to finish, my Tithonia rotundiflora ‘Torch’. I planted around 8-10 plants out back in June, and now have a veritable hedge, 20 ft long and 6 ft high. Beats Leylandii any day.
With thanks as ever to Carol at May Dream Gardens for hosting GBBD.