I took these photos on Saturday as I knew I’d be out all day Sunday, and not only was it pouring with rain but the wind was blowing at around 50mph making it officially a gale. Consequently some of the photos are rather blurry as, funnily enough, is it was difficult to persuade the blooms stand still.
The number of plants blooming has dropped off dramatically in the last week or so, and the vast majority of my annuals have now flowered themselves to death. The blooms which are still flowering are overwhelmingly pink, a colour largely inherited when we moved in, but which has been further augmented over time, to the point where this post is rather extraordinarily monochrome.
The Rosa Flower Carpet Pink (top) I’ve mentioned numerous times, but it really is an incredible ‘doer’, (although the buds do get rather battered in the rain). Here it is joined by the extraordinary Nerine bowdenii – ridiculous flowers for November!
Another shrub Anisodontea capensis is looking better now than it has all year. It was planted a few years ago and has definitely taken some time to settle in. I grew one at a previous property against a south facing wall and to be honest I think it would prefer that kind of protection, but it does get plenty of light and has now grown to the extent that I’m thinking it could do with a spring pruning.
Another genus of plants hanging on are my Salvias. This one, Salvia Dyson’s Scarlet, was new this year and is still absolutely amazing.
Other Salvias still have blooms, but aren’t in the same league. This one’s Salvia East Friesland
And to finish, a rather incongruous shot of the heat and sun loving Zinnias, looking sad and bedraggled in the November rain.
With many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting everyone’s GBBD. Why don’t you pop over and have a look at what everyone else has blooming now?