The best bit about this view is the newly mown, stripy lawn – thanks hubs!
Taking the usual End of Month tour takes us firstly past the metal troughs which have been taken over by two enormous, self seeded Shoo-fly plants (Nicandra physalodes). I confessed last month that the Cosmos and trailing Sweet peas planted in the troughs this year were unhappy with such hot roots, so I’ve let the Shoo-flies take over.
The plan for next year is an abundance of Pelargoniums – reckon they’ll be happier?
Talking of unhappy, the Veg Patch is a little sorry now too. Not only have the cutting flowers largely given up
but the Diving Lady’s pool has dried up, and the beans have fallen over.
And those of a sensitive disposition look away now – I seem to be feeding the Island’s Cabbage White caterpillar population with my ‘Flower Sprouts.’
The Flower Sprouts are a cross between kale and Brussel sprouts, which supposedly grow ‘baby’ kales (kalettes), at the leaf axils (where you’d ordinarily find the Brussels). I’ve been trying to convince myself that I don’t need the leaves as they’re not the crop, but I guess without the leaves there is no ‘engine’ to grow the ‘kalettes’. Hmmm.
On a cheerier note the Swing Beds are still colourful, with even a Lupin in bloom.
On the Swing Pergola itself there is a veil of flowering Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles.’
Whilst up close they’re very pretty, from a distance I have to admit they’re rather a mess!
Interestingly, the Cosmos in the Grass Bed which got damaged in earlier windy weather, has now all but disappeared, with the white Malopes and self seeded Nasturtiums taking over.
In the Mid Century Bed the Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita’ has been hauled back upright having flopped right over the path, and is still providing fabulous foliage to accompany
the remaining blooms, particularly the Dahlia ‘La Recoleta’ and the roses.
I’m also delighted that the Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ (planted in April) has survived despite my rather haphazard attentions over the summer and is now looking settled.
The Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin f rosea), planted at the same time as the Cercis, is also fine, but looking a little overwhelmed by the Asters in the photo below!
In the Greenhouse beds, my clearing of the Nasturtiums last month (in an effort to expose some soil for the poppies to self seed) didn’t exactly go to plan. Instead, the Nasturtiums are back in force and sadly, there’s no sign of any poppy seedlings.
In the Greenhouse Pots, a Sarah Raven combo has been flowering for months – Arctotis ‘Flame’ and Thunbergia ‘African Sunset.’
Whilst in the greenhouse, most things are coming to an end,
the cuttings are just beginning.
One thing I’m hoping to grow more of is this Pelargonium ‘Choun Cho.’
Along by the house, the Flower Carpet roses are back with a vengeance and smothered in buds.
Buds too on the Nerines.
Round the corner the inherited roses by the gate are reflecting the (definitely inherited!) pampas.
In the tin bath at the top of the steps, the Osteospermum ‘Serenity Rose Magic’ (also from Sarah Raven) have survived best of everything in here. I took plenty of cuttings at the weekend so hopefully I’ll have more next year.
The Bronze Bed is still doing well – the ‘Happy Single Dates’ are only looking a little thin because I’d picked loads for a big vase.
And to finish, better late than never. My neighbour gave me seedlings of Morning Glory ahead of June’s garden opening, but sadly I didn’t get them planted out until quite some time later. But look, they’re flowering now – thanks Rosy!
With thanks too to Steve, at Glebe House Garden, who has taken over hosting End of Month views.